So I’ve just signed a deal with Island Press to do a second edition of Human Transit, expected out near the end of 2023. A lot has obviously happened in the history of public transit since book came out in 2011, including real things like the pandemic, unreal things like the hyperloop, and some things that are real but overhyped, like microtransit. So in addition to updating examples and graphics, I plan at least five new chapters:
- Why does transit matter? A simple explanation of the unique role of transit in the city, and how it relates to all the other transportation options.
- The Wall Around Your Life. This chapter explains the idea of access and is mostly content from this article.
- Against Specialization. This chapter would emphasize that transit succeeds when an extreme diversity of people find it useful: diversity not just of race/gender/age but also of trip purpose. This explains why demands for specialized services, which transit agencies receive all the time, usually lead away from the best networks for everyone. The chapter would caution against elite projection, argue against the binarism of choice vs captive riders. This is also where the connection would be made to equity/justice frames.
- Flexible or Fixed? A review of the demand response service options, largely from this article.
- Should we Redesign our Network? How to recognize when a network needs redesign, and how to think about that.
Still, it’s a new edition rather than a new book because at least half of the book doesn’t need updating. After all, much of it is talking about geometry, and that doesn’t change.
But I’d love to know what you think! If you feel like perusing the book again, I’d welcome your thoughts, ideally organized by chapter, about what I should edit. You can email me by clicking that envelope up on the black bar, or just leave a comment. If your comment turns out to be really useful, you’ll get an acknowledgment.