Education is what will keep us moving – Millions of new jobs in transport require highly skilled workers

Growing up in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, Ngani Ndimbie walked or rode her bike everywhere. As a teenager, she enjoyed even greater independence thanks to the public bus system. Now, as a prospective transportation planner, she envisions a country where everyone can easily access the traditional forms of transit that served her as a child, as well as high-tech modes we’ve yet to imagine.
Whether you’re rich or poor, disabled or able-bodied, on a bike or in a driverless car, getting from here to there should be a simple pleasure, says Ndimbie, a Carnegie Mellon University master’s degree candidate and Women in Transportation fellow with Traffic21, a research institute focusing on smart transportation.