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Sustainable Transportation Planning: Tools for Creating Vibrant, Healthy, and Resilient Communities 1st Edition

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"He has written a compact, engaging, and approachable text that is ideally suited to bringing a diverse group of students up to speed on the topic and providing and a launching point for supplementary readings and discussions. This book provides an ideal overview of key issues, a helpful quick reference on design guidelines, and a long reading list for those interested in digging further into the subject." (, August 2012)

"Sustainable Transportation Planning is an outstanding, easy to navigate source for planners of all kinds, not just transportation specialists... is an ideal book for America's many citizen-planners." (Better! Cities & Towns, April-May 2012)

". . .Tumlin argues that on the whole, transportation planning has remained overly focused on engineering. If planners took a broader approach to how urban regions work, he contends, they could serve those places more economically and also enhance liveability." (Better! Cities & Towns, March 2012)

"Tumlin's book starts with a provocative chapter on recent research into brain chemistry, noting how excessive driving makes us anti-social and stupid. Conversely, more walking and biking contribute to making us happier, sexier, and smarter." (Ecohome, March 2012)

"Transportation planning and urban planning, mobility and accessibility don't have to be mutually exclusive anymore, and Tumlin's book is a good place to learn about sustainable transportation planning." (, January 2012)

From the Back Cover

How to implement smart, sustainable transportation concepts

Developing sustainable urbanism is the most important environmental concern of the twenty-first century. However, while other planning-related disciplines have already joined forces to meet new sustainability challenges—for example, the LEED Neighborhood Development standard—transportation has not kept pace. Instead, transportation planning often defaults to a 1950s mindset, still favoring auto-oriented, one-size-fits-all solutions.

Sustainable Transportation Planning brings the discipline up to date, offering a big-picture approach to transportation systems. Using clear, nontechnical language, this guide provides step-by-step instructions for implementing smart transportation concepts in both large and small communities. Making this material accessible opens the door to greater participation in transportation planning by design and policy professionals, as well as citizen activists. The text also helps transportation professionals better understand and align their discipline within the broader movement toward sustainable urbanism.

Written by noted transportation planner Jeffrey Tumlin, Sustainable Transportation Planning features:

  • Consideration of bike, pedestrian, automobile, and mass transit modes, as well as how these modes interrelate
  • Applicability at varying scales, from a downtown street to a neighborhood to a regional network
  • Case studies that look at exemplary projects across North America
  • Detailed measures of success for both individual transportation modes and entire systems
  • Additional discussion of parking, station design, and congestion management

Working from a comprehensive definition of sustainability—one that encompasses economic, ecological, and social vitality—Sustainable Transportation Planning provides the definitive sourcebook for understanding and implementing the full range of modern community transportation systems.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470540931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470540930
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeffrey Tumlin is an owner and sustainability practice leader of Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, a San Francisco-based transportation planning and engineering firm that focuses on sustainable mobility. Over the past 19 years, he has led station area, downtown, citywide, and campus plans, and delivered various lectures and classes, in 20 U.S. states and five other countries. His major development projects have succeeded in reducing their traffic and CO2 emissions by as much as 40%, and accommodated many millions of square feet of growth with no net increase in motor vehicle traffic. These projects have won awards from the General Services Administration, American Planning Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, Congress for the New Urbanism, and Urban Land Institute. He got his driver's license on the day of his 16th birthday, and while he loves driving, he does not like regulations and subsidies that hide the cost of other people driving in front of him.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Olin VINE VOICE on May 17, 2012
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As a land use planning professional and adjunct public administration professor for the past 5 years, I have learned a great deal about transportation planning concepts through simple exposure to the interrelationship between land development and how people travel from one place to another. One of the biggest pushes in planning (at least in California) is the Sustainable Communities Strategy, which aims to bring jobs and housing closer together, to reduce vehicle miles traveled, congestion, smog, etc etc.

This book is a primer for all of the concepts necessary to achieve a sustainable community. It tackles everything from inter-modal transportation (bike to bus, for instance), congestion pricing (charging more to access core arterial roadways or districts during peak hours) to how to successfully implement bicycle initiatives, service levels of roads and highways, etc. The book is also contemporary in my eyes, as there is a chapter dedicated to performance measurement, and one on the relationship between cities with sustainable transportation systems and improved public health outcomes. All of the concepts are supported by accurate references, descriptive photos, and small case studies.

Like other readers, I was a bit disappointed by the lack of detail or depth with many of the case studies. In many ways case studies are supposed to breathe life into otherwise abstract concepts. They fell short in really illustrating successes, failures, and lessons learned.

The book is written in simple language...planners are known for using tons of jargon, so it's easy for anyone to grasp. I might just introduce this text to my Urban Planning & Redevelopment students next time I'm teaching that class. I recommend it.
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Jeffrey Tumlin's "Sustainable Transportation Planning" is a very serviceable introduction to the area of transportation planning. He places this within the broader context of overall urban planning. The book's back cover states this work uses "clear, nontechnical language" which is mostly true. Jargon, especially abbreviations, are necessary evils for works like this. Thus, the book does gently introduce the reader to new terminology and establishes a vocabulary for future study in this field. Overall, the vocabulary is directed towards people who may never have studied urban planning or transportation at all.

The lavish illustrations and graphs are a strength of this book, serving to illuminate the text. This book primarily establishes the framework of the entire field of transportation planning. The book's sections serve as nice leaping off points for discussion. Chapter 10, "Parking," is a good example of the author setting the table, then leaving it to the reader to do further research in deciding which of his "Top Ten Parking Management Strategies" are most important. The issues are stated, but only addressed shallowly.

Rather than a traditional bibliography, chapter 15's "For More Information" serves the same purpose. Most of the listed sources are online, usually federal government based (e.g., the Environmental Protection Agency) and appear to be spot on. Additionally, the endnotes section, divided up by chapter, is also an excellent resource for further research.

I take one star off (out of 5) primarily for the disappointing "Case Studies" sprinkled throughout the work. These are usually just single paragraphs stating little useful information. "Case Study: San Diego Trolley" (p.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Scott on May 16, 2012
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This is a very interesting and useful introduction to modern transportation planning with an emphasis on "sustainability".

As the book says in its introduction: "First and foremost, this book is written to help non-transportation professionals understand transportation practice, so that they can more effectively guide it."

It lives up to that promise quite well, providing a lively, readable, and interesting guide to transportation design.

Anyone involved in city planning and design, as well as any citizen interested in the topic, will learn a lot from this book.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Pawl VINE VOICE on May 9, 2012
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I live in Seattle - a town that, in recent years, is striving to be more alternative transport friendly. We are in the process of building a city wide light rail system, a series of trolley routes, as well as expanding our express bus route system, that already exists (under Downtown Seattle). This means that our hard earned tax dollars will be going directly toward feeding this brain child. Is it feasible? Not sure. Is it cost effective? Hmmm..... All I know is that in approximately ten years, we shall be riding those routes - at a time where few of us can even afford the cost of filling a gas tank. They better work on affordability.

It was great to read Sustainable Transportation Planning: Tools For Creating Vibrant, Healthy, and Resilient Communities. It is well written, engaging and very educational. We learn about the pros and cons of establishing a good, solid public transportation system, in our urban communities. They build stronger communities, when people are given the option of riding together, walking more (exercise) and also increasing the speediness, from point A to point B. We get a chemistry lesson, crash course in urban planning and we also get a sense of the detrimental effect of too many vehicles on the streets and freeway systems. This includes pollution, wear and tear on roads, and elevated levels of road rage. Not terrific for our moral.

I recommend this book, so, you can learn more about why it is so imperative that our cities make accessible and affordable alternative forms of public transportation available to our neighbors. Personally, I am all for it.
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