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Book Reviews

Occasionally I read books that may be of interest to the readers of this website. Here I will post reviews of these books that have a public transportation slant.

Review of Fruitvale Station
A review of the movie Fruitvale Station.

A Review of Driving Excellence
A book review of the book Driving Excellence: Transform Your Organization's Culture - An Achieve Revolutionary Results by Mark Aesch, CEO of the Rochester Genesee Transportation Authority.

Review of The High Cost of Free Parking
The High Cost of Free Parking by Donald Shoup is the seminal work on parking planning. In this review I examine how the book treats public transit.

Review of $20 Per Gallon by Christopher Steiner
This is a public transit-tinged review of $20 Per Gallon by Christopher Steiner.

Review of My Kind of Transit
This is a review of My Kind of Transit by Darrin Nordahl. His book, although it has some good ideas, generally ignores how transit can and does function in the real world.

Review of Human Transit by Jarrett Walker
A review of public transportation consultant Jarrett Walker's book Human Transit.

Review of Urban Mass Transit - The Life Story of a Technology
A review of Robert Post's book Urban Mass Transit - The Life Story of a Technology.

Review of Mass Motorization and Mass Transit
A review of Mass Motorization and Mass Transit by David W Jones.

Review of Curb Rights
This article reviews the book Curb Rights by Daniel Klein, Adrian Moore, and Binyam Reja. In this book, the authors argue that only complete deregulation (with the exception of curb rights) of the transit industry can save it.

Review of Bird on Fire
In Andrew Ross's latest book, he examines the factors that make Phoenix, in his opinion, the world's least sustainable city and what they can do to improve it.

Review of Desert Visions and the Making of Phoenix (1860-2009)
This is a review of Desert Visions and the Making of Phoenix (1860-2009) by Philip VanderMeer.

Review of The Death and Life of Great American Cities
This article is a transit-tinged review of the Death and Life of Great American Cities, one of the greatest books on planning ever written.

Review of The Transit Metropolis by Robert Cervero
This is a review of The Transit Metropolis by Robert Cervero.

Review of The New Transit Town: Best Practices In Transit-Oriented Development
This article reviews The New Transit Town: Best Practices In Transit-Oriented Development, edited by Hank Dittmar snd Gloria Ohland, and concludes that this is an excellent overview of transit-oriented development with one flaw - it was written in 2004.

Review of Public Transit Issues and Developments
Public Transit Issues and Developments goes over some of the criticisms of the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) New Starts Program as negotiations over a successor bill to SAFETEA-LU were ongoing in 2007 and 20008.

Review of Straphanger by Taras Grescoe
A review of Straphanger, a new book by Taras Grescoe.

Review of A Century of Subways
This is a review of A Century of Subways (Celebrating 100 Years of New York's Underground Railways) by Brian Cudahy.

Review of Zoned Out (Regulation, Markets, and Choices in Transportation...)
This is a book review of Zoned Out by Jonathan Levine.

Review of Transport for Suburbia: Beyond the Automobile Age
A review of Transport For Suburbia: Beyond the Automobile Age by Paul Mees.

Review of Rail Tales: Adventures On Public Transit
This is a review of the self-published book by Brian Green called Rail Tales.

Review of Sustainable Transportation: Problems and Solutions
This is a review of Sustainable Transportation: Problems and Solutions by William Black.

Review of Street Smart: Streetcars and Cities In the Twenty-First Century
This is a review of Street Smart: Streetcars and Cities In the Twenty-First Century, a self-published book available from Amazon.com

Review of Cities for People by Jan Gehl
A review of Cities for People by Jan Gehl.

Review of Making Public Transport Work
This is a review of Making Public Transport Work by Mark Bunting.

Review of Suburban Gridlock by Robert Cervero
A review of Suburban Gridlock by Robert Cervero.

Review of Better Public Transit Systems
A review of Better Public Transit Systems by Eric Bruun.

Review of Policing Public Transportation: An Evaluation of Bus Stops
A review of Policing Public Transportation: An Environmental and Procedural Evaluation of Bus Stops

Review of Transit Talk: New York's Bus and Subway Workers Tell Their Stories
A review of Transit Talk: New York's Bus and Subway Workers Tell Their Stories.

Review of How to Live Well Without Owning a Car
A review of How to Live Well Without Owning a Car by Chris Balish.

To Ride the Public's Buses - The Fight That Built a Movement
A review of "To Ride the Public's Buses - The Fight That Built a Movement", which chronicled the disabled community's fight to make American transit agencies accessible to the disabled.

Review of No Way to Go: Transport and Social Disadvantage in Australia
A review of No Way To Go, a collection of essays examining the link between lack of public transportation options and social exclusion in Australia.

Review of Moving minds: Conservatives and Public Transportation
A review of Moving Minds: Conservatives and Public Transportation

Review of Transit Maps of the World
Review of Transit Maps of the World by Mark Ovenden.

Review of Routes - The Lighter Side of Public Transit
A review of Routes - The Lighter Side of Public Transit by Heinz Hammer.

Review of Waiting on a Train
A review of Waiting on a Train by James McCommons.

Review of Public Transport - It's Planning, Management and Operation
A review of Public Transport - It's Planning, Management and Operation by Peter White.

Review of Public Transport in Developing Countries
A review of Public Transport in Developing Countries by Richard Iles.

Review of Gridlock: Why We're Stuck in Traffic and What to Do About It
A review of Gridlock: Why We're Stuck in Traffic and What to Do About It by Randal O'Toole.

Review of Transportation and Sustainable Campus Communities
A review of Transportation and Sustainable Campus Communities: Issues, Examples, Solutions by Will Toor and Spenser Havlick.

Review of The Lunatic Express: Discovering the World...
A review of The Lunatic Express: Discovering the World...Via Its Most Dangerous Buses, Boats, Trains, and Planes

Review of Right to Ride
A review of Right to Ride: Streetcar Boycotts and African-American Citizenship in the Era of Plessy v. Ferguson

Review of Urban Transit: Operations, Planning, and Economics
A review of Urban Transit: Operations, Planning, and Economics

Review of The Green Hornet Streetcar Diaster
A review of The Green Hornet Streetcar disaster by Craig Allen Cleve.

Review of Transportation for Livable Cities
A review of Transportation for Livable Cities by Vukan Vuchic.

Review of Exact Fare Only: Good, Bad & Ugly Rides on Public Transit
A review of Exact Fare Only: Good, Bad & Ugly Rides on Public Transit

Review of Urban Public Transport Today by Barry Simpson
A review of Urban Public Transport Today by Barry Simpson.

Review of A Very Public Solution - Transport in the Diverse City
A review of A Very Public Solution - Transport in the Diverse City

Review of Taking the High Road: A Metropolitan Agenda for Transportation Reform
A review of Taking the High Road: A Metropolitan Agenda for Transportation Reform

Review of Policy and Planning as Public Choice: Mass Transit in the US
A review of Policy and Planning as Public Choice: Mass Transit in the United States.

Review of Last Exit: Privatization and Deregulation of the U.S. Transpo System
A review of Last Exit: Privatization and Deregulation of the U.S. Transportation System

Review of Mobility First: A New Vision for Transportation
A review of Mobility First - A New Vision for Transportation In a Globally Competitive Twenty-First Century.

Review of Crime and Planning: Building Socially Sustainable Communities
A review of Cimre and Planning: Building Socially Sustainable Communities by Derek Paulsen.

Review of Moving Safely - Crime and Perceived Safety In Stockholm's Subway
A review of Moving Safely - Crime and Perceived Safety In Stockholm's Subway Stations

Review of the Dao of Doug: The Art of Driving a Bus
A review of the Dao og Doug: The Art of Driving a Bus (Finding Zen in San Francisco Transit: A Bus Driver's Perspective)

Review of The Routes Not Taken: A Trip Through New York City's Unbuilt Subways
A review of The Routes Not Taken: A Trip Through New York City's Unbuilt Subway System.

Review of The Subway and the City: Celebrating a Century
A review of The Subway and the City by Stan Fischler.

Review of Daily Public Transit Ridership - The Inside Scoop
A review of Daily Public Transit Ridership - The Inside Scoop by Peter Felton.

Review of Public Transport and its Users
A review of Public Transport and its Users: The Passenger's Perspective in Planning and Customer Care.

Review of Urban Transit - Systems and Technology
A review of Urban Transit - Systems and Technology

Review of The Geography of Urban Transportation
A review of The Geography of Urban Transportation edited by Susan Hanson and Genevieve Giuliano.

Review of Cincinnati's Incomplete Subway - The Complete History
A review of Cincinnati's Incomplete Subway - The Complete History by Jacob Mecklenborg

Review of Cash, Tokens, and Transfers: A History of Urban Mass Transit
A review of Cash, Tokens, and Transfers: A History of Urban Mass Transit in North America by Brian Cudahy.

Review of Building Type Basics for Transit Facilities
A review of Building Type Basics for Transit Facilities by Kenneth W. Griffin.

Review of Mind the Gap: A London Underground Miscellany
A review of Mind the Gap: A London Underground Miscellany by Emily Kearns.

Review of The Moving Metropolis: A History of London's Transport since 1800
A review of The Moving Metropolis: A History of London's Transport since 1800.

Review of Aging America and Transportation - Personal Choices and Public Policy
This is a review of Aging America and Transportation - Personal Choices and Public Policy

Review of Why Do Shepherds Need a Bush? History of Tube Station Names
A review of Why Do Shepherds Need a Bush? London's Underground History of Tube Station Names

Review of Transporting Atlanta - The Mode of Mobility Under Construction
A review of Transporting Atlanta - The Mode of Mobility Under Construction by Miriam Konrad.

Review of Transforming Urban Transport
A review of Transforming Urban Transport: The Ethics, Politics and Practices of Sustainable Mobility.

Review of Chicago Cable Cars
A review of Chicago Cable Cars by Greg Borzo.

Review of Underground Woman
A review of Underground Woman - My Four Years As a New York City Subway Conductor by Marian Swerdlow.

Review of Urban Transportation Planning, Second Edition
A review of Urban Transportation, Second Edition by Michael Meyer and Eric Miller.

Review of Automated Fare Collection System and Urban Public Transportation
A review of Automated Fare Collection System and Urban Public Transportation - An Economic and Management Approach to Urban Transit Systems

Review of Railtown - The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail
A review of Railtown - The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City.

Review of Urban Transportation Systems - Choices for Communities
A review of Urban Transportation Systems - Choices for Communities by Sigurd Grava.

Review of The Private Provision of Public Transport
A review of The Private Provision of Public Transport by Jonathan Richmond.

Review of Exact Fare Only 2: Good, Bad & Ugly Rides on Public Transit
A review of Exact Fare Only 2 - Good, Bad & Ugly Rides on Public Transit

Review of In Transit - The Transport Workers Union in New York City, 1933-66
A review of In Transit - The Transport Workers Union in New York City, 1933 - 1966 by Joshua B. Freeman.

Review of Detroit City Is the Place to Be
A review of Detroit City Is the Place to Be - The Afterlife of an American Metropolis.

Review of Car Sick - Solutions for Our Car-Addicted Culture
A review of Car Sick - Solutions for Our Car-Addicted Culture by Lynn Sloman.

Review of Urban Transit - The Private Challenge to Public Transportation
A review of Urban Transit - The Private Challenge to Public Transportation edited by Charles Lave.

Review of Bus Rapid Transit for the 21st Century
A review of Bus Rapid Transit for the 21st Century and How We Can Make Local Bus Service More Like Bus Rapid Transit

Review of Chronology of Transportation in the United States
A review of Chronology of Transportation in the United States by Russell O. Wright.

Review of Secure and Tranquil Travel - Preventing Crime and Disorder on Transit
A review of Secure and Tranquil Travel - Preventing Crime and Disorder on Public Transport.

Review of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
A review of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis.

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