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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2017, 6(3), 83; doi:10.3390/ijgi6030083

A GIS-Based Evaluation of the Effectiveness and Spatial Coverage of Public Transport Networks in Tourist Destinations

Department of Geography, Rovira i Virgili University, Vila-seca 43480, Spain
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Received: 20 January 2017 / Revised: 9 March 2017 / Accepted: 12 March 2017 / Published: 15 March 2017
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This article develops a methodology for evaluating the effectiveness and spatial coverage of public transport in tourist cities. The proposed methodology is applied and validated in Cambrils municipality, in the central part of the Costa Daurada in Catalonia, a coastal destination characterised by the concentration of tourism flows during summer. The application of GIS spatial analysis tools allows for the development of a system of territorial indicators that spatially correlate the public transport network and the distribution of the population. The main novelty of our work is that this analysis not only includes the registered resident population, but also incorporates the population that temporarily inhabits the municipality (tourists). The results of the study firstly permit the detection of unequal spatial accessibility and coverage in terms of public transport in the municipality, with significant differences between central neighbourhoods and peripheral urban areas of lower population density. Secondly, they allow observation of how the degree of public transport coverage differs significantly in areas with a higher concentration of tourist accommodation establishments. View Full-Text
Keywords: public transport; spatial coverage; tourism; seasonality; geographic information systems public transport; spatial coverage; tourism; seasonality; geographic information systems
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Domènech, A.; Gutiérrez, A. A GIS-Based Evaluation of the Effectiveness and Spatial Coverage of Public Transport Networks in Tourist Destinations. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2017, 6, 83.

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