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Dutch researchers develop new model for linking transport hubs

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
Scientists from Delft and Eindhoven universities in The Netherlands have formulated an intermodal Super Network Model that could vastly increase the number of users at park-and-ride facilities.
While the traditional model of mapping the best locations for park-and-ride facilities relies on using nodes and the lines between them (i.e., roads or railways) the new model also incorporates connections to various different networks, such as private transport, public transport, walking, or cycling networks.

The model also predicts how an individual will use these networks when going about their daily lives. It takes into account the interdependencies that exist between trips made in one day and demonstrates the logic of co-ordinating spatial planning and mobility policies to react to the needs of transport users.

In reference to planning policy, the study shows that the accessibility of park-and-ride facilities can be increased by locating them in areas with a higher density of people rather than by spacing them at more or less equal distances from one another. This method would mean that park-and-ride facilities are targeted in areas where they are more likely to be used.

For more information, see VerkeersNet (in Dutch).

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