Pedestrian environments, transit path choice, and transfer penalties: Understanding land-use impacts on transit travel

Zhan Guo, Joseph Ferreira

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Abstract

This paper investigates the impact of pedestrian environments on walking behavior, and the related choice of travel path for transit riders. Activity logs from trip surveys combined with transit-route and land-use information are used to fit discrete-choice models of how riders choose among multiple paths to downtown destinations. The work illustrates (1) how the quality of pedestrian environments along transit egress paths affects transfers inside a transit system, and (2) how the impedance of transferring affects egress walking path choices. The use of GIS techniques for path-based spatial analysis is key to understanding the impact of pedestrian environments on walking behavior at the street level. The results show that desirable pedestrian environments encourage transit riders to choose paths that are 'friendlier', even if they involve more walking after leaving transit. Policy implications for land-use planning and transit service planning are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)461-479
Number of pages19
JournalEnvironment and Planning B: Planning and Design
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Architecture
  • Urban Studies
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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