Exploring passenger rail markets using new station catchment size and shape metrics
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Spatial Science on 27/7/2018 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com//10.1080/14498596.2018.1492467
This paper presents a novel spatial market segmentation method to determine key user groups of a train station (such as gender, age and access mode), based on the size and shape of the station catchment area of each group. Two new indices–area ratio and composite ratio–are developed to quantify the importance of user groups for a train station. This method is applied to identify key user groups at seven train stations in Perth, Western Australia. The study offers a new way to explore the travel behaviour of train users and provides insights for rail transport planning and marketing.
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