A Dutch transport planner once explained his obsession with frequent, reliable transit networks (at which the Netherlands excels) … this way: “We shouldn’t think of buses, trams and trains as ships on a river. We should think of the network as the river, and the passengers as boats. The river is always there, and the boats may navigate it as they wish”.

I saw this quote in the comments of Jarrett Walker’s recent post on “Singapore – BBC profiles new frontiers in transit denial.”  It was posted by Zoltan.  I thought it was a great analogy for transit.  I like my transit to be consistent, regular, reliable, and punctual.  I just want to be the “boat” carried along transit’s “stream.”


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