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

ISBN-10: 1597269727
ISBN-13: 9781597269728
Edition: 2011
Authors: Jarrett Walker
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 12/22/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

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. InHuman Transit, Walker supplies the basic tools, the critical questions, and the means to make smarter decisions about designing and implementing transit services.  Human Transitexplains 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.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
What Transit Is And Does
What Makes Transit Useful? Seven Demands And How Transit Serves Them
Five Paths To Confusion
Lines, Loops, And Longing
Touching The City: Stops And Stations
Peak Or All Day?
Frequency Is Freedom
The Obstacle Course: Speed, Delay, And Reliability
Density Distractions
Ridership or Coverage? The Challenge of Service Allocation
Can Fares Be Fair?
Connections or Complexity?
From Connections to Networks to Places
Be on the Way! Transit Implications of Location Choice
On the Boulevard
Take the Long View
Epilogue: Geometry, Choices, Freedom
Notes
Index

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