My Kind of Transit
7 x 9
Full color, 62 photos
7 x 9
Full color, 62 photos
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.
"My Kind of Transit is the first volume I have come across that comprehensively considers transit in terms of those factors that actually determine whether or not people will choose to ride it. Nordahl's humane, and even humanist, arguments recognize and celebrate how transit, if properly designed, can be elevated in the public esteem from loser cruiser to mode of choice. Please, if your work deals in any way with planning or transportation, do us all a favor and read his book."
Jeff Speck, coauthor of "Suburban Nation"
"This unique work will inspire scholars and students to research further on this essential and largely untreated topic. It will also pop up on the shelves of those urbanists who ponder wistfully on the loss of great city culture and vital urban social life and imagine the emergence of a more beautiful, more convivial, and more livable urban future."
Susan Zielinski, University of Michigan
Introduction: The Positive Transit Experience
Chapter 1. Disneyland: The Fundamentals of an Enjoyable Ride
Chapter 2. Cable Cars in San Francisco
Chapter 3. Streetcars in New Orleans and San Francisco
Chapter 4. Monorails in Seattle and Las Vegas
Chapter 5. Shuttles in Santa Barbara, Phoenix, and Chattanooga
Chapter 6. Taxicabs in New York City
Chapter 7. Funiculars in Pittsburgh
Chapter 8. Aerials and Elevateds in New York City and Chicago
Conclusion: Creating Positive Transit Experiences
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