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Transit Street Design Guide

8-1/2" x 11", hardcover, 260 pages,
Island Press, $50.

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The Transit Street Design Guide provides a detailed introduction to designing streets for high-quality transit, from local buses to bus rapid transit, 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 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 timely resource for transportation planners, transit operations planners, traffic engineers and others working to make streets that move more people more efficiently and more affordably.

Table of Contents

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  1. Foreword
  2. Introduction
  3. Transit Streets
  4. Stations & Stops
  5. Station & Stop Elements
  6. Transit Lanes & Transitways
  7. Intersections
  8. Transit System Strategies
  9. Resources

Your Guarantee of Satisfaction

Transit Street Design Guide is guaranteed. If you are not 100% satisfied, you may return it within 30 days for a full refund.

About the Author

Transit Street Design Guide was prepared by a team of researchers at the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NATCO) with input from directors of planning, public works, transportation, and urban design from across North America.


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“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 LADOT

“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 Jarrett Walker + Associates

“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. ”
— Ed Reiskin Director San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency