Planning for access to public transport stations

Access to public transport stations is a critical, but often overlooked, aspect of public transport planning. Few public transport agencies have a station access planning process or develop station access plans, yet realising the benefits of infrastructure investment in fixed-guideway transit inherently depends on efficiently getting passengers to the station. Agency decisions explicitly affect the ability and likelihood for passengers to access the station by various access modes. For instance, the provision of auto parking allows users to drive and park at the station. However, if no parking is provided, riders must access the station another way. Recent research conducted by the U.S. Transit Cooperative Research Program developed a guidebook for planning for access to public transport stations. The research, which resulted in the publication of a guidebook, included development of a typology of stations and presents improved methods for conducting station access planning. This paper discusses key research findings, including discussion of trade-offs between access modes and opportunities. The research also produced a spreadsheet-based Access Planning Tool to assess demand, quantify the effects of access improvements, and measure the fiscal impacts. The authors will share the research results, including lessons learned for public transport agencies and local agencies.


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 17p
  • Monograph Title: AITPM 2011 national conference: linking communities: growing liveability and accessibility, 10-11 August 2011, Melbourne, Victoria

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01354721
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ARRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 24 2011 7:58AM