IMPACT OF RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEMS ON COMMERCIAL OFFICE DEVELOPMENT: THE CASE OF THE PHILADELPHIA-LINDENWOLD SPEEDLINE

THIS RESEARCH INVESTIGATED THE IMPACT OF A NEW RAPID TRANSIT FACILITY - THE PHILADELPHIA-LINDENWOLD "SPEEDLINE" - ON COMMERCIAL OFFICE SPACE DEVELOPMENT ALONG ITS SUBURBAN CORRIDOR. SEVERAL EMPLOYMENT-RELATED VARIABLES WERE DERIVED AS "INDICATORS" OF LOCAL-LEVEL OFFICE SPACE ACTIVITY. THE METROPOLITAN AREA WAS FOUND TO BE UNDERGOING A MAJOR PROCESS OF SUBURBANIZATION IN WHICH THE RAPID TRANSIT CLEARLY PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT SUBURBAN OFFICE DEVELOPMENT HAS BEEN STIMULATED BY THE SPEEDLINE OPERATIONS. HOWEVER, A MULTITUDE OF INTERVENING VARIABLES PRECLUDE THE PRECISE QUANTIFICATION OF THIS IMPACT WHICH IS PRESENTLY LIMITED, BUT WHICH IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE WITH TIME. THE NATURE OF THIS IMPACT IS SEEN PRINCIPALLY AS A SPACIAL DISPLACEMENT OF BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES FROM THE CENTER CITY TO THE SUBURBAN CORRIDOR. /DOT/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • TSC-05(72)
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

    Transportation Studies Center, 3400 Walnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA  United States  19104
  • Authors:
    • Gannon, C A
    • Dear, M J
  • Publication Date: 1972-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 251 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00202282
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 17 1973 12:00AM