Title

ANALYSIS OF THE IMPACT OF THE MRT SYSTEM ON ACCESSIBILITY IN SINGAPORE USING AN INTEGRATED GIS TOOL

Authors

X ZHU
S Liu

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2004

Subject Area

planning - signage/information, technology - geographic information systems, technology - geographic information systems, place - urban, mode - rail, mode - tram/light rail

Keywords

Urban transit, Urban areas, Travel patterns, Singapore, Rapid transit, Light rail transit, Heavy rail transit, GIS, Geographic information systems, Geocoding, Commuters, Accessibility

Abstract

Central to Singapore's land transport strategy is to develop an extensive rapid transit network to provide quality public transit services and maximize accessibility for commuters to key nodes of employment, housing, leisure, and other social activities. This paper presents a study on the impact of the mass rapid transit (MRT) network on accessibility in Singapore using an integrated GIS tool. Four types of accessibility are assessed, including accessibility to the central business district, to the working population, and to industrial and commercial opportunities. It also analyzes the changes in accessibility brought about by the new MRT lines. The accessibility analyses conducted herein show that the closer to the central area of Singapore and the EastWest MRT line a location is, the higher accessibility it attains, and the new NorthEast MRT line has greatly improved accessibility of the northeastern areas, but has little impact on accessibility of the northern, northwestern, and eastern part of the country.

Comments

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