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Sustainability 2014, 6(4), 1821-1832;

Transit Traffic Analysis Zone Delineating Method Based on Thiessen Polygon

College of Metropolitan Transportation, Beijing University of Technology, No.100 Pingleyuan, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100124, China
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Received: 17 February 2014 / Revised: 25 March 2014 / Accepted: 26 March 2014 / Published: 9 April 2014
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
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A green transportation system composed of transit, busses and bicycles could be a significant in alleviating traffic congestion. However, the inaccuracy of current transit ridership forecasting methods is imposing a negative impact on the development of urban transit systems. Traffic Analysis Zone (TAZ) delineating is a fundamental and essential step in ridership forecasting, existing delineating method in four-step models have some problems in reflecting the travel characteristics of urban transit. This paper aims to come up with a Transit Traffic Analysis Zone delineation method as supplement of traditional TAZs in transit service analysis. The deficiencies of current TAZ delineating methods were analyzed, and the requirements of Transit Traffic Analysis Zone (TTAZ) were summarized. Considering these requirements, Thiessen Polygon was introduced into TTAZ delineating. In order to validate its feasibility, Beijing was then taken as an example to delineate TTAZs, followed by a spatial analysis of office buildings within a TTAZ and transit station departure passengers. Analysis result shows that the TTAZs based on Thiessen polygon could reflect the transit travel characteristic and is of in-depth research value. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban transit; ridership forecasting; traffic analysis zone; thiessen polygon urban transit; ridership forecasting; traffic analysis zone; thiessen polygon

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Wang, S.; Sun, L.; Rong, J.; Yang, Z. Transit Traffic Analysis Zone Delineating Method Based on Thiessen Polygon. Sustainability 2014, 6, 1821-1832.

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