Using connectivity for measuring equity in transit provision

Kaplan, Sigal, Popoks, Dmitrijs, Prato, Carlo Giacomo and Ceder, Avishai (Avi) (2014) Using connectivity for measuring equity in transit provision. Journal of Transport Geography, 37 82-92. doi:10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2014.04.016

Author Kaplan, Sigal
Popoks, Dmitrijs
Prato, Carlo Giacomo
Ceder, Avishai (Avi)
Title Using connectivity for measuring equity in transit provision
Journal name Journal of Transport Geography   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0966-6923
Publication date 2014-05-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2014.04.016
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 37
Start page 82
End page 92
Total pages 11
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Abstract This study proposes the assessment of equity in transit provision by using transit connectivity as a comprehensive impedance measure. Transit connectivity considers in-vehicle time, access/egress times, waiting time, service reliability, frequency, and 'seamless' transfers along multi-modal paths. In addition, transit connectivity weighs the impedance components according to their relative importance to travelers. The assessment of equity was performed for the multi-modal transit system in the Greater Copenhagen Area, renowned for its transit-oriented finger-plan. The assessment method used a GIS representation of the network (i.e., service lines, timetables, metro stations, train stations, and bus stops), and transit assignment results (i.e., level-of-service times, passenger flows). The assessment method proved effective in calculating location-based and potential-accessibility measures and Gini coefficients of inequality in the Greater Copenhagen Area. Results show that the transit-oriented development contributes to spatial equity with high connectivity in densely populated zones, vertical equity with comparable connectivity in high income and low income zones, inter-generational equity with good connectivity provision for students to higher-education and job opportunities. Also, results show that the north-west 'finger' is less equitable with lower connectivity for low population density and lower connectivity to higher-education opportunities regardless of the high number of students.
Keyword Geographical Information Systems
Inter-generational equity
Spatial equity
Transit connectivity
Vertical equity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
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