The need for effective public transport is greater than ever in the 21st century. With countries like China and India moving towards mass-automobility, we face the prospects of an environmental and urban health disaster unless alternatives are found. It is time to move beyond the automobile age. But while public transport has worked well in the dense cores of some big cities, the problem is that most residents of developed countries now live in dispersed suburbs and smaller cities and towns. These places usually have little or no public transport, and most transport commentators have given up on the task of changing this: it all seems too hard. This book argues that the secret of 'European-style' public transport lies in a generalizable model of network planning that has worked in places as diverse as rural Switzerland, the Brazilian city of Curitiba and the Canadian cities of Toronto and Vancouver. It shows how this model can be adapted to suburban, exurban and even rural areas to provide a genuine alternative to the car, and outlines the governance, funding and service planning policies that underpin the success of the world's best public transport systems.

chapter 1|10 pages

Public Transport 101

chapter 2|25 pages

The Automobile Age

chapter 3|14 pages

Beyond the Automobile Age

chapter 4|17 pages

The Compact City

chapter 5|21 pages

Planning, Markets and Public Transport

chapter 6|19 pages

Toronto and Melbourne Revisited

chapter 7|18 pages

The Busway Solution

chapter 8|17 pages

The Zurich Model

chapter 10|17 pages

Planning a Network

chapter 11|11 pages

Every Transit User is Also a Pedestrian

chapter 12|7 pages

The Politics of Public Transport