How to plan for regional accessibility

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Journal Article

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Subject Area

land use - planning


accessibility, transport planning, policy design


In order to address some of the shortcomings of traditional urban transportation planning, it is argued that a shift is needed from planning for mobility to planning for accessibility. Accessibility is a well-known and studied concept within the scientific literature. Its use in practice however is limited. This paper explores the ways of using the concept of accessibility in planning practice, with a special focus on the phase of policy design. Using the Amsterdam Region as an example, it is illustrated how simple accessibility measures can help planners with the design of integrated transport and land-use policies that call for different solutions than the traditional approach.


Permission to publish the abstract given by Elsevier. Copyright remains with Elsevier.


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