Residential location, travel mode and income: the likely effects of changes in housing costs and transport costs in Melbourne

For residential areas in Melbourne, relationships are examined between measures of personal and family income, social characteristics of local populations, housing costs, accessibility to public transport and to jobs, and modes of travel to work. It is found that mode of travel for the journey to work is strongly differentiated from area to area, with car use particularly associated with poor accessibility to jobs by public transport for men, and with walking distance from public transport for women. Car use is further associated with areas of high socioeconomic status and with populations early in the family life cycle. Changes in house prices seem currently to be reflecting the changed relative convenience of different residential locations consequent upon changes in the costs of private motoring. The time lags involved in these house price changes and other social ecological effects remain uncertain. These time lags are important, as they determine the time frames within which ameliorative measures can be implemented to counter unwanted effects. The paper reports some results of ARRB project 311, application of social impact assessment.

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    Melbourne, Victoria  Australia 
  • Authors:
    • King, R
  • Publication Date: 1980-9


  • English

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  • Pagination: 25P
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    • Issue Number: AIR 311-1

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  • Accession Number: 01439261
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 10:06PM