Multimodal Urban Mobility Accessibility Indices

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For the American Public Transportation Association (APTA,) EDR Group is currently assessing the usefulness of various accessibility and system performance metrics to reflect the role of public transit, as well as cars, biking and walking as parts of urban transportation systems. This work is examining the potential for mobility and accessibility indicators that reflect differing travel modes, urban/suburban areas, trip purposes and times. The study is also examining characteristics and the range of available data sources. Urban accessibility metrics are being reviewed in terms of how they can reflect the ease of traveling and reaching destinations of interest. Accessibility metrics ae also being tested in various metropolitan areas to assess how well they can reflect sensitivity to various travel environments.

 This current work follows from earlier work that EDR Group conducted for APTA, that examined how rail  and bus transit access and highway access all combine to affect the labor market for emerging business clusters and growing metro areas. This new work also adds TNC and active transportation modes, as well as broader trip purposes and broader city/metro indicators.

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