An Accessibility Investigation of the Gold Coast Light Rail System

Van Bael, Tammee (2017) An Accessibility Investigation of the Gold Coast Light Rail System. [USQ Project]

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Increasingly in Australia there is a need for transport planners and policy makers to consider public transport accessibility to promote a physical shift from private motor vehicle reliance to more sustainable modes such as public transport and active transport. This shift is needed due to increasing problems associated with private motor vehicle use such as traffic congestion, rising greenhouse gas emissions, and decreased levels of physical fitness. With the implementation of the Gold Coast light rail, in operation since July 2014, an opportunity to undertake an investigation into the accessibility of stage one of this system exists. As such the aim of this research is to investigate the accessibility of the Gold Coast light rail system.

The methods used for this mixed methods research was an accessibility framework that was used to assess several key elements identified as important to physical accessibility. The social accessibility determined the travel cost and travel time using a mathematical formula. The integrated transport accessibility method was assessing the Gold Coast light rail with its integration with several other transport modes.

The research revealed that the physical accessibility of the Gold Coast light rail is currently high accessibility. However, improvements could be made to the bicycle facilities at the stations, on board and surrounding the station. The social accessibility revealed the potential affordability of the Gold Coast light rail. It was found that residents near a station it is not as affordable compared with the wider Gold Coast area. The integrated transport accessibility identified that the current system is accessible, however further improvements will increase this accessibility.

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Additional Information: Bachelor of Spatial Science (Honours) (Urban and Regional Planning)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Basson, Marita; Grosvenor, Michael
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2022 04:52
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 05:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: light rail; accessibility; public transport

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