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Human Transit
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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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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 MRCagney

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"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 "Intelligent, refreshing, balanced and richly mindful of the unique settings of individual communities." --Douglas MacDonald, former Secretary, Washington State Department of Transportation ""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 "

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