May 11, 2009
‘Leading the Way’: Public Transit Revitalizes Communities
APTA announces the publication of Public Transportation No. 2: Leading the Way, a profusely illustrated book from Visual Reference Publications Inc., which demonstrates how public transit is revitalizing business districts, connecting employers with the workforce, and increasing property values through development while helping the U.S. reduce its dependence on foreign oil.
In the preface, APTA President William W. Millar describes how the public transit industry is dealing with “extraordinary” ridership growth “by listening to its customers, launching new services that truly serve their communities, and by developing and embracing innovation that puts the industry at the forefront…From new technologies to ‘going green,’ the industry demonstrates its capacity for growth and innovation with the best yet to come.”
The book’s introduction reports on the many benefits of public transit to the people and communities it serves. Increased investment at the federal, state, and local levels has allowed transit systems to expand and enhance their operations, attracting more riders through high technology, features ranging from free wi-fi to bicycle racks, and quieter vehicles with cleaner engines.
According to Marc Wortman, Ph.D., the volume’s editor, Public Transportation 2: Leading the Way provides “a complete sense of how transportation systems are truly comprehensive networks that require coordination among the automobile, bus, shuttle, and all forms of rail transit.” He also pointed to the emphasis on advances in information technology: “The ability to create infrastructure for communications, coordination of transportation modalities, and energy savings make our public transportation systems cost-efficient and very usable for the rider, and that’s the bottom line.
The 206-page book, with 600 color photos, is available for the special price of $50 per copy through the publisher. Ordering information is available online.