Alignment analysis of urban railways based on passenger travel demand

Jonas Lohmann Elkjær Andersen, Alex Landex

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    Abstract

    Planning of urban railways like Metro and especially Light Rail Transit often result in multiple alignment alternatives from where it can be difficult to select the best one. Travel demand is a good foundation for evaluating a railway alignment for its ability to attract passengers. Therefore, this article presents a computerised GIS based methodology that can be used as decision support for selecting the best alignment. The methodology calculates travel potential within defined buffers surrounding the alignment. The methodology has three different approaches depending on the desired level of detail: the simple but straight-forward to implement line potential approach that perform corridor analysis, the detailed catchment area analysis based on stops on the alignment and the refined service area analysis that uses search distances in street networks. All three approaches produce trustworthy results and can be applied as decision support in different stages of the urban railway alignment planning.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationComputers in railways XII : Computer System Design and Operation in Railways and other Transit Systems
    PublisherWIT Press
    Publication date2010
    Pages337-348
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    Event12th International Conference on Computer System Design and Operation in the Railway and other Transit Systems - Beijing, China
    Duration: 31 Aug 20102 Sep 2010
    Conference number: 12
    http://www.wessex.ac.uk/10-conferences/comprail-2010.html

    Conference

    Conference12th International Conference on Computer System Design and Operation in the Railway and other Transit Systems
    Number12
    CountryChina
    CityBeijing
    Period31/08/201002/09/2010
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    Keywords

    • Catchment area
    • Travel demand
    • Travel potential
    • Public transport
    • Metro
    • Planning
    • Alignment
    • Urban railways
    • Service area
    • GIS
    • Light rail transit

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    Andersen, J. L. E., & Landex, A. (2010). Alignment analysis of urban railways based on passenger travel demand. In Computers in railways XII: Computer System Design and Operation in Railways and other Transit Systems (pp. 337-348). WIT Press.