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Sustainability 2019, 11(2), 364; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11020364

Analysis of the Wider Economic Impact of a Transport Infrastructure Project Using an Integrated Land Use Transport Model

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National Engineering Research Center for Water Transportation Safety, 1040 Heping Avenue, Wuchang District, Wuhan 430063, China
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Intelligent Transport Systems Research Center, Wuhan University of Technology, 1040 Heping Avenue, Wuchang District, Wuhan 430063, China
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Engineering Research Center for Transportation Safety, Ministry of Education, 1040 Heping Avenue, Wuchang District, Wuhan 430063, China
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College of Air Traffic Management, Civil Aviation University of China, 2898 Jinbei Road, Dongli District, Tianjin 300300, China
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Department of Civil Engineering, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada
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Received: 20 October 2018 / Revised: 31 December 2018 / Accepted: 4 January 2019 / Published: 12 January 2019
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Abstract

Major cities in developing countries are undergoing massive transportation infrastructure construction, which has significant impacts on the land use and economic activities in these cities. Standard Cost–Benefit Analysis (CBA) is applied to quantify the user benefits of transport projects, but does not provide an answer as to who will obtain the benefits and who will lose out and excludes the calculation of Wider Economic Impacts (WEIs) which can sometimes be large and hardly negligible. This paper introduces thoughts and experiences obtained through the design and development of an integrated land use transport model for the assessment of the WEI of a transport infrastructure project. The development and application of such an integrated model for WEI analysis should help decision-makers understand not only the “direct or immediate” impact of transport infrastructure on mobility, but also those “indirect or long-term” impacts on the distribution patterns of economic activities, corresponding land use, and resulting urban structure. View Full-Text
Keywords: wider economic impacts; integrated land use transport model; distributional effect; agglomeration effect; metro line project wider economic impacts; integrated land use transport model; distributional effect; agglomeration effect; metro line project
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Wang, W.; Zhong, M.; Hunt, J.D. Analysis of the Wider Economic Impact of a Transport Infrastructure Project Using an Integrated Land Use Transport Model. Sustainability 2019, 11, 364.

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