The impact of light-rail development on quality of life in a low-density built environment – the case study of Canberra, Australia

Hitomi NAKANISHI, Kazuki Nakamura, Masanobu Kii

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Abstract

The shift to sustainable travel modes is a great challenge in a low-density built environment because a high preference for suburban living leads to excessive reliance on car travel. In general, higher quality of life (QoL) can be expected from clean and efficient public transport development and integrated spatial development accessible to it. However, development of public transport in a low-density environment needs to be of high quality and large-scale in order to encourage car-reliant local residents to shift to public transport. This paper aims to investigate how a light-rail scheme would influence QoL in a low-density city,
Canberra, Australia. It evaluates the social benefits of QoL improvement from the ongoing light-rail project - a 12km single route from the city centre to the north side. It also examines the potential extension of the light rail to the area that has offices, event facilities and the airport to achieve the most sustainable outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSelected papers presented at the 14th World Conference of Transport Research
Pages1-14
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event14th World Conference on Transport Research - Tongji University, Shanghai, China
Duration: 10 Jul 201615 Jul 2016

Conference

Conference14th World Conference on Transport Research
CountryChina
CityShanghai
Period10/07/1615/07/16

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