Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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.

Metropolitan Transit Planning: Towards a Hierarchical and Conceptual Framework by rllayman



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