Better Buses, Better Cities: How to Plan, Run, and Win the Fight for Effective Transit


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Island Press
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5.9 X 0.5 X 8.8 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author

Steven Higashide is one of America's leading experts on public transportation and the people who use it. As director of research for the national foundation TransitCenter, Higashide has authored groundbreaking reports that have redefined how decision makers and journalists understand transit. He has taken the bus in 28 cities around the U.S. and the world.


"Better Buses, Better Cities makes a convincing for cities to prioritize improved bus service... Higashide shows transit advocates what works in other cities, enabling them to 'learn from the triumphs and pitfalls of others.' [It] is likely the best book ever written on improving bus service in the United States."--Randy Shaw "Beyond Chron"
"Steven Higashide's new book Better Buses, Better Cities is a superb how-to manual for urban activists and urban policy-makers."--Randy Shaw "Resilience"
"Better Buses, Better Cities: How to Plan, Run and Win the Fight for Effective Transit is the ultimate roadmap for how to make the bus great again in your city. Part technical backgrounder, part political field manual, Steven Higashide is a seasoned transit reformer and advocate who provides cautionary tales but also the inspiration for making cities better places to live....With its many success stories, practical tips and tools, it's a call to action for improving a city's bus service."--Randy Shaw "Spacing Vancouver"
"From ballot measures to bus-only lanes, the research director from the national advocacy nonprofit TransitCenter delivers timely, inspiring stories of the ways cities are putting transit first."--Randy Shaw "Curbed"
"Steven Higashide has written the definitive volume on how to make bus frequent, fast, reliable, welcoming, and respected in its role at the core of transit systems. The highly readable volume features success stories from Houston, Boston, Indianapolis, and many other cities."--Randy Shaw "Streetsblog" (12/16/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"Higashide offers an eloquent argument for better bus transit systems through a multi-pronged approach of planning, research, and advocacy that transportation planners and activists for social equity and environmental improvement can use."--Randy Shaw "Choice" (12/16/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"Higashide shows how to roll out a new road order for streets by unleashing the power of effective bus networks and unleashing the full potential of cities." --Janette Sadik-Khan, Bloomberg Associates, former NYC Transportation Commissioner "Choice" (12/16/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"This book is a must-read for anybody who cares about cities and transit. Higashide helps us see how to get more out of buses, a maligned but crucial part of our transit systems." --Lisa Ann Schweitzer, Professor, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy "Choice" (12/16/2019 12:00:00 AM)