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Trains, buses, people : an opinionated atlas of US transit

Christof Spieler author.


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  • Title:
    Trains, buses, people : an opinionated atlas of US transit
  • Author: Christof Spieler author.
  • Description: Introduction : transit where the people are -- Part 1. The role of transit in the US. What transit does well ; The history of transit ; Modes ; Hope and fears ; Funding and governance -- Part 2. Basics of successful transit. Density ; Activity ; Walkability ; Connectivity ; Frequency ; Travel time ; Reliability ; Capacity ; Legibility ; Good ideas from abroad -- Part 3. Metro areas. The best and the worst ; The 47 transit areas -- Conclusion : a transit agenda for the future of our cities.
    What are the best transit cities in the US? The best Bus Rapid Transit lines? The most useless rail transit lines? The missed opportunities? In the US, the 25 largest metropolitan areas and many smaller cities have fixed guideway transit--rail or bus rapid transit. Nearly all of them are talking about expanding. Yet discussions about transit are still remarkably unsophisticated. To build good transit, the discussion needs to focus on what matters--quality of service (not the technology that delivers it), all kinds of transit riders, the role of buildings, streets and sidewalks, and, above all, getting transit in the right places. Christof Spieler has spent over a decade advocating for transit as a writer, community leader, urban planner, transit board member, and enthusiast. He strongly believes that just about anyone--regardless of training or experience--can identify what makes good transit with the right information. In the fun and accessible Trains, Buses, People: An Opinionated Atlas of US Transit, Spieler shows how cities can build successful transit. He profiles the 47 metropolitan areas in the US that have rail transit or BRT, using data, photos, and maps for easy comparison. The best and worst systems are ranked and Spieler offers analysis of how geography, politics, and history complicate transit planning. He shows how the unique circumstances of every city have resulted in very different transit systems. Using appealing visuals, Trains, Buses, People is intended for non-experts--it will help any citizen, professional, or policymaker with a vested interest evaluate a transit proposal and understand what makes transit effective. While the book is built on data, it has a strong point of view. Spieler takes an honest look at what makes good and bad transit and is not afraid to look at what went wrong. He explains broad concepts, but recognizes all of the technical, geographical, and political difficulties of building transit in the real world. In the end,T rains, Buses, People shows that it is possible with the right tools to build good transit.
  • Local Note: acq2019mcd
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Publisher: Washington, DC : Island Press
  • Format: x, 251 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 28 cm.
  • Identifier: ISBN 9781610919029 (cloth : alk. paper);ISBN 1610919025 (cloth : alk. paper);ISBN 9781610919036 (paperback : alk. paper);ISBN 1610919033 (paperback : alk. paper)
  • Subjects: Local transit -- United States; Local transit -- United States -- Maps; Urban transportation -- United States; Urban transportation -- United States -- Maps; Bus rapid transit -- United States; Railroads -- United States; Terminals (Transportation) -- United States; Commuting -- United States; Regional planning -- United States; Sustainable development -- United States; Bus rapid transit; Commuting; Local transit; Regional planning; Rural transit; Sustainable development; Terminals (Transportation); Urban transportation; ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning; TRANSPORTATION / Public Transportation; United States; Atlases; Atlases
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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