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About Me

Headshot_102012My name is Ryan Richter and I am a transportation planner for Metra, the commuter rail agency in Chicago. My work primarily lies within the long-range planning realm of transportation planning with specific work done on corridor studies, transit-oriented development planning, and spatial analysis.  The opinions on this blog are strictly my own.

I come to the planning profession by way of an undergraduate degree in geography with specialization in geographic information systems (GIS) from the University of Iowa and a graduate degree in urban planning and policy with an emphasis in transportation planning from the University of Illinois at Chicago. More information about my professional experience and qualifications can be found here and here.

Transport Nexus was developed out of a few questions that I have asked myself ever since I was a child, moving from my childhood home on the northwest side of Chicago to the far northern suburbs as a teenager: why do the suburbs feel less free? As in, why could I no longer ride a bike to visit all of my friends? Why could I not walk to school? Why could I not do anything without a car? As I have learned over the years, through both anecdotal personal experience and my academic and professional knowledge, the built environment, codified through land use zoning and transportation have a symbiotic relationship. Thus, low density single family homes built on a quarter acre (typical land uses in modern suburbs) cannot adequately support public transportation and are almost exclusively served by private automobile. I seek to examine this relationship, this nexus, between transportation and land use, along with other transportation and urban planning related items in this blog.

I will strive to keep my personal hobbies, brewing beer and maintaining a planted aquarium, out of this blog unless I find a transportation and land use nexus between them.

For any professional inquiries, please contact me.