Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives
Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives (Paperback)
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. In Human Transit, Jarrett 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.
Praise for Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives…
“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.”
“This book gives professionals, pundits and the citizenry the tools to have conversations that lead to real solutions rather than confrontations.”
“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.”
“It's difficult to categorize Jarrett Walker's excellent new book, Human Transit. It's not quite for a popular audience, though it's written with engaging ease. It's not for academics, though it's as thorough as most published research and far more approachable. It's not strictly for a policy audience, though it's fresh grist for any transit wonk's mill. Its closest literary cousin may be a good language book, for it feels capable of teaching anyone, beginner or beyond, to speak Transit more fluently.”
"Human Transit is a choice addition for any social issues or urban development collection."
"Walker leads the reader through these intricate considerations with dexterity and thoroughness."
"Walker...has produced a well-written, totally nonpolemical, very readable book describing the many tradeoffs to be considered in meeting local goals for providing transit service."
"Walker takes complicated and often technical subjects and presents them to the reader in layman’s terms."
"Human Transit... presents itself as a sort of "Public Transportation for Dummies," explaining in abstract, but remarkably clear, terms the logic that governs public transit systems and the choices—some technical, some ethical—that transit planners and operators make."
"Once in a while, a book comes along that summarizes most of what’s important about a particular subject, and it does so in a way that’s lucid and effortless. One such book is Jarrett Walker’s Human Transit. A couple of hours spent with this slim volume will give anyone the basics on the theory and practice of public transportation planning."
“Intelligent, refreshing, balanced and richly mindful of the unique settings of individual communities.”