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Developing a web-based accessibility calculator prototype for the Greater Montreal Area

Antonio Páez, Md Moniruzzaman, Pierre-Léo Bourbonnais and Catherine Morency

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A mixture of modes is considered a key element towards sustainable transportation. New technologies that provide information about various modes and environments can help to inform choices regarding travel and accessibility. In this paper we describe the development of a web-based accessibility calculator prototype for the Greater Montreal Area in Canada. The core of this tool is a statistical model of trip length developed using the spatial expansion method. The model is used to obtain estimates of trip length for a desired profile, based on attributes such as age, gender, family structure, and mode of travel, as well as geographical location. These estimates are used to calculate a cumulative opportunities accessibility measure to different types of essential destinations. Travel behavior information is drawn from Montreal's 2008 Household Travel Surveys. Geocoded information about trip origins and destinations is used to calculate trip length. A broad array of covariates related to individual and household attributes, and urban form are used. A geocoded business point database is used for the calculation of cumulative opportunities. To simplify the use of the accessibility calculator, the model is implemented in a user-friendly way using Google Maps API v3 and a convenient interface. Different possible uses of the accessibility calculator are illustrated in the paper. The accessibility calculator can be used by members of the public or planners/policy makers to measure the level of accessibility for a specific address and personal profile by various modes of transportation.

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Accessibility; Travel behavior; Active travel; Internet mapping Greater Montreal Area

Subjects: 1000 Civil engineering > 1003 Transportation engineering
Department: Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/5069/
Journal Title: Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice (vol. 58)
Publisher: Elsevier
DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2013.10.020
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2013.10.020
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2022 14:08
Last Modified: 16 May 2023 18:49
Cite in APA 7: Páez, A., Moniruzzaman, M., Bourbonnais, P.-L., & Morency, C. (2013). Developing a web-based accessibility calculator prototype for the Greater Montreal Area. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 58, 103-115. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2013.10.020


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