Trains, Buses, People: An Opinionated Atlas of Us Transit

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8.6 X 0.4 X 10.9 inches | 1.6 pounds
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About the Author
Christof Spieler, PE, LEED AP, is a Vice President and Director of Planning at Huitt-Zollars and a Lecturer in Architecture and Engineering at Rice University. He was a member of the board of directors of Houston METRO from 2010 to 2018.
"For all of their hardcore infrastructure, urban transit networks are essentially human creations, and understanding what makes them successful is essential for building successful cities. Supported by urban histories and incisively presented data, Christof Spieler sets the rules of engagement for effective transit and offers a roadmap for achieving it."--Janette Sadik-Khan, Principal, Bloomberg Associates; former NYC Transportation Commissioner
"Christof Spieler was the driving force behind Houston's transit transformation, but he's also one of America's great transit travelers, a careful observer of history, technology, geometry, and politics. This book is an atlas of beautiful detail about 47 U.S. cities, but it's also a call to action, demanding clearer and more effective transit planning and advocacy."--Jarrett Walker, President and Principal Consultant, Jarrett Walker + Associates, author of "Human Transit"
"This book is comprehensive enough to be a resource for transit professionals, but delivered in readable, straightforward language; an objective look at the state of transit by a passionate advocate."--Annise Parker, former Mayor of Houston
"Transit planners, elected representatives, and transportation enthusiasts should all find something to love or learn in this honest and expansive status report."--Atlantic's CityLab
"A transit wonk's bible...Urban planner Christof Spieler is a transportation hero."--Mobility Lab
"Spieler's book is perfectly designed to be both readable and browsable--a great gift for an urbanist or transport geek and a great book for the coffee table. You can read around in for a long time, exploring different cities, their strengths and their missed opportunities. Let's hope it produces a smarter conversation about urban transit."--Jarett Walker's Human Transit blog
"Belongs on an urbanist's of the best transit/planning books I've read in a long time."--Greater Greater Washington
"This edifying publication...serves as an awakening guide to planning both feasible and practical public-transit systems."--San Francisco Book Review
"Spieler knows this subject to a significant depth but has managed something remarkable, perhaps mirrored in his choice of the accessible atlas format: he has made a great deal of comparative information very easy to understand and digest. The approach is tailor-made to help convince nonexperts--be they the general public or perhaps more importantly politicians and others with influence--to mimic the good and avoid the bad...The end result makes the book a compelling and useful compendium of the state of transit in the United States."--Civil Engineering
"Gets right to the point: put [transit] where the people are...The author combines detailed knowledge and a refreshing frankness...Keep this book within easy reach."--Planning
"It was a pleasure to sit down and read this new offering addressing public transportation...This book was rich on interpretation and implications from an author who obviously has the experience and credentials to offer credible observations...The text does a nice job of providing very useful information in a readable and focused fashion."--Transport Reviews