Outside the ivory tower: visualizing university students’ top transit-trip destinations and popular corridors

Wang, Mingshu, Zhou, Jiangping, Long, Ying and Chen, Feng (2016) Outside the ivory tower: visualizing university students’ top transit-trip destinations and popular corridors. Regional Studies, Regional Science, 3 1: 202-206. doi:10.1080/21681376.2016.1154798


Author Wang, Mingshu
Zhou, Jiangping
Long, Ying
Chen, Feng
Title Outside the ivory tower: visualizing university students’ top transit-trip destinations and popular corridors
Journal name Regional Studies, Regional Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2168-1376
Publication date 2016-03-06
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/21681376.2016.1154798
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 3
Issue 1
Start page 202
End page 206
Total pages 5
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Universities are where innovations, face-to-face interactions and social capital are commonplace. Nevertheless, often regarded as ‘the ivory tower’, universities cannot be separated from the social and economic transformations outside of them. Traffic, information and financial flows between universities and other locations can be used to reveal connections between the ivory tower and other locales. Therefore, this paper uses the weekday public transit smartcard records from 6 to 9 April 2010 (158,262 transit trips in total, including bus-only, bus plus subway and subway-only trips) to identify and profile the most popular destinations of student riders from the ‘985 universities’ (a short list of top universities designated by the Chinese Central Government in 1999) and associated transit trip flows in Beijing. It identifies destination hotspots for the 985 universities’ students in Beijing, allocates traffic volume to major roads and delineates the transit trips of students from each campus. The results indicate that there exist only weak ties and little movement between the top universities and the most disadvantaged areas.
Keyword Public transit
Smartcard records
University student
China
Beijing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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