THE LOCATION OF PUBLIC SERVICES CONSIDERING THE MODE OF TRAVEL

By reason of their generally longer travel times, transit users are not so well-served by many public facilities as are automobile drivers. This paper investigates the implications of this fact for the location of a specific type of service, public child day care. A location-allocation model is employed to determine the most accessible locations for a set of centres in Edmonton, Canada, for users of both modes. Transit is found to be capable of providing only 51% of the accessibility of the automobile, at 2.4 times the average travel time. The argument is advanced that in order to reduce the inequality of service to a minimum, public facilities should be located with the accessibilities of transit users in mind. The optimal systems are compared with Edmonton's present system which is found to be spatially inefficient and quite discriminatory in its inefficiency against transit users. This is attributed to the city's piecemeal planning policy and an inadequate understanding of the notion of accessibility. The paper concludes by recommending improvements which would improve our simple diagnostic model to the level of a useful planning device. /Author/

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    Pergamon Press, Incorporated

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    Elmsford, NY  United States  10523
  • Authors:
    • Hodgson, M J
    • Doyle, P
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00189497
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 12 1981 12:00AM