I've been thinking really hard about becoming a public transit planner in the future. I think it's right for me, but I wanted to get an opinion from someone who has possibly been in that business.
I live in Toronto and Iím attending Centennial College for Journalism. Iíve completed my 2nd year of the program and have 1 more year left. My end goal is to get a Masters degree in urban planning, so Iíll need to attend university at the undergraduate level before I can do that.
To say the least, I'm a transit geek. I love public transit. I always think about how we can improve our public transit system (e.g. routing a bus route, adding rapid transit routes). Also, I:
-Love to take different bus routes around the city
-Always wonder why they increase or decrease bus service on a particular street, why they build a subway in a certain place
-I remember when I was about 5, my parents bought me a plastic floor mat with a picture of a road on it. I used to love lining up the cars at the traffic light and moving them simontanously.
-I love driving around the city or metropolitan area. If my family wants someone to drive, I'm always the one willing to drive
-I go to cities and compare our roads and public transit system to my city, and I note the subtle differences (e.g. interlining, the headways)
-I think about why they run a bus from a particular station over another (e.g. there's a bottleneck in the middle of the route, so it starts from another station)
Now I may not know the in's and out's of a transportation planner, but it seems like a career I would be passionate about. So would I be suitable for a transportation planner job?