Assessing the Spatial Implications of Autonomous Vehicles as Feeders to Railway Stations in Suburban Melbourne

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Journal Article

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place - australasia, mode - rail, mode - bus, mode - park and ride, mode - other, ridership - demand, policy - congestion


Autonomous vehicles, park-and-ride, public transport, congestion


Using results from a design-research studio analysing rail station access in Melbourne, this article considers how differing Autonomous Vehicle (AV) deployment models might fit into a suburban landscape. The results challenge assumptions about AV deployment. If AVs are low occupancy, peak demands may require station carparks to be used entirely as pick-up/drop off zones. This suggests little opportunity to re-purpose car parks for non-transport uses. Further, with AVs uncoupling station demand from existing feeder bus and park-and-ride provision, a re-distribution of demand along rail corridors may occur. The work has broad applicability to the policy challenges of an AV future.


Permission to publish the abstract has been given by Taylor&Francis, copyright remains with them.