Description : This is the only current and in print book covering the full field of transit systems and technology. Beginning with a history of transit and its role in urban development, the book proceeds to define relevant terms and concepts, and then present detailed coverage of all urban transit modes and the most efficient system designs for each. Including coverage of such integral subjects as travel time, vehicle propulsion, system integration, fully supported with equations and analytical methods, this book is the primary resource for students of transit as well as those professionals who design and operate these key pieces of urban infrastructure.
Description : The only modern text to cover all aspects of urban transit operations, planning, and economics Global in scope, up-to-date with current practice, and written by an internationally renowned expert, Urban Transit: Operations, Planning, and Economics is a unique volume covering the full range of issues involved in the operation, planning, and financing of transit systems. Presenting both theoretical concepts and practical, real-world methodologies for operations, planning and analyses of transit systems, this book is a comprehensive single-volume text and reference for students as well as professionals. The thorough examination of technical fundamentals and management principles in this book enables readers to address projects across the globe despite nuances in regulations and laws. Dozens of worked problems and end-of-chapter exercises help familiarize the reader with the formulae and analytical techniques presented in the book's three convenient sections: Transit System Operations and Networks Transit Agency Operations, Economics, and Organization Transit System Planning Visually enhanced with nearly 250 illustrations, Urban Transit: Operations, Planning, and Economics is a reliable source of the latest information for transit planners and operators in transit agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, city governments, consulting firms as well as students of transportation engineering and city planning at universities and in professional courses.
Description : The era of projects aimed at maximiing vehicular travel is being replaced by the broader goal of achieving livable cities: economically efficient, socially sound, and environmentally sustainable. This book explores the complex relationship between transportation and the character of cities and metropolitan regions. Vukan R. Vuchic, UPS Foundation Professor of Transportation Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, applies his extensive experience in urban transportation systems and policies to present a systematic review of transportation modes. He discusses the consequences of excessive automobile dependence and shows that the most livable cities worldwide have intermodal systems that balance highway and public transit modes while providing for pedestrians, bicyclists, and paratransit. Vuchic integrates theoretical analyses of transportation systems with recommendations for their practical application. He describes measures that can be considered in improving the urban environment: transit incentives and automobile disincentives, congestion pricing, HOV lanes, and auto-restricted ones. The complex, often misunderstood, and political issues surrounding costs, charges, and subsidies— direct and hidden—inherent in alternative transportation systems are discussed and illustrated graphically. Photographs from cities around the world depict visually the compelling case that the author makes for less reliance on private automobile travel and greater consideration of other modes. This book defines the policies necessary for achieving livable cities for future generations: the effective implementation of integrated intermodal transportation systems. Students, city and transportation planners, metropolitan planning organiations, and policymakers at all levels will find the recommendations in this book important and relevant. What makes a city eminently livable? Americans return from travel abroad charmed by the pedestrian boulevards of cities like Brussels, Copenhagen, and Munich. City strollers there linger and en joy the pedestrian-only streets and plaas that characterie these special places. In many European cities, excellent networks of public transportation make it unnecessary for residents to own, or visitors to rent, a car. Vukan R. Vuchic, who holds an endowed chair in transportation engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, maintains that U.S. cities should strive to attain the design and transportation planning achievements of other cities in North America, Europe, and Australia. Underutilied mass transit and the reliance on private automobiles in cities are cause-and-effect forces that negatively affect the "livability" of the urban environment. Making our cities pedestrian-, bicycle-, and paratransit-friendly, Vuchic believes, is a goal that the United States can achieve with integrated planning. Should automobile use in cities be restricted to a constrained space, or should the city adapt to vehicular traffic? The optimum goal, Professor Vuchic stresses, is a middle-of-the-road approach that achieves balanced development: a complex marriage of economies of aggregation and the creation of livable cities. Although no single method of transportation can satisfy the diverse needs of a metropolitan area, he maintains, pedestrian modes of mobility and private car use, together with public transit, form a workable plan for cities' diverse densities and human character. Based on years of observing the urban condition here and abroad, Vuchic discusses measures that can be considered in improving the urban environment: transit incentives and automobile disincentives, congestion pricing, and HOV lanes, for example. Students, city and transportation planners, and policymakers will find the recommendations in this book important and relevant.
Description : "This book provides the perfect comprehensive introduction to mass transit for anyone interested in transportation planning as a career, as well as for those who simply have a personal interest in the subject area. It is a policy-oriented book that contains some technical material, but avoids in-depth coverage of the electric and mechanical engineering aspects." "Distinctly factual, and not ideological, the book offers readers a balanced view of the debate between highways and transit - carefully presenting both sides of controversial issues. The intent is to give readers the solid understanding necessary to analyze problems objectively, and to assure that transit proposals are rationally planned and evaluated." "The book dedicates a full three chapters to historical and political background, and three others to the transit technologies or "modes" currently in use. Furthermore, readers will find coverage of the design of transit networks, operations and management, and impacts on land use, energy consumption, and the environment. Lastly, two chapters cover ridership characteristics, and two deal with economics and finance."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Description : Light Rail Transit Systems: 61 Lessons in Sustainable Urban Development shows how to design and operate light rail to maximize its social benefits. Readers will learn how to understand the value of light rail and tactics on its effective integration into communities. It uses strong supporting evidence and theory drawn from the author's team and their extensive experience in developing new light rail systems. The book uses numerous case studies to demonstrate how key concepts can bridge the geographic limitations inherent in many transit-related discussions. In addition, users will learn how to develop important relationships with local decision-makers and communities. Presents applied research by experienced practitioners and academic researchers Draws on more than 50 cases from Europe, the Middle East, the UK and US Incorporates five themes on why it’s important to invest in light rail, including effective mobility, and for an efficient city, economy, environment and equity Includes a checklist for planning public transport projects
Description : "The Great American Dream of cruising down the parkway, zippingfrom here to there at any time has given way to a true nightmarethat is destroying the environment, costing billions and deeplyimpacting our personal well-being. Getting from A to B has neverbeen more difficult, expensive or miserable. It doesn't have to bethis way. Jeffrey Tumlin's book Sustainable TransportationPlanning offers easy-to-understand, clearly explained tips andtechniques that will allow us to quite literally take back ourroads. Essential reading for anyone who wants to drive ourtransportation system out of the gridlock." -Marianne Cusato, home designer and author of Get Your HouseRight: Architectural Elements to Use and Avoid ?The book is full of useful ideas on nearly every page.? ? Bill DiBennedetto of Triple Pundit As transportations-related disciplines of urban planning,architecture, landscape architecture, urban economics, and socialpolicy have undergone major internal reform efforts in recentdecades Written in clear, easy-to-follow language, this bookprovides planning practitioners with the tools they need to achievetheir cities? economic development, social equity and ecologicalsustainability goals. Starting with detailed advice for improvingeach mode of transportation, the book offers guidance on balancingthe needs of each mode against each other, whether on a downtownstreet, or a small town neighborhood, or a regional network.
Description : Examines experience in integrating private management and capital with public transport policy objectives in a number of developed economies.