Does transit mode influence the transit-orientation of urban development? – An empirical study

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Journal Article

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land use - impacts, land use - planning, land use - transit oriented development, literature review - literature review, mode - bus, mode - bus rapid transit, mode - rail, mode - tram/light rail, place - australasia, place - urban


Light rail, transit-oriented development (TOD), bus rapid transit


Light rail has been widely associated with more sustainable patterns of development in traditionally low-density societies such as those in North America and Australia (Korve et al., 1996; Woodcock et al., 2013; Cao and Schoner, 2014). Such development, a subset of the planning strategy known as transit-oriented development (TOD), has featured in numerous recent planning documents in the US as well for Australian cities. While the connection between TOD and increased public transport use is widely established in the literature (Transit Cooperative Research Program, 2004), less is known about the relative merits of investing in new transport infrastructure for different types of transit modes such as bus rapid transit (Currie, 2006). A baseline study which illustrates the similarities and differences in the transit-orientation of existing development around train, tram and bus stations/stops would act as a useful platform for informing planning strategies, and measuring their effectiveness, as cities seek to embrace TOD strategies.


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