Transit Oriented Development and Sustainable Cities
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Transit Oriented Development and Sustainable Cities

Economics, Community and Methods

Edited by Richard D. Knowles and Fiona Ferbrache

This book provides new dimensions and a contemporary focus on sustainable transport, urban regeneration and development in eight countries spanning four continents at different stages of development. It examines the role of transit oriented development (TOD) in improving urban sustainability and providing different transport choices, exploring how these can be implemented in modern cities.
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Chapter 9: Planning an effective transport system: learning from resident transit use behaviour and perspectives

Devon McAslan


This chapter explores how to build a more effective public transit system in Seattle. In 2016, Seattle voters approved $52 billion in new transit infrastructure, but this plan does little to address the needs and concerns of residents and will do little to alter travel behaviour and transit use. The outcome will likely be an underutilized transit system that does little to facilitate the transition from an automobile-dependent city to a transit-oriented city. Travel behaviour surveys, interviews and the theory of urban fabrics are used, which show that a more effective way forward exists. From this analysis, four principles are proposed that Seattle, and other similar cities, must look to in order to build a transit oriented city. These include rediscovering the importance of travel time, building transit at the right scale, emphasizing connectivity between neighbourhoods, and better integrating transit into the pedestrian environment.

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