Exploring the Transit Orientation of Urban Development and its Impact on Public Transport in Melbourne

Exploring the Transit Orientation of Urban Development and its Impact on Public Transport in Melbourne

Densely populated, mixed land uses support sustainable travel patterns, including high public transport ridership, but research is limited in understanding how such development, known as transit-oriented development (TOD), could be successfully implemented in Melbourne. This project seeks to identify common factors that inhibit or facilitate TOD in Melbourne, with an emphasis on understanding whether there is any variance with the type of corridors tested, that can be attributed to intrinsic features of the mode. The project will define a typology, based on existing research, that comprises the factors understood as favourable preconditions for the successful implementation of transit-oriented development. New methods for evaluating corridors against the typology, as a multi-criteria index, will be developed. Corridors will be ranked based on their performance against the index. Measurement of individual elements in the typology will also enable common gaps in the Melbourne experience to be identified. Mode will be analysed as an independent variable to determine if the multi-criteria score for TOD-readiness varies significantly by mode. Any significant correlations between mode and individual elements of the index will be explored qualitatively to determine if such features are intrinsic to a particular mode. The project seeks to find new and transferable ways of understanding location-specific opportunities and barriers to implementing transit-supportive developments.

This project is part of the Sustainable and Effective Public Transport – Graduate Research Industry Partnership (SEPT-GRIP) and is supervised by Professor Graham Currie and Dr Alexa Delbosc. The project is being undertaken by Laura Aston and is sponsored by Public Transport Victoria and Monash University.

  • Date February 27, 2017
  • Tags Alexa Delbosc, Graham Currie, Impacts, Land Use, Melbourne, Mode, Partners, Planning, Planning, Public Transport Victoria, Ridership, SEPT-GRIP, Smart Growth, Transit Oriented Development, Urban Density

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