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Commuter Rail and Land Use: A Network-Based Analysis

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"Commuter Rail and Land Use: A Network-Based Analysis," research by Eric Beaton, Master of Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design, has been added to the Best Practices.

This May 25, 2006, paper examines the impact that commuter rail has had on land use patterns in the Boston metropolitan area, and sets up a model of analysis that could be used for any transportation investment in any region.

"It appears that there is some relationship between commuter rail service and different kinds of land use, but the causality of this relationship is unclear. Judging by what has occurred around commuter rail stations that were closed, it is clear that there is something fundamentally different about areas that grew up around rail lines. Simply put, history matters," the study concludes.

Read the paper here.