Accessibility and the Pursuit of Happiness

As I have argued elsewhere [Towards A General Theory of Access]: The only reason to locate anywhere is to be near some people, places, and things, be far from others, and possess still others. Since being far from something is really just being near the absence of that thing, and pos-session is just the ability […]

Catchment if you can: The effect of station entrance and exit locations on accessibility

Recently published: Lahoorpoor, Bahman and Levinson, D. (2020) Catchment if you can: The effect of station entrance and exit locations on accessibility. Journal of Transport Geography. 82, 102556 [doi] [full report] [free until 2019-12-25] The success of passenger railway systems depends on their ridership and thus the population they serve. A mechanism to increase ridership is to […]

Transport Accessibility  Manual Working Group

The Committee of the Transport Accessibility Manual will meet at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington DC in January: Transport Accessibility Manual Working Group (SAM20-0007 AP050) Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020  8:00AM  9:45AM (US Eastern Standard Time) We will be discussing the first (preliminary) draft of the document, which will be distributed to mailing […]

Measuring Full Cost Accessibility by Auto

Recently published: Cui, Mengying and Levinson, D. (2019) Measuring Full Cost Accessibility by Auto. Journal of Transport and Land Use. 12(1) 649-672. [doi] Traditionally accessibility has been analyzed from the perspective of the mean or expected travel time, which fails to capture the full cost, especially the external cost, of travel. The full cost accessibility (FCA) […]

I only get some satisfaction: Introducing satisfaction into measures of accessibility

Recently published Chaloux, Nick,  Boisjoly, Genevieve,  Grise, Emily, El-Geneidy, Ahmed, and  Levinson,  D. (2019) I only get some satisfaction: Introducing satisfaction into measures of accessibility. Transportation Research part F. [doi] Volume 62, April 2019, Pages 833-843. (First 50 days free download)   Improving accessibility is a goal pursued by many metropolitan regions to address a […]

Recently Published: Accessibility and the journey to work through the lens of equity

Recently published Cui, Boer, Boisjoly,  Genevieve, El-Geneidy, Ahmed, and  Levinson, D. (2019) Accessibility and the journey to work through the lens of equity. Journal of Transport Geography. Volume 74, January 2019, Pages 269-277 [50 days free download] [doi] Inequality in transport provision is an area of growing concern among transport professionals, as it results in low-income individuals […]

Transport Accessibility Manual Working Group

I am pleased to announce that the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting will host the first in-person meeting of the Transport Accessibility Manual Working Group.   Transport Accessibility Manual Working Group Monday 6:00 PM- 7:30 PM Marriott Marquis, Mint (M4) David Levinson, University of Sydney, presiding Sponsored by: Standing Committee on Bus Transit Systems (AP050) […]

Full cost accessibility

Recently published: Cui, Mengying and Levinson, D. (2018) Full cost accessibility. Journal of Transport and Land Use.  11(1) pp. 661-679 [doi] Traditional accessibility evaluation fails to fully capture the travel costs, especially the external costs, of travel. This study develops a full cost accessibility (FCA) framework by combining the internal and external cost components of travel time, […]

Optimum Stop Spacing for Accessibility

Recent working paper: Wu, Hao and Levinson, D. (2018) Optimum Stop Spacing for Accessibility. This paper describes the connection between stop spacing and person-weighted accessibility for a transit route. Population distribution is assumed to be uniform along the line, but at each station, demand drops with distance from the station. The study reveals that neither […]