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The variant concept of transportation disadvantaged : evidence from Aydin, Turkey and Yamaga, Japan

Duvarci, Yavuz, Yigitcanlar, Tan, Alver, Yalcin, & Mizokami, Shoshi (2011) The variant concept of transportation disadvantaged : evidence from Aydin, Turkey and Yamaga, Japan. Journal of Urban Planning and Development, 137(1), pp. 82-90.

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Abstract

Transportation disadvantaged groups, in the previous studies, are defined as those who are low income earners, family dependent, limited access to private motor vehicles and public transport services, and also those who oblige to spend relatively more time and money on their trips. Additionally those disable, young and elderly are considered among the natural groups of transportation disadvantaged. Although in general terms this definition seems correct, it is not specific enough to become a common universal definition that could apply to all urban contexts. This paper investigates whether travel difficulty perceptions vary and so does the definition of transportation disadvantaged in socio-culturally different urban contexts. For this investigation the paper undertakes a series of statistical analysis in the case study of Yamaga, Japan, and compares the findings with a previous case study, where the same methodology, hypothesis, and assumptions were utilized in a culturally and demographically different settlement of Aydin, Turkey. After comparing the findings observed in Aydin with the statistical analysis results of Yamaga, this paper reveals that there can be no explicitly detailed universal definition of transportation disadvantaged. The paper concludes by stating characteristics of transportation disadvantage is not globally identical, and policies and solutions that work in a locality may not show the same results in another socio-cultural context.

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ID Code: 40199
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Transportation Disadvantage, Travel Demand Models, Travel Behavior, Cluster Analysis
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)UP.1943-5444.0000044
ISSN: 0733-9488
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban Analysis and Development (120507)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified (120599)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Deposited On: 21 Feb 2011 09:53
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:30

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