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The use of spatial separation in the measurement of transportation accessibility

  • 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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    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. J W Weibull, 1980. "On the numerical measurement of accessibility," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 12(1), pages 53-67, January.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
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