Residential Preference and Choice of Movers in Light Rail Neighborhoods in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Journal Article

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place - north america, place - urban, mode - tram/light rail, ridership - growth, land use - urban design, land use - impacts


Light rail transit (LRT), ridership growth, location choice, job accessibility


Light rail transit (LRT) has advocated for ridership growth, but not all residents move to LRT corridors because of transit. This study explores motivations of people moving to the Hiawatha LRT corridor in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota, metropolitan area and how their preferences factor into location choice. Few differences in residential preferences, except for transit preferences, are found between people moving to the Hiawatha and urban control corridors. Transportation-disadvantaged people and people who prefer transit are more likely to live in a location that is mismatched with their preferences for transit characteristics. Good transit service and job accessibility are important for urban and suburban residents, but affordability and safety dominate location choice. These findings highlight the importance of neighborhood design in addition to rail transit investment.


Permission to publish the abstract has been given by Transportation Research Board, Washington, copyright remains with them.