Human Transit book and talks by Jarrett Walker
Transit consultant (and blogger) Jarrett Walker has written a book, Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives and he is speaking in DC and Baltimore this week.
Technology choices do matter, but the fundamental geometry of transit is exactly the same for buses, trains, and ferries. If you jump too quickly to the technology choice question but get the geometry wrong, you’ll end up with a useless service no matter how attractive its technology is. ...
What’s more, the most basic features that determine whether transit can serve us well are not technology distinctions. Speed and reliability, for example, are mostly about what can get in the way of a transit service. Both buses and rail vehicles, for example, can be fast and reliable if they have an exclusive lane or track. Both can also be slow and unreliable if you put them in a congested lane with other traffic. Technology choice, by itself, rarely guarantees a successful service, and many of the most crucial choices are not about technology at all.
12 - 1 PM
Metro Gallery @ Penn Station, Baltimore
1700 N. Charles Street
Tuesday, February 7
Montgomery County Planning Speaker Series
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland
Thursday, February 9
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Smart Growth Speaker Series
National Building Museum
401 F Street NW, Washington, DC
Note that the Thursday day event is "sold out." Greater Greater Washington and others are also sponsoring an evening reception on Thursday.
-- "System/Empathy in Transit," How we Drive blog by Tom Vanderbilt
Chapter 1: What Transit Is, and Does
Chapter 2: What Makes Transit Useful? Seven Demands and How Transit Serves Them
Chapter 3: Five Paths to Confusion
Chapter 4: Lines, Loops, and Longing
Chapter 5: Touching the City: Stops and Stations
Chapter 6: Peak or All Day?
Chapter 7: Frequency is Freedom
Chapter 8: The Obstacle Course: Speed, Delay, and Reliability
Chapter 9: Density and Its Dangers
Chapter 10: Ridership or Coverage? The Challenge of Service Allocation
Chapter 11: Can Fares be Fair?
Chapter 12: Connections or Complexity?
Chapter 13: From Connections to Networks, to Places
Chapter 14: Be on the Way! Transit Implications of Location Choice
Chapter 15: On the Boulevard
Chapter 16: Take the Long View
Epilogue: Geometry, Choices, Freedom