Through my consulting firm, Bespoke Transit Solutions, I provide urban transport research, design, and planning services to non-governmental organizations, cities, transit agencies, and transit consultants. While based in Boulder, Colorado, I work globally. Bespoke Transit is certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) with the state of Colorado and Los Angeles Metro; as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) with Denver's Regional Transportation District (RTD); and as a Minority/Women Business Enterprise with the City and County of Denver. 

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Aileen Carrigan, Principal & Founder

I design, plan, and help to implement transit services that meet the diverse needs of the public, including pedestrians, bicyclists, women, youth, and people with disabilities.  I bring a user's perspective to the design of passenger information systems, transit infrastructure, and service planning.  I am interested in understanding, and helping cities navigate, the complexities of implementing large transit infrastructure projects like BRT. I founded Bespoke Transit Solutions in 2015 to use my interdisciplinary design and planning skills to improve bus transit in cities.

As a Senior Associate at the World Resources Institute, I led global research related to public transit, primarily bus rapid transit (BRT). I managed a small team who supported transit projects and programs in Brazil, Colombia, China, India, Mexico, Peru, Turkey, and the U.S. My published research focuses on social, environmental, and public health impacts of transport; cost-benefit analysis of BRT systems; national transit investment programs; best practices in public transit marketing and communications; and BRT implementation guidelines.  

With a fellowship from Harvard University, I had the unique opportunity to embed myself as a transportation planner within Johannesburg's department of transport, supporting the design and implementation of the Rea Vaya BRT system ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Previously, I also contributed to bicycle and wheelchair fabrication enterprises in developing countries. 

I hold a Master in Urban Planning from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.