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Better Public Transit Systems

Analyzing Investments and Performance, 2nd Edition

By Eric Christian Bruun


400 pages | 67 B/W Illus.

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Better Public Transit Systems is a complete primer for performance and investment analysis of public transportation. Whether you’re planning a major new public transit project, an extension or expansion of an existing system, or evaluating the needs of your current system, this book provides the tools you need to define your goals and objectives and conceive and analyse design alternatives. This completely revised Second Edition includes new material for students and online discussion questions, whilst remaining an essential reference book.


"An attractive and appreciated aspect of this book is Bruun’s balanced approach. Skillfully the book demonstrates that modelling is a prerequisite for better public transport, but at the same time it warns against the implications of using sophisticated models."Moshe Givoni, Transport Reviews, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

"This is a very useful book, offering guidance on the planning and evaluation of major new public transit projects, and will be of interest for undergraduate and postgraduate students, academics and practitioners. It covers many important dimensions not previously brought together in one publication, including route and network analysis, modesplit estimation, space requirements, cost modelling and contract models." - Robin Hickman, University College London, Urban Studies

Table of Contents

Foreword 1. The Premise and Contents of the Second Edition 2. Establishing Goals and Objectives 3. Route and Network Analysis 4. The Impact of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) 5. Characterizing and Influencing Modal Relationships 6. Space Requirements and Impacts from Land Use 7. Simple and Complex Mathematical Models 8. Methods to Evaluate a Transit Project in Monetary Terms 9. Cost Model Development 10. Average and Marginal Costs of Services 11. Organizational Structures and Contract Models 12. Simultaneous Evaluations of All Factors Glossary Nomenclature References Index

About the Author

Eric Christian Bruun currently teaches transportation engineering, planning, and modeling at Aalto University in Finland and is a guest lecturer at other universities. He has managed and participated in numerous international consulting projects. Eric has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and a PhD in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

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