Latent demand for transit: the case of Canberra's proposed LRT

Cameron Gordon

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Abstract

Canberra, the capital of Australia, is a city with two modes of mechanized passenger travel: traditional bus and automobile. While Canberra is the capital of the country, it is a relatively small city, with a current population of approximately 340,000 which is relatively spread out with a low overall average population density. Recently the local government (the government of the Australian Capital Territory) submitted a bid to the Australian federal government to fund a light rail system for the city. This paper examines the issues surrounding serving low and medium density communities with structural transit alternatives such as light rail (LRT) and bus rapid transit (BRT), using Canberra as a case study. The study sets the scene by qualitatively and quantitatively characterizing the socioeconomic and demographic profile of Canberra, focusing on centers of population and economic density; reviews the literature on LRT for low-to-medium density areas; examines the extent of "latent demand" for transit in what is currently an auto-dominated travel environment; and concludes by analyzing whether such latent demand justifies structural transit in Canberra and what such transit would look like if it is to be financially, operationally and environmentally sustainable
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLatent demand for transit: the case of Canberra's proposed LRT
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherBureau of Transport and Regional Economics
Pages1-14
Number of pages14
Volume89
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event33rd Annual Australasian Transport Research Forum - Canberra, Canberra, Australia
Duration: 29 Sep 20101 Oct 2010

Publication series

NameAustralian Transport and Research Forum
PublisherBureau of Transport and Regional Economics
ISSN (Print)0738-6826

Conference

Conference33rd Annual Australasian Transport Research Forum
CountryAustralia
CityCanberra
Period29/09/101/10/10

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    Gordon, C. (2010). Latent demand for transit: the case of Canberra's proposed LRT. In Latent demand for transit: the case of Canberra's proposed LRT (Vol. 89, pp. 1-14). (Australian Transport and Research Forum). Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics. http://www.atrf.info/papers/2010/2010_Gordon.pdf