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Transport for Suburbia

Beyond the Automobile Age
Mees, Paul (Book - 2010 )
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"The need for effective public transport is greater than ever in the 21st century. With countries like China and India moving towards mass-automobility, we face the prospects of an environmental and urban health disaster unless alternatives are found. It is time to move beyond the automobile age. But while public transport has worked well in the dense cores of some big cities, the problem is that most residents of developed countries now live in dispersed suburbs and smaller cities and towns. These places usually have little or no public transport, and most transport commentators have given up on the task of changing this: it all seems too hard. This book argues that the secret of 'European-style' public transport lies in a generalizable model of network planning that has worked in places as diverse as rural Switzerland, the Brazilian city of Curitiba and the Canadian cities of Toronto and Vancouver. It shows how this model can be adapted to suburban, exurban and even rural areas to provide a genuine alternative to the car, and outlines the governance, funding and service planning policies that underpin the success of the world's best public transport systems"--Back cover.
Authors: Mees, Paul, 1961-
Title: Transport for suburbia
beyond the automobile age
Publisher: London ; Sterling, VA : Earthscan, 2010
Characteristics: xiv, 225 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Paul Mees
Notes: "In association with the International Institute for Environment and Development"--T.p. verso
Contents: Public transport 101
The automobile age
Beyond the automobile age
The compact city
Planning, markets and public transport
Toronto and Melbourne revisited
The busway solution
The Zurich model
Towards a general theory of public transport network planning
Planning a network
Every transit user is also a pedestrian
The politics of public transport
Summary: "The need for effective public transport is greater than ever in the 21st century. With countries like China and India moving towards mass-automobility, we face the prospects of an environmental and urban health disaster unless alternatives are found. It is time to move beyond the automobile age. But while public transport has worked well in the dense cores of some big cities, the problem is that most residents of developed countries now live in dispersed suburbs and smaller cities and towns. These places usually have little or no public transport, and most transport commentators have given up on the task of changing this: it all seems too hard. This book argues that the secret of 'European-style' public transport lies in a generalizable model of network planning that has worked in places as diverse as rural Switzerland, the Brazilian city of Curitiba and the Canadian cities of Toronto and Vancouver. It shows how this model can be adapted to suburban, exurban and even rural areas to provide a genuine alternative to the car, and outlines the governance, funding and service planning policies that underpin the success of the world's best public transport systems"--Back cover.
ISBN: 1844077403
9781844077403
Branch Call Number: 388.4091733 M4953t 2010
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [203]-213) and index
Subject Headings: Transportation Planning Suburbs Urban transportation
Topical Term: Transportation
Suburbs
Urban transportation
LCCN: 2009018984
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A reviewer, Professor John Whitelegg, says that the book "shows exactly what is wrong with public transport systems around the world and what is needed to put them right."


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