Impacts of New Light Rail Transit Service on Riders' Residential Relocation Decisions

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Journal Article

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mode - tram/light rail, place - north america, place - urban, ridership - behaviour, planning - surveys, land use - impacts, land use - planning


Light Rail Transit, Residential Moving Behavior, Sample Selection Model


Using the rider survey data collected from Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit System in New Jersey, this paper investigated the residential relocating decisions of the riders who have been riding the LRT for a period of time. Using the Heckman’s sample selection model, the paper extends the current mobility literature by describing not only a rider’s likelihood to move as a result of the new LRT service but also the movers’ orientation toward their residence distances to LRT stations. Information on the socio-economic characteristics of the movers and their residence distances to LRT stations would help planners and developers identify areas where housing growth associated with specific characteristics of the riders will occur, and plan for these areas to provide affordable housing and amenities for relocating residents.


Permission to publish the abstract has been given by the Journal of Public Transportation, copyright remains with them.