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Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Livesby Jarrett Walker
Synopses & Reviews
Public transit is a powerful tool for addressing a huge range of urban problems, including traffic congestion and economic development as well as climate change. But while many people support transit in the abstract, it's often hard to channel that support into good transit investments. Part of the problem is that transit debates attract many kinds of experts, who often talk past each other. Ordinary people listen to a little of this and decide that transit is impossible to figure out.
Jarrett Walker believes that transit can be simple, if we focus first on the underlying geometry that all transit technologies share. In Human Transit, Walker supplies the basic tools, the critical questions, and the means to make smarter decisions about designing and implementing transit services.
Human Transit explains the fundamental geometry of transit that shapes successful systems; the process for fitting technology to a particular community; and the local choices that lead to transit-friendly development. Whether you are in the field or simply a concerned citizen, here is an accessible guide to achieving successful public transit that will enrich any community.
Book News Annotation:
Designed for a range of readers, from public transit professionals to concerned citizens, Walker's text explores the nuances of how public transit works as an urban mobility tool and how it fits into the larger challenge of urban transportation. This information will help readers gain the confidence to form and advocate clear opinions about the kind of transit they desire and how an effective system can help to create the type of city they want to live in. While the main focus is on the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, the core ideas of the book can be applied anywhere in the world. Walker works as a consultant in North America and Australia and has 20-plus years of experience in public transportation systems design. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Jarrett Walker has been designing public transit systems for over 20 years. He is an independent consultant in North America and Principal Consultant with MRCagney in Australia. He writes the popular transit blog HumanTransit.org.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. What Transit Is and Does
Chapter 2. What Makes Transit Useful? Seven Demands and How Transit Serves Them
Chapter 3. Five Paths to Confusion
Chapter 4. Lines, Loops, and Longing
Chapter 5. Touching the City: Stops and Stations
Chapter 6. Peak or All Day?
Chapter 7. Frequency Is Freedom
Chapter 8. The Obstacle Course: Speed, Delay, and Reliability
Chapter 9. Density Distractions
Chapter 10. Ridership or Coverage? The Challenge of Service Allocation
Chapter 11. Can Fares Be Fair?
Chapter 12. Connections or Complexity?
Chapter 13. From Connections to Networks to Places
Chapter 14. Be on the Way! Transit Implications of Location Choice
Chapter 15. On the Boulevard
Chapter 16. Take the Long View
Epilogue: Geometry, Choices, Freedom
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