MODELLING RURAL ACCESSIBILITY

Methods to assess the economic and environmental considerations of transport planning are reasonably well established, and these issues are usuallywell covered in assessments for investment decisions. There is, however,an increasing interest by governments in considering social impacts; in particular, accessibility - the measure of people's access to economic and social opportunities. In urban areas, there are proven methods for assessing accessibility. However, little substantive work has been done to provide measures for rural accessibility in Australia. This paper has three elements: the first is a discussion of modelling techniques appropriate forthe development of performance indicators for rural accessibility. A network model developed for the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority, Rmodel, was used in the work. The second is a presentation of the calculation of a variety of accessibility indicators that are appropriate for different purposes. Finally, the utilisation of geographic information systems (GIS) such as the NETWORK and TIN modules of ARC/INFO, in the presentation and analysis of such indicators, is discussed, using examples from the state of NSW as a whole, and from the Hunter region of NSW. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, see IRRD abstract no 861490.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 45-62

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00674937
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0-7325-0660-3
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 28 1995 12:00AM