Whew! Last night I delivered the manuscript to Island Press for a Revised Edition of Human Transit. It’s been a bigger project than I expected. I started out thinking that I could just add some material and the rest would stand as it was, but as I got into it I saw more things that I could improve, and now it’s pretty substantially revised. There’s nothing I would retract in the old version, of course. Certainly, the geometry isn’t out of date. But there are things I can say better now, so I do.
There are new chapters on planning for diversity, planning for access to opportunity, and network redesign, as well as new material on flexible transit (a.k.a demand-responsive transit or “microtransit”) and on Bus Rapid Transit. And I’ve added some more pointed commentary about the challenge of sorting through technological claims that have been amplified by venture capital.
It should come out in February 2024.
Meanwhile, here’s the rough draft of the cover, based on a sketch by the architect Eric Orozco. We were trying to capture the way that an abstract transit line turns into access which turns into human joy and possibility. Let me know what you think.
And yes, now that that’s done I should be blogging more.