Relocation and transit led development in a new rail corridor

A key factor affecting transport policy is the interaction between urban form and the travel patterns of the community. Compact high-density urban development is thought to lead to decreased travel and thus sustainable mobility. It is expected that compactness and good public transport services result in reduction of travel by car. However, personal attitudes seem to have greater effect on mobility than the characteristics of the urban form. Not all individuals and households are inclined to reduce their travel or switch to public transport, cycling and walking: households with particular lifestyles (e.g., extremely “mobiles”) are actually likely to convert the accessibility benefits into increased distances. To some extent self selectivity of households relocating to transit orientated development (TOD) may decide the sustainable transport indicators at these centres. This research investigates the influence TOD characteristics on households’ location decisions. The study area is the new Mandurah to Perth railway opened in December 2007 in Perth. Three train-station precincts are chosen. Bull Creek is an established centre with a new station opened in the vicinity. The Wellard and Cockburn Central are relatively new precincts developed around the opening of the new stations. Wellard is a self contained TOD with relatively little development in the adjourning area. Cockburn central, like Bull Creek, acts as a transit interchange for surrounding residential zones. A survey of existing travel patterns and location decisions is combined with a stated choice questionnaire aimed at evaluating the effects of TOD attributes on location decisions and daily activity patterns. The study is longitudinal aimed at uncovering the effect of new railway services. The reported results in this paper draw on the first two waves for the panel.


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  • Pagination: 24p
  • Monograph Title: 30th Conference of the Australian Institutes of Transport Research (CAITR), 10-12 December, 2008, University of Western Australia Business School

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  • Accession Number: 01525057
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 20 2014 12:52PM