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Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives by [Walker, Jarrett]

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

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"Human Transit is well organized with short chapters and clear diagrams to illustrate some of the more complex concepts ... Walker does a good job of avoiding transportation planning jargon and makes careful choices about terminology... His writing style makes it easy to understand types of running ways, the reasons agencies are concerned about farebox returns, and the benefits of new technologies such as Smartcards."

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 21236 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press (29 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008LVR1KM
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Jim Mayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, well reasoned, essential volume for anyone interested in successful cities.
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Richard Buck
5.0 out of 5 stars Important thinking doesn't get much clearer than this
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Reader in St Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars Human Transit is one of the best books I have read in urban planning
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Dusty Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book that sets a clear transit agenda - a must read
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Scott Elaurant (Adelaide)
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - tells you the “why” of public transit planning as well as the “how”
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