Toward accessibility-based transportation planning

In this research, I address a major conceptual obstacle to accessibility-based planning: research and planning practice frequently treat accessibility’s benefits as equivalent to the travel-cost savings (TCS) realizable at a location. I argue that accessibility improvements can result in not only TCS but also destination utility gains, which means the individual satisfaction from interacting with or choosing desirable destinations.

Key words: accessibility, travel cost, public transit, resilience location choice

Yan, X. (2021). Toward accessibility-based planning: Addressing the myth of travel-cost savings. [Download Preprint]. Journal of the American Planning Association, 87 (3), 409-423.