Kate Howe is a multi-disciplinary project manager and planner who works to integrate land use with transit planning and architecture. She has led collaborative teams for the successful adoption of comprehensive, sub area and station area plans, code updates, and redevelopment strategies. For TOD projects, she collaborates with VIA’s design team to ensure good communication and collaboration between disciplines towards identified project outcomes. She often supports VIA’s technical teams for major infrastructure project delivery – including Surrey LRT Urban Integration Guidelines, Evergreen Line ALRT and LRT, and BART’s Civic Center and Concord Station Modernizations. Other recent work includes Project Managing the UCSF Parnassus Heights Campus Plan, conducting Station Area Planning for the Southwest Corridor LRT project in Portland, and drafting BART’s first Sustainability Action Plan.
Favorite Project & Why
Portland’s Employment TOD. I loved working with City staff and stakeholders to adapt the new Orange Light Rail Line with the east side urban industrial district. The project altered how I think about transit-related investment and challenged our team to apply both equity and employment filters to decision making.
Favorite Thing About Your Job
Working with clients and collaborators to tackle problems.
Favorite Thing to Do
NorCal weekend escapades – especially those involving redwoods.
Three Things You Can’t Live Without
Affordable housing, a sweet bike commute, a perfect walk-score.