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Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives
     

Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives

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by Jarrett Walker
 

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ISBN-10: 1597269727

ISBN-13: 9781597269728

Pub. Date: 12/22/2011

Publisher: Island Press


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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597269728
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
12/22/2011
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
323,903
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 What Transit Is And Does 13

2 What Makes Transit Useful? Seven Demands And How Transit Serves Them 23

3 Five Paths To Confusion 39

4 Lines, Loops, And Longing 47

5 Touching The City: Stops And Stations 59

6 Peak Or All Day? 73

7 Frequency Is Freedom 85

8 The Obstacle Course: Speed, Delay, And Reliability 97

9 Density Distractions 109

10 Ridership or Coverage? The Challenge of Service Allocation 117

11 Can Fares Be Fair? 135

12 Connections or Complexity? 147

13 From Connections to Networks to Places 163

14 Be on the Way! Transit Implications of Location Choice 181

15 On the Boulevard 205

16 Take the Long View 215

Epilogue: Geometry, Choices, Freedom 223

Notes 229

Index 237

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Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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