Title

POPULATION DENSITY CONSIDERATIONS FOR URBAN RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEMS

Authors

R L. Peterson

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1984

Subject Area

land use - planning, land use - urban density, ridership - demand, place - urban, mode - rail, mode - tram/light rail, mode - subway/metro

Keywords

Urban transportation, Urban planning, Travel models (Travel demand), Travel demand, Transportation planning, Transportation industry, Transportation economics, Transportation, Transport economics, Transport, Town planning, Residential density, Research, Rapid transit, Population statistics, Population density, Population (Statistical), Population, Metropolitan area planning, Light rail transit, Intracity transportation, Heavy rail transit, Economics, Corridors, Community planning, City planning

Abstract

Considerable attention has been given to the relationship of population densities within an urbanized area to existing or estimated rail transit patronage. Unfortunately, much of the rail planning is conducted at the macroscopic scale with the generalized statements of "minimum" densities necessary to support a given system. To adequately assess rail transit potential, microscopic analysis along any particular rail corridor is required. Several data sources are readily available to transportation planners in developing population density profiles along an existing or proposed rail corridor.