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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/19000

Title: Investigation of the Relationship between Transit Network Structure and the Network Effect - The Toronto & Melbourne Experience
Authors: Woo, Karen Frances
Advisor: Shalaby, Amer Saïd
Department: Civil Engineering
Keywords: Public Transit Planning
Transit Network
Issue Date: 17-Feb-2010
Abstract: The main objective of this study was to quantitatively explore the connection between network structure and network effect and its impact on transit usage as seen through the real-world experience of the Toronto and Melbourne transit systems. In this study, the comparison of ridership/capita and mode split data showed that Toronto’s TTC has better performance for the annual data of 1999/2001 and 2006. After systematically investigating travel behaviour, mode choice factors and the various evidence of the network effect, it was found that certain socio-economic, demographic, trip and other design factors in combination with the network effect influence the better transit patronage in Toronto over Melbourne. Overall, this comparative study identified differences that are possible explanatory variables for Toronto’s better transit usage as well as areas where these two cities and their transit systems could learn from one another for both short and long term transit planning and design.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/19000
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