Human Transit

Human Transit

How Clearer Thinking About Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Island Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9781597269728
Characteristics: x, 244 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Orozco, Eric


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Aug 10, 2016

This is a lucid, logical and concise book, but almost arbitrary to the reality of such things.
Take for instance, Seattle and King Country, Washington, USA.
The transportation systems here are fundamentally designed - - not by transportation engineers - - but by the Community Development Roundtable, with predictable outcomes!
Instead of the topographically logical monorail system, it is now trolleys and surface light rail [even grade, meaning tunnels required] - - an illogical and overly expensive [i.e., incredibly financially wasteful] means of transit!
And when fares go up, look to underlying circumstances the politicians don't wish to communicate to us - - interest rate swap deals between King County and Goldman Sachs went bad, leaving King County with the big tabs to pay [this was during the LIBOR rigging, which means everything with interest rate swaps favored Goldman Sachs].
FYI: Back in the 1950s, GM did a lengthy study to determine the best and most efficacious transportation systems. Their findings revealed that urban monorail systems above ground and high-speed rail systems connecting the cities and when possible, small autos or vehicles below ground when possible, was the ideal!

Feb 16, 2012

A useful and readable guide to public transit issues.

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