LEDS GP Transport Webinar: How the Built Environment Influences Who Rides on Bus Rapid Transit
What: LEDS GP Transport Webinar: How the Built Environment Influences Who Rides on Bus Rapid Transit
Erik Vergel-Tovar, M.Sc.
Department of City and Regional Planning
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship Recipient
Thu, May 14, 2015 12:30 AM - 1:30 AM EDT
The BRT boom over the past 15 years has been a significant step toward achieving sustainable urban transport, particularly in rapidly growing cities. There’s been recent interest in assessing how the built environment—which includes factors like pedestrian infrastructure and density—affects ridership in different types of BRT corridors. However, little is known about the relationship between the built environment and BRT ridership, since existing studies have generally examined the impact of the built environment on transit ridership within metro and light rail systems. This leaves a serious gap in our understanding, as it’s often assumed that population density alone determines BRT ridership.
New research looks to fill this gap by exploring how the built environment influences BRT ridership at the station level. This webinar shows the results of the research project “Examining the relationship between BRT ridership and the built environment in Latin America” presented at Transforming Transportation 2015. This research suggests that a rich array of built environment factors affect BRT travel behavior. The study tested for associations between BRT ridership and built environment data around 120 BRT stations in seven Latin American cities, and concluded that the built environment plays a significant role explaining BRT ridership. Mixed land use and active transport infrastructure play an important but often overlooked role as well.