Measuring accessibility to jobs for the urban poor in Ahmedabad

M.H.P. Zuidgeest, N. Gupta, M.J.G. Brussel, A. Salzberg, F.H.M. van den Bosch, T. Munshi, M.F.A.M. van Maarseveen

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Transport plays an integral role in the levels of mobility and socio-economic participation in any given society. Yet, traditional urban transport planning has neglected this important role and has limited its focus on the efficiency of the transport network itself, thereby overlooking the more difficult to measure socio-economic implications. This paper reports on the use of accessibility metrics for quantifying the effect of public transport and urban development interventions, such as BRT and social housing projects, in lowering the spatial mismatch between low income residents and their jobs, with examples from a World Bank commissioned project in Ahmedabad, India. In addition, we show how geo-spatial network modelling techniques can be used in measuring levels of accessibility for this purpose. Our findings show that the presented metrics and developed tool can highlight critical investment and policy reform needs for developing cities in India and beyond.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th World Conference on Transport Research WCTR 2013, 15-18 July 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event13th World Conference on Transport Research, WCTR 2013 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 15 Jul 201318 Jul 2013
Conference number: 13


Conference13th World Conference on Transport Research, WCTR 2013
Abbreviated titleWCTR
CityRio de Janeiro


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