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The Effect of Railway Travel on Urban Spatial Structure

Martijn Dröes () and Piet Rietveld

No 14-050/VIII, Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers from Tinbergen Institute

Abstract: We examine the effect of railway travel on urban spatial structure in a polycentric urban land use model. We focus on the role of access to the railway network. We find that if the number of train stations is limited, the degree of urbanization is higher around train stations, but the effect of railway travel on road congestion is small. By contrast, if train stations are omnipresent there is little effect on urban spatial structure, but a considerable decrease in congestion. With regard to the supply of train stations, these findings suggest that there is an important policy trade-off between congestion and urbanization.

Keywords: general equilibrium; public transport; land use model; railway; sorting (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C68 D58 R13 R14 R4 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2014-04-29
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