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My Kind of Transit

Rethinking Public Transportation in America
Nordahl, Darrin (Book - 2008)
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In My Kind of Transit , Darrin Nordahl argues that like life itself, transportation isn't only about the destination, but the journey. Public transit reduces traffic and pollution, yet few of us are willing to get out of our cars and onto subways and buses. But Nordahl demonstrates that when using public transit is an enjoyable experience, tourists and commuters alike willingly hand in their keys. The trick is creating a system that isn't simply a poor imitation of the automobile, but offers its own pleasures and comforts. While a railway or bus will never achieve the quiet solitude of a personal car, it can provide, much like a well-designed public park, an inviting, communal space. My Kind of Transit is an animated tour of successful transportation systems, offering smart, commonsense analysis of what makes transit fun. Nordahl draws on examples like the iconic street cars of New Orleans and the picturesque cable cars in San Francisco, illustrating that the best transit systems are uniquely tailored to their individual cities. He also describes universal principles of good transit design. Nordahl's humanistic treatment will help planners, designers, transportation professionals, and policymakers create transit systems the public actually wants to ride. And it will introduce all readers to delightful ways of getting from point A to point B.
Authors: Nordahl, Darrin
Title: My kind of transit
rethinking public transportation in America
Publisher: Chicago : Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago : In association with the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation : Distributed by the University of Chicago Press, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xv, 175 p. :,col. ill. ;,24 cm
Series:
Statement of Responsibility: Darrin Nordahl
Contents: Introduction: The positive transit experience
Disneyland : the fundamentals of an enjoyable ride
Cable cars in San Francisco
Streetcars in New Orleans and San Francisco
Monorails in Seattle and Las Vegas
Shuttles in Santa Barbara, Phoenix, and Chattanooga
Taxicabs in New York City
Funiculars in Pittsburgh
Aerials and elevateds in New York City and Chicago
Conclusion: Creating positive transit experiences
ISBN: 9781930066885
1930066880
Branch Call Number: 388.40973 N828m 2008
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 165-168)
Subject Headings: Local transit United States Social aspects Urban transportation United States Case studies Local transit United States Case studies
Topical Term: Local transit
Urban transportation
Local transit
LCCN: 2008035711
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