Explaining walking distance to public transport: the dominance of public transport supply

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Conference Paper

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mode - bus, mode - rail, place - australasia, mode - pedestrian, infrastructure - station, infrastructure - stop


walk distance, public transport, accessibility initiatives


Potential influences on explaining walk distance from home to access public transport are investigated including trip and demographic characteristics and public transport supply. In Sydney, Australia, people walk further to train than to bus, the distributions of walk distances are different for each mode, and the trip and demographic characteristics of train and bus users are different. Given the decision to walk to public transport, demographic characteristics such as age, gender, income and labour force status and trip characteristics such as trip purpose, time of day and week, fare and ticket type and trip duration are not significant in explaining walk distance to each mode of public transport. The mode of the public transport trip is the most important determinant of walking distance, reflecting the different supply and spacing of each mode in which there are many more bus stops than train stations. The differences between train and bus users suggest that accessibility initiatives for public transport may not be the same for each mode.


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