Christof Spieler

Christof Spieler
Vice President & Director of Planning
Huitt-Zollars, Inc.
Christof Spieler, PE, LEED AP is a Vice President and Director of Planning at Huitt-Zollars, a Senior Lecturer at Rice University, and author of "Trains, Buses, People: an opinionated atlas of US transit." At Huitt-Zollars, he has done land use and transportation plans in a variety of settings, including a mixed use district plan in Downtown Houston, citywide land use policy in Sugar Land, TX, a multimodal medical center access plan in El Paso, greenway planning in Houston, flood research, a transit-oriented development master plan in Seattle, a Livable Centers Plan in Rosenberg, a new bike plan for Houston, and transit planning in St. Paul, Greenville, and Bentonville. He's currently working with MBTA and Trinity Metro on bus network redesigns. He served as a member of the board of directors of Houston’s Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) from 2010 to 2018. As the chair of METRO’s Strategic Planning committee, he initiated the Transit System Reimagining process, a blank sheet re-design of the entire bus system. During his term, METRO successfully obtained a $900 million in federal funding for light rail, opened 3 rail line increased transparency, put Houston transit on a firm financial footing, initiated a new BRT project in a major job center, and won APTA’s Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award. Christof has written and spoken extensively on transit and urban planning. His book, "Trains, Buses, People: an opinionated atlas of US transit" was published in 2018 by Island Press. He teaches courses in Architecture and Civil Engineering at Rice University. As a member of the American Public Transit Association's Sustainability and Urban Design Working Group, he has helped draft national standards on transit and urban design. He is also a contributor to NACTO's Transit Street Design Guide and a board member at TransitCenter in New York. Christof holds a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Rice University. He lives in Downtown Houston and relies on transit and walking for most of his daily trips.
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