Title: The use of Open Data for estimating rail accessibility in Europe
Authors: VANNACCI LORENZOTARTAGLIA MarioNAVAJAS CAWOOD ElenaROTOLI FRANCESCO
Citation: INGEGNERIA FERROVIARIA vol. LXX no. 7-8 p. 611-634
Publisher: COLLEGIO INGEGNERI FERROVIARI ITALIANI
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC91381
ISSN: 0020-0956
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC91381
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Accessibility is a greatly significant concept for evaluating spatial interactions and transport systems attractiveness. The ability to accurately measure accessibility is becoming more and more crucial for setting up policies aimed to increase the competitiveness of a transport system by fostering resource efficient modes such as rail. Nevertheless, several rail accessibility studies consider only static variables, such as distance, average speed and travel time, neglecting the temporal components of the considered variables. These limitations are often due to the lack of detailed data. In order to overcome the mentioned weaknesses, this paper presents a comprehensive methodology aimed to evaluate passenger rail accessibility using open data from both time-based GTFS sources and Eurostat geographical layers. Based on passenger train timetable, a set of accessibility indicators are built for allowing a comprehensive analysis of railway connections. The analysis is performed taking into account the Eurostat Local Administrative Units (LAU level 2, municipalities or equivalent units) and the main urban centers definition based on the concept of Greater City established by EC DG REGIO and OECD. The developed methodology is then applied to three European countries (Netherlands, Great Britain and France) where GTFS data are currently available.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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