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The Transit Metropolis: A Global Inquiry

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Around the world, mass transit is struggling to compete with the private automobile, and in many places, its market share is rapidly eroding. Yet a number of metropolitan areas have in recent decades managed to mount cost-effective and resource-conserving transit services that provide respectable alternatives to car travel. What sets these places apart?

 

In this book, noted transportation expert Robert Cervero provides an on-the-ground look at more than a dozen mass transit success stories, introducing the concept of the "transit metropolis"—a region where a workable fit exists between transit services and urban form. The author has spent more than three years studying cities around the world, and he makes a compelling case that metropolitan areas of any size and with any growth pattern—from highly compact to widely dispersed—can develop successful mass transit systems.

 

Following an introductory chapter that frames his argument and outlines the main issues, Cervero describes and examines five different types of transit metropolises, with twelve in-depth case studies of cities that represent each type. He considers the key lessons of the case studies and debunks widely held myths about transit and the city. In addition, he reviews the efforts underway in five North American cities to mount transit programs and discusses the factors working for and against their success. Cities profiled include Stockholm; Singapore; Tokyo; Ottawa; Zurich; Melbourne; Mexico City; Curitiba, Brazil; Portland, Oregon; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

The Transit Metropolis provides practical lessons on how North American cities can manage sprawl and haphazard highway development by creating successful mass transit systems. While many books discuss the need for a sustainable transportation system, few are able to present examples of successful systems and provide the methods and tools needed to create such a system. This book is a unique and invaluable resource for transportation planners and professionals, urban planners and designers, policymakers and students of planning and urban design.

Synopsis:

Around the world, mass transit is struggling to compete with the private automobile. Yet a number of metropolitan areas have in recent decades managed to mount cost-effective and resource-conserving transit services that provide alternatives to car travel. What sets these places apart? Noted transportation expert Robert Cervero provides an on-the-ground look at more than a dozen mass transit success stories, introducing the concept of the "transit metropolis"--a region where a workable fit exists between transit services and urban form.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 447-448) and index.

About the Author

Robert Cervero is professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley and author of Transit Villages for the 21st Century (McGraw-Hill, 1997).

Table of Contents

Preface

 

PART I. The Case for the Transit Metropolis

Chapter 1. Transit and the Metropolis: Finding Harmony

-Types of Transit Metropolises

-Transit Services and Technologies

-The Case Approach

 

Chapter 2. Transit and the Changing World

-Economic Restructuring: The Twin Forces of Concentration and Dispersal

-Motorization 

-The Changing Nature of Travel and Its Causes

-Problems of an Automobile-Dependent World

 

Chapter 3. Public Policies and the Sustainable Transit Metropolis

-Demand-Side Approaches

-Supply-Side Approaches

-Built Environments and the Demand for Transit

-Transit's Impacts on Land Uses and Urban Form

 

PART II. Adaptive Cities: Creating a Transit-Oriented Built Form

Chapter 4. Orbiting the City with Rail-Served Satellites: Stockholm, Sweden

-Building a Transit Metropolis

-Building a World-Class Transit System

-Stockholm's Rail-Served Satellites

-Balance and Self-Containment

-Commuting to and from Stockholm's New Towns

-Supportive Policies and Programs

-Learning from Stockholm

 

Chapter 5. The Hand-Shaped Metropolis: Copenhagen, Denmark

-Institutional Landscape

-Evolution of Copenhagen's Land Use-Transport Plans

-New Town Development

-Development and Transit Ridership Trends

-Shoring Up the Finger Plan

-Nonmotorized Transport

-Other Constraints on Auto Use

-Learning from Copenhagen

 

Chapter 6. The Master-Planned Transit Metropolis: Singapore

-From Rickshaw to Rapid Transit

-Centralized Planning in Singapore

-Implementing the Plan

-Urban Transport in Singapore

-Restraints on Automobiles

-Looking to the Future: The Constellation Plan

-Learning from Singapore

 

Chapter 7. The Entrepreneurial Transit Metropolis: Tokyo, Japan

-Railway Development in Greater Tokyo

-Private Suburban Railways and New Towns

-The Tama Denin Toshi New Town

-Recent Publicly Sponsored Rail-Oriented New Towns

-Learning from Tokyo

 

PART III. The Hybrids: Adaptive Cities and Adaptive Transit

Chapter 8. Making Transit Work in the Land of the Autobahn: Munich, Germany

-Transit and the City

-Transit and Institutional Coordination

-Coordinating Transit and Urban Development

-Learning from Munich

 

Chapter 9. Busways and the Hybrid Metropolis: Ottawa, Canada

-The Ottawa-Carleton Region

-Creating a Transit Metropolis

-OC Transpo: Fitting Transit and the Cityscape

-Development Impacts

-Learning from Ottawa

 

Chapter 10. Creating a Linear City with a Surface Metro: Curitiba, Brazil

-The Curitiba Approach to Growth

-Evolution of Integrated Planning in Curitiba

-Land-Use Regulations and Supportive Policies

-World-Class Transit at a Low Cost: Transit Today in Curitiba

-Learning from Curitiba

 

PART IV. Strong-Core Cities: Transit and Central City Revitalization

Chapter 11. Creating First-Class Transit with Transit-first Policies: Zurich, Switzerland

-Transit and the City

-Zurich's Transit-First Policy

-Speed-up Transit Program

-Restraints on Automobiles

-Regional Service and Fare Incentives

-Zurich's Verkehrsverbund

-The Payoff

Product Details

ISBN:
9781559635912
Subtitle:
A Global Inquiry
Author:
Cervero, Robert
Publisher:
Island Press
Location:
Washington, D.C. :
Subject:
Planning
Subject:
Commercial
Subject:
City Planning & Urban Development
Subject:
City planning
Subject:
Urban transportation
Subject:
Land use
Subject:
Local transit
Subject:
Commuting.
Subject:
Political Policy - City Planning & Urban Dev.
Subject:
Public Policy - City Planning & Urban Dev.
Subject:
Industries - Transportation
Subject:
TRA009000
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies City Specific
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19981001
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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