Metropolitan Mass Transit Planning presentation
In March, I did a presentation at the University of Delaware, to the transportation planning and urban studies departments, laying out my hypotheses/theories for creating a systematic framework for transportation planning at the level of the metropolitan area.
It links the various concepts Ive developed over the years, based on observation and practice in the DC-Baltimore region and beyond.
The big points are:
- distinguishing between transportation planning and transit service planning. In the DC region, by default, WMATA is the transportation planner. But that is a mistake. True metropolitan area planning needs to be done, and metrics for level of service and network breadth need to be set independent of any specific transit service provider.
- distinguishing the transit network as a set of interconnected subnetworks with the overall regional (connecting metropolitan areas) and metropolitan networks and the suburban and center city transit subnetworks
- transit shed and mobility shed based planning to build ridership and induce mode shift.
At the end of the presentation are a few slides about transportation/urban revitalization oriented blogging, since it was as a blogger that the concepts were developed and how I came to the attention of a graduate student at the University of Delaware.
The presentation has been updated some, based on the response and a couple things I forgot to mention, plus some additional graphics.
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