2008 volume 35(3) pages 461 – 479
doi:10.1068/b33074

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Guo Z, Ferreira Jr J, 2008, "Pedestrian environments, transit path choice, and transfer penalties: understanding land-use impacts on transit travel" Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 35(3) 461 – 479

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Pedestrian environments, transit path choice, and transfer penalties: understanding land-use impacts on transit travel

Zhan Guo, Joseph Ferreira Jr

Received 8 June 2006; in revised form 2 April 2007; published online 26 March 2008

Abstract. This paper investigates the impact of pedestrian environments on walking behavior, and the related choice of travel path for transit riders. Activity logs from trip surveys combined with transit-route and land-use information are used to fit discrete-choice models of how riders choose among multiple paths to downtown destinations. The work illustrates (1) how the quality of pedestrian environments along transit egress paths affects transfers inside a transit system, and (2) how the impedance of transferring affects egress walking path choices. The use of GIS techniques for path-based spatial analysis is key to understanding the impact of pedestrian environments on walking behavior at the street level. The results show that desirable pedestrian environments encourage transit riders to choose paths that are ‘friendlier’, even if they involve more walking after leaving transit. Policy implications for land-use planning and transit service planning are discussed.

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