Rail station access: An assessment of options

Semler, Conor and Hale, Chris (2010). Rail station access: An assessment of options. In: ATRF 2010 (Australasian Transport Research Forum), Canberra ACT, (). 29 September - 1 October 2010.

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Author Semler, Conor
Hale, Chris
Title of paper Rail station access: An assessment of options
Conference name ATRF 2010 (Australasian Transport Research Forum)
Conference location Canberra ACT
Conference dates 29 September - 1 October 2010
Convener Australasian Transport Research Forum
Place of Publication Canberra, ACT, Australia
Publisher Australasian Transport Research Forum
Publication Year 2010
Year available 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
Total pages 14
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Abstract/Summary http://www.patrec.org/atrf.aspx
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Rail is a critical component of public transport systems in major cities, but the effectiveness of rail is fundamentally determined by the quality of passenger access to stations. Planning for access to rail stations is generally not well-developed as a discipline in Australia or the USA, and many of the variables that affect quality of station access are not widely known.

Typical transport analysis focuses on the automobile, often to the detriment of other transport modes. Meanwhile, rigorous analysis methods for non-auto modes are currently in their infancy among the professions interested in transport.
Research into the factors contributing to station access mode choice suggests that station-area characteristics figure prominently in mode choice decisions.

The paper summarises findings from a review of literature exploring station-area access planning, and the emerging field of non-auto transport evaluation methods. We find that encouraging walking, cycling, and riding public transport to rail stations can increase ridership without the need to provide additional car parking facilities, which clearly tend to be expensive, land-intensive, and which generate localised congestion. Instead, station-area land can be used more productively, through residential, office, and retail transit-oriented development (TOD) which provides economic value to the community and ridership for the rail agency.
Subjects 090507 Transport Engineering
120506 Transport Planning
120508 Urban Design
Keyword Rail stations
Bus planning
Rail planning
Bicycle planning
Park and ride
Station access
Evaluation tools
Feeder bus
Pedestrian planning
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Thu, 14 Oct 2010, 11:13:42 EST by Mr Chris Hale on behalf of School of Civil Engineering