Transit Street Design Guide
8.25 x 10.75
Full color, 70 photos and illustrations
8.25 x 10.75
Full color, 70 photos and illustrations
Transit and cities grow together. As cities work to become more compact, sustainable, and healthy, their work is paying dividends: in 2014, Americans took 10.8 billion trips on public transit, the highest since the dawn of the highway era. But most of these trips are on streets that were designed to move private cars, with transit as an afterthought. The NACTO Transit Street Design Guide places transit where it belongs, at the heart of street design. The guide shows how streets of every size can be redesigned to create great transit streets, supporting great neighborhoods and downtowns.
The Transit Street Design Guide is a well-illustrated, detailed introduction to designing streets for high-quality transit, from local buses to BRT, from streetcars to light rail. Drawing on the expertise of a peer network and case studies from across North America, the guide provides a much-needed link between transit planning, transportation engineering, and street design. The Transit Street Design Guide presents a new set of core principles, street typologies, and design strategies that shift the paradigm for streets, from merely accommodating service to actively prioritizing great transit. The book expands on the transit information in the acclaimed Urban Street Design Guide, with sections on comprehensive transit street design, lane design and materials, stations and stops, intersection strategies, and city transit networks. It also details performance measures and outlines how to make the case for great transit street design in cities.
The guide is built on simple math: allocating scarce space to transit instead of private automobiles greatly expands the number of people a street can move. Street design and decisions made by cities, from how to time signals to where bus stops are placed, can dramatically change how transit works and how people use it.
The Transit Street Design Guide is a vital resource for every transportation planner, transit operations planner, and city traffic engineer working on making streets that move more people more efficiently and affordably.
"The book is a delightful mixture of detailed design standards and parameters and the shaping of cities in ways that will enhance the importance of public transport and reduce car use...It is to be hoped that all those involved with urban design, public transport and healthy cities will find the find the details they need in this book to design and implement a new paradigm."
World Transport Policy and Practice
"The Transit Street Design Guide offers on-the-ground knowledge and proven ideas about how transit makes great streets. Cities of every size can use this indispensable template to create streets that support local businesses and strong neighborhoods while moving more people more efficiently."
Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and NACTO President
"Cities thrive when we put people and transit first when designing our streets. In this guide, transit agencies and city transportation departments have collaborated on new approaches to improving transit operations and the rider’s experience—and make our cities better places."
David Bragdon, Executive Director of TransitCenter; former President, Oregon Metro Council
"Public transit customers want speed and reliability, but this goal can collide with desires for slow and intimate streets. Great streets can do both, and this guide shows how."
Jarrett Walker, President and Principal Consultant of Jarrett Walker + Associates; author of "Human Transit"
"The NACTO Transit Street Design Guide is part of a movement of cities to put people and transit right where they belong, at the heart of city street design. It’s about a shift in mindset and recognizing priorities, from moving machines to moving people."
Ed Reiskin, Director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and NACTO President Emeritus
About the Guide
Using the Guide
-Why Transit Streets Matter
-Designing to Move People
-Transit Route Types
-Transit Frequency & Volume
2. TRANSIT STREETS
-Transit Street Principles
-Enhanced Neighborhood Transit Street
-Neighborhood Transit Street with Bike Lane
-Downtown Shared Transitway
-Center-Running Transit Street
-Downtown Median Transit Street
-Edgefront Transit Street
-Offset Bus Lane Street
-Median Rapid Transit Corridor
-Shared Transit Street
-One-Way Streetcar Street
-Tiered Transit Street
-Parallel Paired Transitways
-One-Way Transit Corridor
-Contraflow Transit Street
3. STATIONS & STOPS
-Station & Stop Principles
-Stop Design Factors
-Stop Placement & Intersection Configuration
-Platform Length: In-Lane Stops
-Platform Length: Pull-Out Stops
-Accessible Paths & Slopes
-Universal Design Elements
-Boarding Bulb Stop
-Side Boarding Island Stop
-Shared Cycle Track Stop
-Curbside Pull-Out Stop
-In-Lane Sidewalk Stop
-In-Street Boarding Island Stop
-Median Stop, Right-Side Boarding
-Median Stop, Left-Side Boarding
4. STATION & STOP ELEMENTS
-Small Transit Shelter
-Large Transit Shelter
-Passenger Information & Wayfinding
-Passenger Queue Management
5. TRANSIT LANES & TRANSITWAYS
-Offset Transit Lane
-Curbside Transit Lane
-Rail Lane, Side Running
-Center Transit Lane
-Peak-Only Bus Lane
-Shared Bus-Bike Lane
-Contraflow Transit Lane
-Pavement Markings & Color
-Signs & Signals
-Lane Design Controls
-Vehicle Widths & Buffers
-Signals & Operations
-Transit Signal Progression
-Active Transit Signal Priority
-Short Signal Cycles
-Intersection Design for Transit
-Shared Transit/Right-Turn Lane
-Dropped Transit Lane
-Queue Jump Lanes
-Transit Approach Lane/Short Transit Lane
-Virtual Transit Lane
-Bicycle Rail Crossings
-Transit Route Turns
-Recessed Stop Line
-Dedicated Turn Channel
7. TRANSIT SYSTEM STRATEGIES
-Network & System Principles
-From Stops to Stations
-Fares & Boarding
-Pedestrian Access & Networks
-Bicycle Access & Networks
-System Wayfinding & Brand
-Measure the Whole Street
Wednesday, April 27, 11:30 EDT
In 2014, Americans took 10.8 billion trips on public transit, the highest since the dawn of the highway era. But most of these trips are on streets that were designed to move private cars, with transit as an afterthought. On April 27, join Matthew Roe, Director of NACTO’s Designing Cities Initiative, and Dr. John Renne, Director of the Center for Urban and Environment Solutions (CUES) and Associate Professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida for a discussion about how NACTO’s new Transit Street Design Guide can help streets of every size be redesigned to create great transit streets, supporting strong neighborhoods and downtowns. An additional feature will spotlight on one of NACTO’s 21 member cities and how it has used these guidelines to implement innovative transit solutions. Check out the Transit Street Design Guide before the webinar.
This event will be co-hosted by Island Press, NACTO, Strong Towns, CUES at Florida Atlantic University and the Transportation and Land Development Committee of TRB.
As cities strive to become more sustainable, livable, and healthy, they are increasingly becoming multi-modal. In 2014, Americans took 10.8 billion trips on public transit, the highest since the dawn of the highway era. But most of these trips are on streets that were designed to move private cars, with transit as an afterthought. The NACTO Transit Street Design Guide, a four-color book, places transit where it belongs, at the heart of street design. The guide shows how streets of every size can be redesigned to create great transit streets.The newest addition to the set of popular NACTO guides, the Transit Street Design Guide provides a much-needed link between transit planning, transportation engineering, and street design.
With examples from a host of cities including Houston, Boston, Toronto, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and others, the book expands on the transit information in the acclaimed Urban Street Design Guide, with sections on comprehensive transit street design, lane design and materials, stations and stops, intersection strategies, and city transit networks. It also details performance measures and outlines how to make the case for great transit street design in cities. As Ed Reiskin, director of the San Francisco Transportation Agency and NACTO President Emeritus, says in the foreword, “This book is a vital resource for every transportation planner, transit operations planner, and city traffic engineer transitioning from ‘moving machines to moving people.’”
Check out an excerpt of the book below or click here.
Katharine is the Publicity & Marketing Associate at Island Press.
On April 27, Island Press teamed up with NACTO, Strong Towns, CUES at Florida Atlantic University, and the Transportation and Land Development Committee of TRB to present a webinar highlighting NACTO’s Transit Street Design Guide. Moderator Dr. John Renne and guest panelists Matthew Roe, Director of NACTO’s Designing Cities Initiative, and Bill Bryant, Deputy Director for Transit at Seattle DOT, discussed how the new NACTO guide can help streets of every size be redesigned to create great transit streets, supporting strong neighborhoods and downtowns.
Check out the webinar recording on YouTube or watch below.
Matt Solomon is Partnership Manager with Island Press.
This Valentine’s Day, we thought it would be fun for Island Press authors to share the love. We asked a few authors to choose their favorite Island Press book—other than their own, of course—and explain what makes it so special. Check out their responses below, and use code 4MAGICAL for 25% off and free shipping all of the books below, as well as books from participating authors.
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"A large percentage of my urbanism bookshelf is comprised of Island Press books, so it's very difficult to share my love for just one! So, I won't because the books we pull of the shelf most often these days are the NACTO Design Guides. Finally, a near complete set of highly usable and mutually supportive design standards that help us advocate for and build better streets, better places."
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Katharine is the Publicity & Marketing Associate at Island Press.