Transit Street Design Guide


8-1/2″ x 11″, hardcover, 260 pages,
Island Press.

SKU: CTS001 Category:


The Transit Street Design Guide provides a detailed introduction to designing streets for high-quality transit, from local buses to bus rapid transit, from streetcars to light rail.

Drawing on the expertise of a peer network and case studies from across North America, the guide provides a much-needed link between transit planning, transportation engineering, and street design.

The Transit Street Design Guide presents a new set of core principles, street typologies, and design strategies that shift the paradigm for streets, from merely accommodating service to actively prioritizing great transit. The book expands on the transit information in Urban Street Design Guide, with sections on comprehensive transit street design, lane design and materials, stations and stops, intersection strategies, and city transit networks. It also details performance measures and outlines how to make the case for great transit street design in cities.

The Transit Street Design Guide is a timely resource for transportation planners, transit operations planners, traffic engineers and others working to make streets that move more people more efficiently and more affordably.

Table of Contents

    1. Foreword
    2. Introduction
      • Key Principles
      • Why Transit Streets Matter
      • Designing to Move People
      • Reliability Matters
      • Service Context
      • Transit Route Types
      • Transit Frequency & Volume
  1. Transit Streets
    • Transit Streets
    • Transit Street Principles
    • Street Environments
    • Two-Way Streets
    • Enhanced Neighborhood Transit Street
    • Neighborhood Transit Street with Bike Lane
    • Downtown Shared Transitway
    • Center-Running Transit Street
    • Downtown Median Transit Street
    • Edgefront Transit Street
    • Offset Bus Lane Street
    • Median Rapid Transit Corridor
    • Transit Boulevard
    • One-Way Streets
    • Shared Transit Street
    • One-Way Streetcar Street
    • Tiered Transit Street
    • Parallel Paired Transitways
    • One-Way Transit Corridor
    • Contraflow Transit Street
  2. Stations & Stops
    • Station & Stop Principles
    • Stop Design Factors
    • Stop Placement & Intersection Configuration
    • Platform Length: In-Lane Stops
    • Platform Length: Pull-Out Stops
    • Platform Height
    • Accessible Paths & Slopes
    • Universal Design Elements
    • Stop Configurations
    • Boarding Bulb Stop
    • Side Boarding Island Stop
    • Shared Cycle Track Stop
    • Curbside Pull-Out Stop
    • In-Lane Sidewalk Stop
    • In-Street Boarding Island Stop
    • Median Stop, Right-Side Boarding
    • Median Stop, Left-Side Boarding
    • On-Street Terminal
  3. Station & Stop Elements
    • Stop Elements
    • Small Transit Shelter
    • Large Transit Shelter
    • Seating
    • Fare Vending
    • Passenger Information & Wayfinding
    • Transit Curbs
    • Bus Pads
    • Green Infrastructure
    • Bike Parking
    • Passenger Queue Management
  4. Transit Lanes & Transitways
    • Transit Lanes
    • Offset Transit Lane
    • Curbside Transit Lane
    • Rail Lane, Side Running
    • Center Transit Lane
    • Peak-Only Bus Lane
    • Shared Bus-Bike Lane
    • Contraflow Transit Lane
    • Transitways
    • Center Transitway
    • Side Transitway
    • Lane Elements
    • Pavement Material
    • Green Transitway
    • Pavement Markings & Color
    • Separation Elements
    • Signs & Signals
    • Lane Design Controls
    • Design Vehicles
    • Vehicle Widths & Buffers
    • Design Speed
  5. Intersections
    • Intersection Principles
    • Signals & Operations
    • Transit Signal Progression
    • Active Transit Signal Priority
    • Short Signal Cycles
    • Turn Restrictions
    • Intersection Design for Transit
    • Shared Transit/Right-Turn Lane
    • Right-Turn Pocket
    • Dropped Transit Lane
    • Queue Jump Lanes
    • Transit Approach Lane/Short Transit Lane
    • Virtual Transit Lane
    • Bicycle Rail Crossings
    • Transit Route Turns
    • Turn Radii
    • Recessed Stop Line
    • Transit-Only Turns
    • Dedicated Turn Channel
  6. Transit System Strategies
    • Network & System Principles
    • Network Strategies
    • Transit Networks
    • Route Simplification
    • From Stops to Stations
    • Fares & Boarding
    • Pedestrian Access & Networks
    • Bicycle Access & Networks
    • System Wayfinding & Brand
    • Performance Measures
    • Measure the Whole Street
  7. Resources


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About the Author

Transit Street Design Guide was prepared by a team of researchers at the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NATCO) with input from directors of planning, public works, transportation, and urban design from across North America.


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“Cities of every size can use this indispensable template to create streets that support local businesses and strong neighborhoods while moving more people more efficiently.”
— Seleta Reynolds,
General Manager LADOT

“Public transit customers want speed and reliability, but this goal can collide with desires for slow and intimate streets. Great streets can do both, and this guide shows how.”
— Jarrett Walker,
President Jarrett Walker + Associates

“The NACTO Transit Street Design Guide is part of a movement of cities to put people and transit right where they belong, at the heart of city street design. ”
— Ed Reiskin,
Director, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency