Developing transit-oriented corridors: Insights from Tokyo

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Journal Article

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place - asia, place - urban, mode - rail, land use - impacts, land use - transit oriented development, land use - urban density, land use - planning, infrastructure - station, planning - integration


Corridors, planning, stations, Tokyo, transit-oriented development


Various studies have pointed out that a successful integration of public transport and land use requires plans covering the entire metropolitan region that are consistent over a long period of time. The proposition that is explored in this article is that railway corridors can offer an effective spatial and institutional focus for this. For this purpose, a real-world case in Tokyo, where a corridor-based approach is central to the coordination of public transport and land-use developments, was examined. The analysis combines and links spatial and institutional dimensions. Three criteria are employed in the spatial analysis: corridor transport characteristics, land-use densities, and land-use mix. On the institutional side, the role the local government and the private railway sector play in developing railway corridors in Tokyo is discussed. The exploration seems to support the proposition that the railway corridor can be a convenient spatial and institutional unit in which to integrate transport and land-use developments. However, translation to other metropolitan areas of elements of the Tokyo approach would have to adequately acknowledge contextual differences.


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