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(General introduction sourced from Wikipedia:Zurich)
Zurich (German: Zürich, German pronunciation: [ˈtsyːrɪç]; Swiss German: Züri) is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zurich. It is located in north-central Switzerland at the northwestern tip of Lake Zurich. The municipality has approximately 390,000 inhabitants, and the Zurich metropolitan area 1.83 million. Zurich is a hub for railways, roads, and air traffic. Both Zurich Airport and railway station are the largest and busiest in the country.
From a sustainability point of view it is known as one of the medium-size cities in the developed world with an excellent and well patronised public transport system. One of their 'secrets to success' was a sustained program of both Integrated Multimodal Network Planning, and also Public Transport Prioritisation by ensuring trams had as much continuous travel at intersections as possible.
This public transport system is extensively discussed for example in the book Transport for Suburbia: Beyond the Automobile Age (see below).
- http://books.google.com.au/books/about/Transport_for_Suburbia.html - See especially Chapter 8.
Andy Nash also has some excellent resources here:
- Nash, A & Sylvia, R, 2001, Implementation of Zurich's Transit Priority Program, Mineta Transportation Institute, http://www.andynash.com/nash-publications/Nash2001-Zurich-PT-MTI-01-13.pdf