Exploring Walking Tolerance of Transitway Users

Principal Investigator:

Jason Cao, Assistant Professor , Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Project Summary:

This project is to examine transitway users' walking tolerance related to the last mile and park and ride (P&R) facilities. To park or to develop is always a key question for station area planning. P&R is a primary means for transit users to access stations. Development around station areas enables residents to access the system without driving and allows passengers to access the activities along a transitway corridor. Planners in the Twin Cities are interested in a hybrid option: Siting P&R facilities at the periphery of development around transitway stations. However, the literature offers little evidence on how far a P&R lot can be located from transitways while maximizing ridership and revenue - the tolerance distance P&R users are willing to walk to stations. No studies have explored how the tolerance varies by the type of transitways, the location of P&R lots, and the design of walking paths between P&R lots and transit stations. Once transit users reach their destination stops, they need to walk to their final destinations. How many feet they are willing to walk remains an open question in the Twin Cities. Furthermore, we are uncertain whether walking tolerances for transitways differ from express services. If there is a difference, planners should not simply apply the rules for express services to transitway programs.

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Project Details:

  • Start date: 04/2015
  • Project Status: Completed
  • Research Area: Planning and Economy
  • Topics: Pedestrian, Transit