Exploring public transport equity between separate disadvantaged cohorts: a case study in Perth, Australia

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Journal Article

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place - australasia, policy - equity, ridership - disadvantage


Inequity, Gini coefficient, Lorenz curve, Elderly, Low income, Car ownership


This paper explores the equity distribution of public transport for three separate disadvantaged cohorts including elderly residents, low-income households and no-car households for Perth, Western Australia. It also undertakes a city-wide equity analysis of Perth and compares this with a published analysis for Melbourne. Overall the public transport distribution of the three socially disadvantaged groups was identified to be less equitable when compared to the population as a whole. The elderly had the most inequitable distribution of population relative to other cohorts. Perth’s population exhibits a 0.52 Gini coefficient suggesting a relatively unequal spatial distribution of services to the population. However, this is much better than Melbourne (at 0.68). Results imply that 70% of Perth’s population have only 33% of services supplied, whilst in Melbourne this figure was 19%. Policy implications and areas for future research in this field were identified.


Permission to publish the abstract has been given by Elsevier, copyright remains with them.


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