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Multi-modal network evolution in polycentric regions

Oded Cats and Nigel Birch

Journal of Transport Geography, 2021, vol. 96, issue C

Abstract: The development of public transport networks in polycentric regions involves making complex trade-offs between extending network coverage, densifying local connections, offering improved connections between urban centers and increasing capacity on existing links. Moreover, different modalities might be suitable for each of these development decisions depending on their speed, capacity and cost function structure. The objective of this study is to identify the influence of polycentric configurations and their respective travel demand distributions on the emerging topology of the corresponding multi-modal public transport network using an iterative growth model. Since polycentricity comes in many forms, our experimental design considers four polycentric configurations inspired by the cases of London, Tokyo, the Flemish Diamond and the Rhine-Ruhr area.

Keywords: Public transport; Network structure; Network evolution; Polycentric; Path dependency (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2021.103159

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