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Frequency Is Freedom

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In the conceptual diagram of our seven transit demands in chapter 2, one feature of transit should stand out. Frequency has a direct role in meeting four of the seven transit demands, more than any of the others. It also dominates three of the seven phases of a trip, and it’s the main measure of everyone’s least favorite phase: waiting. Frequency is also the essence of the distinction between routes (sites of occasional transportation events) and lines (transit that is there whenever you need it).

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    Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, “Bus and Rail Map,” http://www.vta.org/schedules/schedules_bymap.html (accessed June 30, 2011). Again, no particular criticism of this agency is implied. Their map is just an especially clear example of a common industry practice.

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Walker, J. (2012). Frequency Is Freedom. In: Human Transit. Island Press, Washington, DC. https://doi.org/10.5822/978-1-61091-174-0_7

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