Next Article in Journal
Environment, Development, and Ecologically Unequal Exchange
Next Article in Special Issue
Are People Responsive to a More Sustainable, Decentralized, and User-Driven Management of Urban Metabolism?
Previous Article in Journal
Sustainable Use and Management of Indigenous Plant Resources: A Case of Mantheding Community in Limpopo Province, South Africa
Previous Article in Special Issue
Where’s Wally? In Search of Citizen Perspectives on the Smart City
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Sustainability 2016, 8(3), 224; doi:10.3390/su8030224

Comparable Measures of Accessibility to Public Transport Using the General Transit Feed Specification

1
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Seoul National University, Gwanak-ro 1, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 08826, Korea
2
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Integrated Research Institute of Construction and Environmental Engineering, Seoul National University, Gwanak-ro 1, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 08826, Korea
*
Authors to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editors: Thorsten Schuetze, Hendrik Tieben, Lorenzo Chelleri, York Ostermeyer and Marc Wolfram
Received: 27 November 2015 / Revised: 16 February 2016 / Accepted: 19 February 2016 / Published: 1 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Towards True Smart and Green Cities?)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [4810 KB, uploaded 1 March 2016]   |  

Abstract

Public transport plays a critical role in the sustainability of urban settings. The mass mobility and quality of urban lives can be improved by establishing public transport networks that are accessible to pedestrians within a reasonable walking distance. Accessibility to public transport is characterized by the ease with which inhabitants can reach means of transportation such as buses or metros. By measuring the degree of accessibility to public transport networks using a common data format, a comparative study can be conducted between different cities or metropolitan areas with different public transit systems. The General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) by Google Developers allows this by offering a common format based on text files and sharing the data set voluntarily produced and contributed by the public transit agencies of many participating cities around the world. This paper suggests a method to assess and compare public transit accessibility in different urban areas using the GTFS feed and demographic data. To demonstrate the value of the new method, six examples of metropolitan areas and their public transit accessibility are presented and compared. View Full-Text
Keywords: accessibility; public transport; general transit feed specification; comparable measures; geographic information system accessibility; public transport; general transit feed specification; comparable measures; geographic information system
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

Bok, J.; Kwon, Y. Comparable Measures of Accessibility to Public Transport Using the General Transit Feed Specification. Sustainability 2016, 8, 224.

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