Comparing Public Transport Connectivity Measures of Major New Zealand Cities

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Journal Article

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place - australasia, operations - reliability, infrastructure - interchange/transfer


New Zealand, public transport connectivity, public transport terminal


The success of a public transport (PT) system relies on reliability, rapidity, and ease of use and the power to attract passengers, taking into account how people make decisions. This study presents a framework for determining and comparing the PT connectivity measures of the central business districts of Christchurch City, Wellington City, and Auckland City, New Zealand. This investigation can serve as an analytical framework for any determination and comparison of PT coordination means. The connectivity measures were calculated on the basis of 11 attributes that influence people's choice of PT over other available modes. In general, a lower connectivity measure symbolizes better connectivity. The findings of this study indicate that Auckland's existing PT has a better overall connectivity measure than either Christchurch's or Wellington's, considering the available background information. Auckland has more paths between an origin and destination pair. Auckland's data set has the lowest median value and variance and demonstrates more consistent services overall. The study also finds that the PT terminal should be more centrally located to improve connectivity. In general, this study proves the importance of future research in the area of investigating and improving PT connectivity measures. This will help encourage a significant shift from private vehicles to PT.


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