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The use of spatial separation in the measurement of transportation accessibility


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  • Pooler, James A.
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    In a recent article, Allen et al. (1993) [Transpn Res. 27B, 439-449] introduce what they call a new transportation accessibility measure. The present paper raises some questions about the history of the measure and its novelty. It is argued that accessibility indices have a longer history than the authors suggest and that the proposed index of accessibility, being the average distance among a set of locations, is neither new, nor worthy of the claims made for it. In addition, some questions are raised about the associated empirical results.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice.

    Volume (Year): 29 (1995)
    Issue (Month): 6 (November)
    Pages: 421-427

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:transa:v:29:y:1995:i:6:p:421-427

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    1. J W Weibull, 1980. "On the numerical measurement of accessibility," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 12(1), pages 53-67, January.
    2. Allen, W. Bruce & Liu, Dong & Singer, Scott, 1993. "Accesibility measures of U.S. metropolitan areas," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 27(6), pages 439-449, December.
    3. D Martin & H C W L Williams, 1992. "Market-area analysis and accessibility to primary health-care centres," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 24(7), pages 1009-1019, July.
    4. M Chisholm, 1985. "Accessibility and regional development in Britain: some questions arising from data on freight flows," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 17(7), pages 963-980, July.
    5. R W Vickerman, 1974. "Accessibility, attraction, and potential: a review of some concepts and their use in determining mobility," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 6(6), pages 675-691, June.
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    1. Chang, Stephanie E. & Nojima, Nobuoto, 2001. "Measuring post-disaster transportation system performance: the 1995 Kobe earthquake in comparative perspective," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 35(6), pages 475-494, July.
    2. Sweet, Richard John, 1997. "An aggregate measure of travel utility," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 31(5), pages 403-416, October.
    3. Wang, Jiaoe & Jin, Fengjun & Mo, Huihui & Wang, Fahui, 2009. "Spatiotemporal evolution of China's railway network in the 20th century: An accessibility approach," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 43(8), pages 765-778, October.


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