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Participation index : a measure to identify rural transport disadvantage?

Kamruzzaman, Md. & Hine, Julian (2011) Participation index : a measure to identify rural transport disadvantage? Journal of Transport Geography, 19(4), pp. 882-899.

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Abstract

This paper develops a composite participation index (PI) to identify patterns of transport disadvantage in space and time. It is operationalised using 157 weekly activity-travel diaries data collected from three case study areas in rural Northern Ireland. A review of activity space and travel behaviour research found that six dimensional indicators of activity spaces were typically used including the number of unique locations visited, distance travelled, area of activity spaces, frequency of activity participation, types of activity participated in, and duration of participation in order to identify transport disadvantage. A combined measure using six individual indices were developed based on the six dimensional indicators of activity spaces, by taking into account the relativity of the measures for weekdays, weekends, and for a week. Factor analyses were conducted to derive weights of these indices to form the PI measure. Multivariate analysis using general linear models of the different indicators/indices identified new patterns of transport disadvantage. The research found that: indicator based measures and index based measures are complement each other; interactions between different factors generated new patterns of transport disadvantage; and that these patterns vary in space and time. The analysis also indicates that the transport needs of different disadvantaged groups are varied.

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ID Code: 41621
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Transport disadvantage, Activity spaces, Participation index, Accessibility, Geographical exposure, Rural Northern Ireland
DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2010.11.004
ISSN: 0966-6923
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Transport Planning (120506)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Deposited On: 10 May 2011 09:45
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2011 08:22

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