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1   Link   The 8 Habits of Highly Successful Commuter Rail Lines
"Here are eight criteria for the perfect commuter rail line. Only a few lines meet all of these. But nine of the top 10 commuter rail systems in the United States meet at least seven." From a Houston blog, but these principles apply everywhere.
2   Link   U.S. Census Bureau - County to County Worker Flow Files
"These files were compiled from Census 2000 responses to the long-form (sample) questions on where people worked. The files provide data at the county level for residents of the 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC)."
3   Link   California Worker Flows, City to City: Census 2000
Complete compilation of city to city worker flows from the 2000 U.S. Census. Includes breakdown by mode. WARNING: large Excel .xls file (5.6 megabytes!)
4   Link   Customized Google Transit Agency Search Engine
"Meta search across all major transit agency and transit related organization websites for fares, routes, data, reports, research, press releases, budgets, policies, programs, and other transit industry information."
5   Link   Common Urban Myths About Transport (Melbourne, AU)
"Fact: They may provide some short-term relief, but within a short time the extra road capacity generates more traffic than there was before. In the long term freeways just allow congestion to grow further: they don't reduce it."
6   Link   Light Rail Netherlands
"Our undertaking, "" offers expertise from Europe for a world-wide group of users. combines knowledge from different professional domains, such as transportation, urban planning, management and economics."
7   Link   Stadler Rail (Switzerland)
Home of the "FLIRT" trains, which can operate up to 100-mph and on 8% grades. Very suitable, very flexible accessible low floor rail equipment for regional rail transit lines. Being considered in Colorado.
8   Link   TR - Tramway Resources
Detailed information and photo galleries regarding European tramway (streetcar) and light rail transit developments. useful information for both transit fans and professionals.
9   Link   Reconnecting America: Ctr for Transit-Oriented Development
"[RA] impartial, fact-based perspective on development-oriented transit and transit-oriented development, and seeks to building regions and communities around transit and walking rather than solely around the automobile."
10   Link   San Francisco Bay Area Regional Rail Plan
"Regional Measure 2 also requires MTC to adopt a Regional Rail Plan... [that] will define the passenger rail transportation network for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, including an evaluation of California high-speed rail access options."
11   Link   Direct Demand Model BART & Caltrain (2004)
A more academic version of the BART/Caltrain direct demand model presented at RailVolution 2006. Unlike "black box" travel models, the variables input can be directly understood by non-technical persons. Robert Cervero & Jerry Walters, 2004.
12   Link   BART/Caltrain Direct Demand Ridership Model
A presentation made at 2006 RailVolution summarizing a "direct demand ridership model" based on data compiled from BART and Caltrain patronage in the S.F. Bay Area. By Jerry Walters, Fehr & Peers Associates. PDF only, 1.4meg.
13   Link   Networks, Hubs & Tickets: Transit for Multicentered World
"Why use 4 types of rail? They all serve different purposes. The Germans have concluded that LRT isn't suited for getting you to a different city. Commuter trains aren't [suitable] from one neighborhood to another. The key is linking these."
14   Link   Fundamentals of Successful Transit (1974 Presentation)
"The following is a historical document written in the early 1970's and which figured in political contests to reshape transit service in San Diego, the City of San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon." Thompson, Koon er, Massman 1974.
15   Link   A Very Public Solution: Transport in the Dispersed City (Amazon)
This book establishes principles and guidelines for the provision of effective public transport in dispersed cities. Cities do not need European densities for successful transit. AVAILABLE FROM AUSTRALIAN SOURCES ONLY. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.