The Transit Metropolis: A Global Inquiry by Robert CerveroThe Transit Metropolis: A Global Inquiry by Robert Cervero

The Transit Metropolis: A Global Inquiry

byRobert Cervero

Paperback | October 1, 1998

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Around the world, mass transit is struggling to compete with the private automobile, and in many places, its market share is rapidly eroding. Yet a number of metropolitan areas have in recent decades managed to mount cost-effective and resource-conserving transit services that provide respectable alternatives to car travel. What sets these places apart?
In this book, noted transportation expert Robert Cervero provides an on-the-ground look at more than a dozen mass transit success stories, introducing the concept of the "transit metropolis"—a region where a workable fit exists between transit services and urban form. The author has spent more than three years studying cities around the world, and he makes a compelling case that metropolitan areas of any size and with any growth pattern—from highly compact to widely dispersed—can develop successful mass transit systems.
Following an introductory chapter that frames his argument and outlines the main issues, Cervero describes and examines five different types of transit metropolises, with twelve in-depth case studies of cities that represent each type. He considers the key lessons of the case studies and debunks widely held myths about transit and the city. In addition, he reviews the efforts underway in five North American cities to mount transit programs and discusses the factors working for and against their success. Cities profiled include Stockholm; Singapore; Tokyo; Ottawa; Zurich; Melbourne; Mexico City; Curitiba, Brazil; Portland, Oregon; and Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Transit Metropolis provides practical lessons on how North American cities can manage sprawl and haphazard highway development by creating successful mass transit systems. While many books discuss the need for a sustainable transportation system, few are able to present examples of successful systems and provide the methods and tools needed to create such a system. This book is a unique and invaluable resource for transportation planners and professionals, urban planners and designers, policymakers and students of planning and urban design.
Robert Cervero is professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley and author of Transit Villages for the 21st Century (McGraw-Hill, 1997).
Title:The Transit Metropolis: A Global InquiryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 10 × 7 × 1.11 inPublished:October 1, 1998Publisher:Island Press

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Table of Contents

PART I. The Case for the Transit Metropolis
Chapter 1. Transit and the Metropolis: Finding Harmony
-Types of Transit Metropolises
-Transit Services and Technologies
-The Case Approach
Chapter 2. Transit and the Changing World
-Economic Restructuring: The Twin Forces of Concentration and Dispersal
-The Changing Nature of Travel and Its Causes
-Problems of an Automobile-Dependent World
Chapter 3. Public Policies and the Sustainable Transit Metropolis
-Demand-Side Approaches
-Supply-Side Approaches
-Built Environments and the Demand for Transit
-Transit's Impacts on Land Uses and Urban Form
PART II. Adaptive Cities: Creating a Transit-Oriented Built Form
Chapter 4. Orbiting the City with Rail-Served Satellites: Stockholm, Sweden
-Building a Transit Metropolis
-Building a World-Class Transit System
-Stockholm's Rail-Served Satellites
-Balance and Self-Containment
-Commuting to and from Stockholm's New Towns
-Supportive Policies and Programs
-Learning from Stockholm
Chapter 5. The Hand-Shaped Metropolis: Copenhagen, Denmark
-Institutional Landscape
-Evolution of Copenhagen's Land Use-Transport Plans
-New Town Development
-Development and Transit Ridership Trends
-Shoring Up the Finger Plan
-Nonmotorized Transport
-Other Constraints on Auto Use
-Learning from Copenhagen
Chapter 6. The Master-Planned Transit Metropolis: Singapore
-From Rickshaw to Rapid Transit
-Centralized Planning in Singapore
-Implementing the Plan
-Urban Transport in Singapore
-Restraints on Automobiles
-Looking to the Future: The Constellation Plan
-Learning from Singapore
Chapter 7. The Entrepreneurial Transit Metropolis: Tokyo, Japan
-Railway Development in Greater Tokyo
-Private Suburban Railways and New Towns
-The Tama Denin Toshi New Town
-Recent Publicly Sponsored Rail-Oriented New Towns
-Learning from Tokyo
PART III. The Hybrids: Adaptive Cities and Adaptive Transit
Chapter 8. Making Transit Work in the Land of the Autobahn: Munich, Germany
-Transit and the City
-Transit and Institutional Coordination
-Coordinating Transit and Urban Development
-Learning from Munich
Chapter 9. Busways and the Hybrid Metropolis: Ottawa, Canada
-The Ottawa-Carleton Region
-Creating a Transit Metropolis
-OC Transpo: Fitting Transit and the Cityscape
-Development Impacts
-Learning from Ottawa
Chapter 10. Creating a Linear City with a Surface Metro: Curitiba, Brazil
-The Curitiba Approach to Growth
-Evolution of Integrated Planning in Curitiba
-Land-Use Regulations and Supportive Policies
-World-Class Transit at a Low Cost: Transit Today in Curitiba
-Learning from Curitiba
PART IV. Strong-Core Cities: Transit and Central City Revitalization
Chapter 11. Creating First-Class Transit with Transit-first Policies: Zurich, Switzerland
-Transit and the City
-Zurich's Transit-First Policy
-Speed-up Transit Program
-Restraints on Automobiles
-Regional Service and Fare Incentives
-Zurich's Verkehrsverbund
-The Payoff

From Our Editors

The need for mass transit in an ecologically sustainable future is crucial, even as its advocates do battle with private automobile companies across the globe. Some cities have successfully instituted public transportation that is a cost effective alternative to cars. Transportation expert Robert Cervero looks at these success stories and considers the idea of the transit metropolis, a model for happily integrating urban forms and mass transportation. The Transit Metropolis presents his ideas and gives pragmatic suggestions for North American urban planners along with thoughtful ways to manage urban sprawl and random highway building.