Quantifying spatial gaps in public transport supply based on social needs


Graham Currie

Document Type

Journal Article

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Subject Area

ridership - disadvantage, mode - mass transit


Transportation disadvantaged persons, Transit, Spatial analysis, Social class, Public transit, Melbourne (Australia), Mass transit, Local transit, Accessibility


This paper concerns a research project to identify spatial gaps in public transport provision for people who are socially disadvantaged. The paper outlines the research context for measurement of public transport supply and needs, and then describes the methodology developed for an application in Melbourne, Australia. Results of the application are described including key findings on spatial gaps in services relative to social needs. The research identifies significant gaps between services supplied and social needs for transport services. Consistency of these findings with research in other Australian cities are noted. Implications for policy development are suggested.


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