Optimising transit networks by moving government workers: the transit impacts of employment decentralization in Brisbane

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Title Optimising transit networks by moving government workers: the transit impacts of employment decentralization in Brisbane
Author Burke, Matthew Ian; Li, Terry
Publication Title Proceedings of the Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies, Vol.8, 2011
Editor Hitoshi Ieda
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Tokyo, Japan
Publisher Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies
Abstract Australia’s office employment is centralized in its major cities. Government decentralization policies in Perth and Brisbane seek to move 20 per cent of each city’s state public servants out of their central business districts within ten years. A modeling framework is developed to appraise the likely transit system impacts in Brisbane. Two idealized, hypothetical scenarios are advanced to compare city futures in 2031. One scenario mostly moves workers to middle-suburbia on Brisbane’s busways. The other mostly moves jobs to outer-suburban commuter rail nodes. These scenarios are both compared to a base case of continued employment centralization. The results suggest both decentralized models provide contra-flow benefits, improved fare-box recovery, and reduced on-board congestion. But decentralization to outer-suburban rail nodes offers disadvantages by raising total car travel. The implications for planning include the need for strong land use policy to direct decentralization strictly to activity centers to achieve benefits for transit systems.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.easts.info/events/conference/easts2011/conf_rep_2011.htm
Conference name 9th International Conference of the East Asian Society for Transportation Studies (EASTS)
Location Jeju, Korea
Date From 2011-06-20
Date To 2011-06-23
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/46567
Date Accessioned 2012-01-18; 2012-08-27T11:51:46Z
Research Centre Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Transport Planning; Urban Analysis and Development
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1d

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