This semester, I did several projects on the history of trolleys and light rail in the United States for UMass’s Regional Planning 651 – Planning History and Theory . For my final portfolio, I’m sharing with you, the world!
The first project is a presentation about the development of trolley and light rail systems in America and their impacts on development patterns. The speech of the presentation is in the speakers notes. The second project is a photo essay depicting the development of rail transit vehicle design between the 1880’s and 2016.
I do not feel like I have learned very much new information about trolley and light rail systems this semester, from a history and theory perspective. That is because I have been studying street railway history since I was about five years old. However, I think I have grown somewhat in my professional skills this semester. That was my goal for this series of projects and this class in general because presentation skills will be critical to my job as a transit planner.
From my own presentation and those of my classmates, I have learned how to communicate both history and planning ideas to audiences. Perhaps the most important thing I have learned is to include an specific example when I am giving a history or similarly broad presentation. In any circumstance, I think this class has helped me grow in the professional track I identified at the beginning of the semester.
I hope everyone enjoys both pieces and finds them informative!