Learning From Street Configuration And Envisioning Future Transit Improvements
A study on the impact of street configuration on transit ridership and a transit vision for the Hampton Roads, VA, region in 2025 and beyond have been added to the Research Center best practices database.
This 2009 study from the Proceedings of the 7th International Space Syntax Smposium examines the impact of street network connectivity on transit patronage. The study looked at how connectivity affects the decision to use public transportation after controling for population density and the effect of walking distance from the transit station. Data on population densities, transit service features, and annual average daily station boardings are drawn from Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta. The study found that metric reach, which measures the street length that is accessible within a walking range, has significant impact on ridership levels jointly with population density and two attributes of transit service features. In particular, the estimates indicate that metric reach is a stronger predictor of transit use than station area population densities.
The 2011 Hampton Roads Regional Transit Vision Plan visualizes what may be possible for the region’s transit services by 2025 and beyond. The purpose of the plan is to provide a long-term framework for transit development.