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

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Island Press, Jul 29, 2012 - Transportation - 235 pages
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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.

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If you care about transit in your transportation system and want to take action to improve it, this is an amazing book. Transit can be a very jargon filled and technical field. Human Transit is very accessible and will give you the tools to make intelligent suggestion for improving transit. Many of tools aren't expensive either. Great book! 


1 What Transit is and Does?
2 What makes Transit Useful? Seven Demands and How Transit serves them?
3 Five Paths to Confusion
4 Lines Loops and Longing
Stops and Stations
6 Peak or All Day?
7 Frequency is Freedom
11 Can Fares be Fair?
12 Connections or Complexity?
13 From Connections to Networks to Places
14 Be on the Way Transity Implications of Location Choice
15 On the Boulevard
16 Take the Long View
Geometry Choices Freedom

Speed Delay and Reliability
9 Density Distractions
10 Ridership or Coverage? The Challenge of Service Allocation

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About the author (2012)

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

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