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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’

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

We are pleased to announce that the Transportation Experience: Second Edition, is now available.

The Second Edition of The Transportation Experience differs from the First substantially. Of course all the recent data is updated (the previous edition is nearly 10 years old), the graphs extended, and the text improved. In addition, the book was reorganized chronologically into a series of Waves of Development, roughly 50-60 year periods, in which we track multiple modes in parallel.

The Transportation Experience explores the historical evolution of transportation modes and technologies. The book traces how systems are innovated, planned and adapted, deployed and expanded, and reach maturity, where they may either be maintained in a polished obsolesce often propped up by subsidies, be displaced by competitors, or be reorganized and renewed. An array of examples supports the idea that modern policies are built from past experiences.

William Garrison and David Levinson assert that the planning (and control) of nonlinear, unstable processes is today’s central transportation problem, and that this is universal and true of all modes. Modes are similar, in that they all have a triad structure of network, vehicles, and operations; but this framework counters conventional wisdom. Most think of each mode as having a unique history and status, and each is regarded as the private playground of experts and agencies holding unique knowledge, operating in isolated silos. However, this book argues that while modes have an appearance of uniqueness, the same patterns repeat: systems policies, structures, and behaviors are a generic design on varying modal cloth. In the end, the illusion of uniqueness proves to be myopic.

While it is true that knowledge has accumulated from past experiences, the heavy hand of these experiences places boundaries on current knowledge; especially on the ways professionals define problems and think about processes. The Transportation Experience provides perspective for the collections of models and techniques that are the essence of transportation science, and also expands the boundaries of current knowledge of the field.

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

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

The Transportation Experience: Second Edition

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

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

The Transportation Experience explores the historical evolution of transportation modes and technologies. The book traces how systems are innovated, planned and adapted, deployed and expanded, and reach maturity, where they may either be maintained in a polished obsolesce often propped up by subsidies, be displaced by competitors, or be reorganized and renewed. An array of examples supports the idea that modern policies are built from past experiences.

William Garrison and David Levinson assert that the planning (and control) of nonlinear, unstable processes is today’s central transportation problem, and that this is universal and true of all modes. Modes are similar, in that they all have a triad structure of network, vehicles, and operations; but this framework counters conventional wisdom. Most think of each mode as having a unique history and status, and each is regarded as the private playground of experts and agencies holding unique knowledge, operating in isolated silos. However, this book argues that while modes have an appearance of uniqueness, the same patterns repeat: systems policies, structures, and behaviors are a generic design on varying modal cloth. In the end, the illusion of uniqueness proves to be myopic.

While it is true that knowledge has accumulated from past experiences, the heavy hand of these experiences places boundaries on current knowledge; especially on the ways professionals define problems and think about processes. The Transportation Experience provides perspective for the collections of models and techniques that are the essence of transportation science, and also expands the boundaries of current knowledge of the field.

 

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