Construction of Transit Metropolis in China: Theory and Practices


Min Huang

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Journal Article

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mode - mass transit, place - asia, planning - network design, planning - route design, land use - smart growth, land use - transit oriented development


Transit Metropolis, construction model, key factors, applications


Transit Metropolis, as a city development strategy, has become the direction of China’s central cities. However, lack of implementation, the domestic researches on public transit city are mainly in introduction. By analysis the mechanism of foreign successful cases, based on three strategies, supply, demand and space, this paper establishes a model to build Transit Metropolis, which is applicable to China’s central cities. Spatial layout of city along the axis of public transit and development around stations are the cores of space strategy. A city can be divided into three different areas, guide, adaptive and support. Combined with "Smart growth theory" and "TOD" theory, from three levels, macro, meso and micro, this paper gives thorough explanation of the space strategy. In the end, the application to the construction of Public Transit City of Shenzhen demonstrates that the model is scientific and feasible.


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