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Evaluating interregional freight accessibility conditions through the combination of centrality and reliability measures

Fatemeh Bagheri Khalili, António Pais Antunes and Afshin Shariat Mohaymany

Journal of Transport Geography, 2020, vol. 83, issue C

Abstract: The main contribution of this paper is a new approach to evaluate and compare the freight accessibility conditions offered in a set of regions or cities. The key innovation of this approach lies in that it combines (statistical) centrality and reliability measures of accessibility, thus tackling one of the weaknesses that researchers have identified in the vast accessibility literature. The proposed approach is first explained in details for a hypothetical setting, and then is applied to Iran using data collected in the latest transport survey conducted in this country. The focus is placed on road transport, by far the dominant freight transport mode in Iran. The results obtained through this application provide clear insights into the relative positions of the main freight production and attraction zones of Iran with respect to road accessibility conditions, and therefore valuable information to assist transport authorities in their decisions regarding the evolution of the country's road network.

Keywords: Interregional freight; Road transport; Accessibility; Reliability (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2020.102665

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