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Spieler sits on the board of directors, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, Texas. He commutes today by light rail and formerly rode Metro’s old No. 9 Gulfton. But Jaffe says Spieler is a rarity. Too often, the people in charge of transit systems don’t actually ride on them.
According to Jaffe, Spieler is “Exhibit A for why the people planning America’s transit systems ... should be riders themselves.” Spieler couldn’t have played an instrumental role in developing a system redesign without his experience as a rider.