Making the train : re-conceptualising accessibility for intra-urban rail travel

Bunker, Jonathan M., Zuniga, Kelly Draper, & Liu, Yulin (2013) Making the train : re-conceptualising accessibility for intra-urban rail travel. In Bunker, Jonathan M., Burke, Matthew, Hickman, Mark, & O'Keeffe, Brendan (Eds.) 36th Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF), 2-4 October 2013, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD.


Australian authorities have set ambitious policy objectives to shift Australia’s current transport profile of heavy reliance on private motor cars to sustainable modes. Improving accessibility of public transport is a central component of that objective. Past studies on accessibility to public transport focus on walking time and/or waiting time. However, travellers’ perceptions of the interface leg journeys may depend not only on these direct and tangible factors but also on social and psychological factors. This paper extends previous research that identified five salient perspectives of rail access by means of a statement sorting activity and cluster analysis with a small sample of rail passengers in three Australian cities (Zuniga et al, 2013). This study collects a new data set including 144 responses from Brisbane and Melbourne to an online survey made up of a Likert-scaled statement sorting exercise and questionnaire. It employs factor analysis to examine the statement rankings and uncovers seven underlying factors in the exploratory manner, i.e., station, safety, access, transfer, service attitude, traveler’s physical activity levels, and environmental concern. Respondents from groups stratified by rail use frequency are compared in terms of their scores of those factors. Findings from this study indicate a need to re-conceptualize accessibility to intra-urban rail travel in agreement with current policy agenda, and to target behavioral intervention to multiple dimensions of accessibility influencing passengers’ travel choices. Arguments in this paper are not limited to intra-urban rail transit, but may also be relevant to public transport in general.

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ID Code: 63121
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Rail, Accessibility, Station Access, Transit, Ridership
ISBN: 9781921897825
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Queensland University of Technology and the Authors
Deposited On: 03 Oct 2013 22:01
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2013 22:13

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