Human Transit

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

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 150 x 226 x 18mm | 340.19g
  • Island Press
  • Shearwater Books,US
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • 3rd ed.
  • 1597269727
  • 9781597269728
  • 139,566

Review quote

"The deeper you get into Walker''s book, the more persuasive he becomes."--Lloyd Alter "Treehugger " "Excellent."--Eric Jaffe "Atlantic Cities " "Anyone who has ridden transit on a regular basis will appreciate the points Jarrett makes. Especially his matrix showing the seven demands of useful transit service. Transit designers must take these demands into consideration if they hope to compete for riders."--Matt Johnson"Greater Greater Washington" (02/01/2012) ""Human Transit" is a spirited guide - prescriptive but with a righteous dash of polemic- to what we get wrong about transit...[It is] full of delectably geeky details."--Tom Vanderbilt "Slate " "The deeper you get into Walker's book, the more persuasive he becomes."--Lloyd Alter "Treehugger " "Intelligent, refreshing, balanced and richly mindful of the unique settings of individual communities."--Douglas MacDonald "former Secretary, Washington State Department of Transportation " "Jarrett Walker pulls transit out of its specialist silo and treats it in layman's terms, as an embodiment of shared values and a partial answer to the vital question 'what kind of city do you want?' Human Transit is an engrossing narrative that explains the real choices that informed citizens need to make."--Ken Greenberg "author of Walking Home: the Life and Lessons of a City Builder " "This book gives professionals, pundits and the citizenry the tools to have conversations that lead to real solutions rather than confrontations."--Terry Lee-Williams "Transport and Access Manager, City of Sydney, Australia " "Human Transit provides practical guidance for urban public transit system development in prose that is clear and entertaining without being simplistic. This book should be useful to anybody involved in public transit planning, design, or advocacy."--Todd Litman "Victoria Transport Policy Institute " ""Human Transit" provides practical guidance for urban public transit system development in prose that is clear and entertaining without being simplistic. This book should be useful to anybody involved in public transit planning, design, or advocacy."--Todd Litman "Victoria Transport Policy Institute "show more

About Jarret Walker

Jarrett Walker is a transit consultant who has been designing public transportation systems in the United States and abroad for more than twenty years. He is currently a principal consultant at MRCagneyshow more

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