Better Buses, Better Cities

Better Buses, Better Cities : How to Plan, Run, and Win the Fight for Effective Transit

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Imagine a bus system that is fast, frequent, and reliable, what would that change about where you live?

Buses can and should be the cornerstone of urban transportation. They offer affordable mobility and can connect citizens with every aspect of their lives. But in the UK, and US they have long been an afterthought in budgeting and planning. With a compelling narrative and actionable steps, Better Buses, Better Cities inspires us to fix the bus. Transport expert Steven Higashide shows us what a successful bus system looks like with real-world stories of reform, such as Houston redrawing its bus network overnight, and San Francisco revamping its boarding procedures.

Higashide shows how to marshal the public in support of better buses and how new technologies can keep buses on time and make complex transit systems understandable.

Higashide argues that better bus systems will create better cities for all citizens. The consequences of subpar transport services fall most heavily on vulnerable members of society. Transport systems should be planned to be inclusive and provide better service for all. These are difficult tasks that require institutional culture shifts; doing all of them requires resilient organisations and transformational leadership.

Better bus service is key to making our cities better for all citizens. Better Buses, Better Cities describes how
decision-makers, philanthropists, activists, and public agency leaders can work together to make the bus a win in any city.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12.7mm | 249.48g
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • 1642830143
  • 9781642830149
  • 56,191

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"From ballot measures to bus-only lanes, the research director from the national advocacy nonprofit TransitCenter delivers timely, inspiring stories of the ways cities are putting transit first."--Randy Shaw "Curbed" "Higashide offers an eloquent argument for better bus transit systems through a multi-pronged approach of planning, research, and advocacy that transportation planners and activists for social equity and environmental improvement can use."--Randy Shaw "Choice" (12/16/2019 12:00:00 AM) "Higashide shows how to roll out a new road order for streets by unleashing the power of effective bus networks and unleashing the full potential of cities." --Janette Sadik-Khan, Bloomberg Associates, former NYC Transportation Commissioner "Choice" (12/16/2019 12:00:00 AM) "Steven Higashide has written the definitive volume on how to make bus frequent, fast, reliable, welcoming, and respected in its role at the core of transit systems. The highly readable volume features success stories from Houston, Boston, Indianapolis, and many other cities."--Randy Shaw "Streetsblog" (12/16/2019 12:00:00 AM) "This book is a must-read for anybody who cares about cities and transit. Higashide helps us see how to get more out of buses, a maligned but crucial part of our transit systems." --Lisa Ann Schweitzer, Professor, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy "Choice" (12/16/2019 12:00:00 AM) "Steven Higashide's new book Better Buses, Better Cities is a superb how-to manual for urban activists and urban policy-makers."--Randy Shaw "Resilience" "Better Buses, Better Cities: How to Plan, Run and Win the Fight for Effective Transit is the ultimate roadmap for how to make the bus great again in your city. Part technical backgrounder, part political field manual, Steven Higashide is a seasoned transit reformer and advocate who provides cautionary tales but also the inspiration for making cities better places to live....With its many success stories, practical tips and tools, it's a call to action for improving a city's bus service."--Randy Shaw "Spacing Vancouver" "Better Buses, Better Cities makes a convincing for cities to prioritize improved bus service... Higashide shows transit advocates what works in other cities, enabling them to 'learn from the triumphs and pitfalls of others.' [It] is likely the best book ever written on improving bus service in the United States."--Randy Shaw "Beyond Chron"
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About Steven Higashide

Steven Higashide is one of America's leading experts on public transportation and the people who use it. As director of research for the national foundation TransitCenter, Higashide has authored ground-breaking reports that have redefined how decision makers and journalists understand transit. He has taken the bus in 26 cities around the U.S. and the world.
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