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Transport for Suburbia: Beyond the Automobile Age
     

Transport for Suburbia: Beyond the Automobile Age

by Paul Mees
 

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ISBN-10: 1844077403

ISBN-13: 9781844077403

Pub. Date: 02/28/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The need for effective public transport in the 21st century is greater than ever. With countries like china and India moving towards mass automobility, we face the prospects of an environmental and urban health disaster unless alternatives are found. It is time to move beyond the automobile age. But while public transport has worked well in the dense cores of some

Overview

The need for effective public transport in the 21st century is greater than ever. With countries like china and India moving towards mass automobility, we face the prospects of an environmental and urban health disaster unless alternatives are found. It is time to move beyond the automobile age. But while public transport has worked well in the dense cores of some big cities, the problem is that most residents of developed countries now live in dispersed suburbs and smaller cities and towns. These places usually have little or no public transport, and most transport commentators have given up on the task of changing this-it all seems too hard.

This book argues that the secret of 'European-style' public transport lies in a model of network planning that has worked in places as diverse as rural Switzerland, the Brazilian city of Curitiba and the Canadian cities of Toronto and Vancouver. It shows how this model can be adapted to suburban, exurban and even rural areas to provide a genuine alternative to the car, and outlines the governace, funding and service planning policies that underpin the success of the world's best public transport systems.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844077403
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/2010
Edition description:
1
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables ix

Preface xi

List of Abbreviations xiii

1 Public Transport 101 1

2 The Automobile Age 11

3 Beyond the Automobile Age 37

4 The Compact City 51

5 Planning, Markets and Public Transport 69

6 Toronto and Melbourne Revisited 91

7 The Busway Solution 111

8 The Zurich Model 129

9 Towards a General Theory of Public Transport Network Planning 147

10 Planning a Network 165

11 Every Transit User is Also a Pedestrian 183

12 The Politics of Public Transport 195

References 203

Index 215

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