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The Transportation Experience: Cover Art

The Transportation Experience: Second Edition by William L. Garrison and David M. Levinson
The Transportation Experience: Second Edition by William L. Garrison and David M. Levinson (2014)
Claude Monet  - Gare Saint Lazare (1877)
Claude Monet – Gare Saint Lazare (1877)

 

The cover art for the Second Edition of The Transportation Experience is Gare Saint-Lazare (1877) by Claude Monet. A full discussion of the art can be found at the National Gallery of Art exhibition brochure.

The steam and the perspective, and the common theme of trains and rails evoke the earlier impressionistic (though not necessarily impressionist) Rain, Steam, and Speed by JMW Turner which we used on the cover of the First Edition. Monet’s image is set in a station rather than in motion, and in urban Paris rather than the countryside of England at Brunel’s Maidenhead Railway Bridge, but if you look closely, you see structures in the background of both.

The book is available for order at Oxford University Press,  Amazon and Barnes and Noble

The Transportation Experience - First Edition by W.L. Garrison and D.M. Levinson (2005)
The Transportation Experience – First Edition by W.L. Garrison and D.M. Levinson (2005)
Rain, Steam and Speed - The Great Western Railway by J.M.W Turner (1844)
Rain, Steam and Speed – The Great Western Railway by J.M.W Turner (1844)

 

Garrison, W.L. and Levinson, D.M. (2014) The Transportation Experience: Policy, Planning, and Deployment – Second Edition. Oxford University Press

ISBN-10: 0199862710 | ISBN-13: 978-0199862719 | Edition: 2

 

The Transportation Experience – Reviewer Comments

The Transportation Experience: Second Edition by William Garrison and David Levinson
The Transportation Experience: Second Edition by William Garrison and David Levinson

My author’s copy of The Transportation Experience just arrived, so it is a good time to talk about the book, which will be available is available for pre-order now. Below are comments from reviewers.

Garrison, W.L. and Levinson, D.M. (2014) The Transportation Experience: Policy, Planning, and Deployment – Second Edition Oxford University Press

Publication Date: February 3, 2014 | ISBN-10: 0199862710 | ISBN-13: 978-0199862719 | Edition: 2

“It’s hard to imagine a more comprehensive survey of transportation history than The Transportation Experience. The book guides readers from the days of steam engines and turnpikes to those of high-speed trains and robot-driven cars-blending top academic insight with colorful biographical bites. Whether your interest is infrastructure, public policy, transport theory, or just travel in general, you’ll grow wiser from the journey.” — Eric Jaffe, author of The King’s Best Highway

“Everything you wanted to know about transportation is in this book. It is not only a comprehensive look back at the transit methods that built the nation, but a look forward based on how the lessons from the past can be applied to the modern metropolitan economies. This book could not come at a better time.” — Robert Puentes, Director, Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative, Brookings Institution

The book is available for pre-order at Oxford University Press,  Amazon and Barnes and Noble

5 or so Books about Minnesota, Transport, and Land Use You Should Read — streets.mn

I have a post up at Streets.MN: 5 or so Books about Minnesota, Transport, and Land Use You Should Read. The whole post is below:

You are reading Streets.MN, you might have something to do with Minnesota, Transport, and Land Use, and you are probably literate. Here are some books you should read.

Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
  1. Lost Twin Cities – Larry Millett
  2. Twin Cities by Trolley by John Diers and Aaron Isaacs
  3. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
  4. Minnesota in the 70s by Dave Kenney and Thomas Saylor
  5. Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow: Essays by Andy Sturdevant

What else you got? Add more to the comments:

5 or So Books on Transportation Economics and Policy You Should Read

The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger by Marc Levinson
The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger by Marc Levinson

You are sitting by the fire, in your leather chair that just reeks “old money”, a reading light behind you, in your smoking robe and slippers, Labrador Retriever by your feet, pipe in one hand, a good book in another. What is that good book? Something about transportation economics and policy of course. Here are some of my favorites …

  1. The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger – Marc Levinson (no relation, though I met him once) [review]
  2. Megaprojects and Risk: An Anatomy of Ambition – Flyvbjerg, Bruzelius, and Rothergatter [review]
  3. Mega-Projects: The Changing Politics of Urban Public Investment – Altshuler and Luberoff
  4. Going Private – Jose Gomez-Ibanez and John Meyer
  5. Curb Rights – Daniel Klein, Adrian moore, and Binyam Reja

5 or So Pieces of Children’s Transportation Fiction You Should Read (With Your Kids)

Thomas the Tank Engine by Rev. W. Awdry
Thomas the Tank Engine by Rev. W. Awdry

If you believe your kids should be indoctrinated in transportationism, you will get them appropriate books. While transportation fiction is a narrow category, kids books about transportation are plentiful. Here are some books and stories I liked for which the transportation technologies are important elements and geared toward younger readers.

  1. The Phantom Tollbooth (book and movie)
  2. Go, Dog, Go! – PJ Eastman (the abridged version is almost poetic)
  3. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus – Mo Willems
  4. The Railway Series –  Rev. W. Awdry
  5. Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day

Suggest more in the comments

5 or So Pieces of Transportation Fiction You Should Read

HG Wells' Things to Come
HG Wells’ Things to Come

“But I like fiction”  you say. Well transportation fiction is a narrow category. Here are some books and stories I liked for which the transportation technologies are important elements.

  1. The Financier, The Titan, and The Stoic – Theodore Dreiser’s Trilogy of Desire
  2. The Roads Must Roll – Robert Heinlein
  3. The Trail of the Hawk – Sinclair Lewis (not Sinclair Lewis’s best, that would be Main Street, Babbitt, or Arrowsmith, but a really nice picture about the changes brought by the then new car)
  4. The Shape of Things to Come - HG Wells (the movie and book)
  5. The Odyssey – some dude named Homer

Suggest more in the comments

5 or So Transit Books You Should Read

Human Transit by Jarrett Walker
Human Transit by Jarrett Walker

Winter break is coming up. That means it is time to read. It is also time to be-gift your favorite transportationists with books. A student asked what transportation books he should read. That of course depends. I have read and liked the following.

    1. Human Transit – Jarrett Walker [review]
    2. The Transit Metropolis – Robert Cervero
    3. Down the Tube: the Battle for London’s Underground – Christian Wolmar (really anything by Christian Wolmar, hopefully the next Mayor of London)
    4. Mr. Beck’s Underground Map – Ken Garland (really anything on London by Capital Transport)
    5. Twin Cities by Trolley: The Streetcar Era in Minneapolis and St. Paul – John Diers

Tell me your recommendations for Transit books in the comments …

5 or So Books about Transportation History You Should Read

Down the Asphalt Path by Clay McShane
Down the Asphalt Path by Clay McShane

These 5 or so books about transportation history were interesting and well worth reading. There are lots of others as well, please recommend in the comments.

  1. Down the Asphalt Path – Clay McShane
  2. The Transportation Revolution, 1815-1860 – George Rogers Taylor
  3. Streetcar Suburbs: The Process of Growth in Boston, 1870-1900 – Sam Bass Warner
  4. Dr. Eckener’s Dream Machine: The Great Zeppelin and the Dawn of Air Travel – Douglas Botting
  5. The King’s Best Highway: The Lost History of the Boston Post Road, the Route That Made America – Eric Jaffe

5 Or So Books on Streets and Traffic You Should Read

StreetsAndPatterns

A student asked what books should he read. That of course depends. These are some books I liked about streets and traffic.

  1. Traffic: Why We Drive The Way We Do, and What It Says About Us – Tom Vanderbilt
  2. Magic Motorways – Norman Bel Geddes (this is in many ways a classic by the creator of the 1939 Futurama exhibit)
  3. Great Streets – Allen B. Jacobs
  4. Streets Ahead – The Design Council (my first introduction to Woonerfs, from 1979)
  5. Streets and Patterns: The Structure of Urban Geometry – Stephen Marshall [review]

The Automobile Anthropomorphic

Herbie the Love Bug appeared in quite a few films. While Herbie was good, Christine was less so, and is one of many possessed vehicles appearing in literature, film, and TV. The most famous is probably Butterfly Lightning McQueen. The headlights and radiator of the car are a natural anthropomorphizing feature as the eyes and mouth. Most such vehicles however lack the senses of smell and sound.
The movie Cars, and its knockoffs (e.g. Little Cars), and spin-offs (Cars Toons) dominate the animated genre. But they did not invent it.
Other shows with anthropomorphic vehicles include:

Sodor has a few off-track vehicles, mostly trucks and tractors, while Sir Topham Hatt’s car is not anthropomorphized. So nothing from the land of Thomas today.

Roary autobots LittleCars SpeedBuggy Cars Kitt Brum Herbie Christine