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|Student Spotlight: Jamie Roberts|
“My interest in transportation planning was born from my concern for both human and environmental health during my undergraduate career. From both of those perspectives, I was consistently coming to the same conclusion; if we change the way we think about transportation, it can change the world,” shared Jamie Roberts. After continued research in transit, bikeability, and walkability from the lens of both human and environmental health, planning student Jamie Roberts realized that transportation planning was the field where he could have the most influence.
Jamie recently received her master’s degree in City and Regional Planning with a focus in Transportation Planning at The Ohio State University. While earning her degree she worked as a Capital Projects and Planning Intern at the Central Ohio Transit Authority. Prior to graduation, Jamie helped with the implementation of the Transit System Redesign (TSR), an initiative that completely updated the transit system to be more efficient.
Jamie is currently working in the Washington D.C. metro region for Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning. Foursquare ITP is a multi-modal transportation planning firm focused on providing innovative transportation solutions that are practical, focused, and implementable.
“I always hope to practice what I preach and truly understand the challenges that I work to fix,” shared Jamie. “In 2011, I sold my car and I have experienced firsthand what equitable and useful transit feels like and the consequences when it does not exist.” Jamie has experienced both efficient and chaotic transportation systems in US cities and has twice traveled to Taiwan in order to study their dynamic mass transit systems. From these experiences, Jamie knows that the advancement in transportation technology will begin to reshape cities. In order to make sure that our cities remain multimodal and equitable spaces, Jamie believes that active transportation and mass transit activists will have to readdress how they frame these options.
“I trust that we can change the discourse around transportation and change how we look at our built environment related to our health and sustainability,” commented Jamie. “I plan to dedicate my career to ensuring this happens.”
We recently caught up with Jamie and here is more from our conversation …
Q: Which ACSP member school did you attend?
Q: What specialty did you study?
Q: Why did you select your particular specialty?
Q: Do you have a current job or internship in your specialty?
Q: Is there a particular class or professor that has made a great impact on you? How so?
Q: What's your favorite project you’ve worked on, in class or in practice?
Q: What future goals do you have in your field?
Q: How has planning school changed your daily habits?
Q: What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Q: How many different cities have you lived in and which was your favorite?
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Q: What is the title of the last book you read? What did you learn from it?
Q: What’s your favorite color and how would you creatively incorporate it into a planning project?
Q: Do you have any advice for planning students?