Next Article in Journal
The Production of Food and Fiber: An Adaptation of CoP Features for Sustainable Water Use in Agribusiness
Previous Article in Journal
Sustainability Assessment in Automotive and Electronics Supply Chains—A Set of Indicators Defined in a Multi-Stakeholder Approach
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Sustainability 2016, 8(11), 1187; doi:10.3390/su8111187

The Impact of High-Speed Rail on Residents’ Travel Behavior and Household Mobility: A Case Study of the Beijing-Shanghai Line, China

1
School of Architecture, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, China
2
Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing 100101, China
3
School of Transportation, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, China
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Marcus L. Stephenson
Received: 21 September 2016 / Revised: 31 October 2016 / Accepted: 14 November 2016 / Published: 18 November 2016
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [2037 KB, uploaded 18 November 2016]   |  

Abstract

With the improvement of China’s high-speed rail network, there have been many economic and social benefits for local residents. Based on a questionnaire conducted in stations on the Beijing-Shanghai line, and through an analysis of high-speed rail passenger travel behavior and family relocation, we explored the social effects of high-speed rail. The study found that high-speed rail passengers are mainly young, highly educated, and have a middle to high income. However, with the popularization of high-speed rail, such differences in the social stratum of high-speed rail passengers are expected to disappear. Through an analysis of passenger travel status, we found that the areas surrounding high-speed rail stations are very accessible to the main cities, and are well connected by other public transport. With the emergence of the “high mobility era” based on the high-speed rail network, the separation of workplace and residence and the number of “double city” households are increasing, primarily in the Beijing-Tianjin and Shanghai-Nanjing (especially in Suzhou-Kunshan-Shanghai) regions. In addition, high-speed rail introduces the possibility of household mobility, with 22.7% of the respondents in this study having relocated since the Beijing-Shanghai line opened. Household mobility is apparent primarily among big cities, with movement toward nearby cities. We also found that occupation, income, residence time, and schooling of children have a significant impact on households. With the improvement of high-speed rail networks, household mobility will become a common phenomenon and research on domestic mobility will continue to increase. View Full-Text
Keywords: high-speed rail; social effects; residents’ travel behavior; household mobility; Beijing-Shanghai line high-speed rail; social effects; residents’ travel behavior; household mobility; Beijing-Shanghai line
Figures

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Chen, H.; Sun, D.; Zhu, Z.; Zeng, J. The Impact of High-Speed Rail on Residents’ Travel Behavior and Household Mobility: A Case Study of the Beijing-Shanghai Line, China. Sustainability 2016, 8, 1187.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Sustainability EISSN 2071-1050 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top