Land-Use and Transport Accessibility Tool
Accessibility analysis has not always been feasible, but the growing availability of standardized data and computing resources, a transport project’s benefits to the residents of, say, a low-income neighborhood can be assessed with a metric more meaningful than a projection of reduced congestion or transit ridership. An accessibility analysis can show that improving multimodal options may yield far greater benefits than a focus on infrastructure or travel times. Indeed, the accessibilitybased indicator has already been applied in numerous cities to calculate citywide accessibility of employment opportunities, schools, hospitals, retail centers, etc. The calculations have revealed are as that, for example, are densely populated yet have poor accessibility to one or many types of service. Similarly, the analysis can identify are as that have good accessibility but have a low population density and thus have potential for greater development.
Diego Canales works at WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, working on identifying trends related to the future of mobility services and disruptive market services in urban settings, as well as supporting the development of urban planning and mobility tools, data products and coordination under the Research Tools & Economics practice area. Previously Diego was an Urban Transport Specialist at the World Bank, overseeing several of the new urban mobility initiatives for Mexico and Brazil. Diego's work stands at the intersection of intelligent transport systems with open transport data and open source technologies; transport demand management strategies; integrated transport land-use planning, and non-motorized initiatives.
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