Jean Sanson explains why Educating Future Transportation Leaders will help save the planet
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This episode we're talking with Jean Sanson. Jean is a Senior Transportation Planner at the City of Boulder and an Instructor with the Masters of the Environment program at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Professional Bio: Jean Sanson has dedicated her 20+ year career to the field of transportation planning, developing and delivering innovative mobility solutions vital to a sustainable urban future. She brings a collaborative approach to her work and expertise in the areas of regional and corridor transit system planning; complete street design; transit-oriented development; alternatives analyses; and community facilitation. Jean has built a reputation in the national planning community as dynamic and engaging professional, drawing on a wide array of experience in the both the private and public sector. 

As a private transportation consultant, Jean led a number of interdisciplinary transportation projects throughout the United States. Her work includes planning major transit infrastructure investments such as the TEXRail project connecting Dallas and Fort Worth, a commuter rail network for the Phoenix region, and an innovative multimodal transportation system for Bryce Canyon National Park. Closer to home, Jean has worked on the design of several of the complex RTD FasTracks corridors, an expansive bicycle system for the Colorado Springs region, and transit-oriented development plans for communities throughout the Front Range. 

In her current position as a Senior Transportation Planner for the City of Boulder, Jean is leading efforts to transform Boulder’s regional commuter corridors from car-oriented highways to corridors that offer convenient travel options, reduce car dependency and move the city and region towards our aggressive climate and sustainability goals. Prior to arriving in Boulder Jean served in the Peace Corps in the remote region of Batanes, Philippines, enacting community development programs. 

She received her Master of Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her Bachelor of Arts, specializing in Urban Planning from the University of California, San Diego. She is a highly regarded speaker and has frequently presented at Rail~Volution, American Planning Association, and National Association of Transportation Officials conferences throughout North America. 

You’ll often find her on her bike or hiking the trails with her husband and two daughters.

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