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Conference Paper

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mode - rail, place - australasia, land use - transit oriented development, land use - urban design


Transit-oriented development, transport survey, patronage, Adelaide rail corridor, travel demand, transport policy


Transit-oriented development (TOD), with a focus on rail corridor transport provisions with implications for urban planning, has the potential to reduce tensions of the energy crisis and global warming. Increasing rail frequency and developing higher density residential areas around railway stations may not, however, be enough to increase rail patronage. This is especially the case in cities with lower population densities such as Adelaide. TOD implementation needs to include local socioeconomic factors associated with travel mode and residential location choice behaviour. This paper analyses local travel behaviour by observing the means people use to access train at rail interchanges and by asking about their habits and the reasons for their choices in focus group sessions. Evidence suggests the existence of significant barriers for local residents to use public transport which need to be addressed for gaining a higher patronage. Proposed TOD strategies that target these main issues and other related factors would be a useful planning tool for transport policy makers and metropolitan planners.