Challenges for Transport and Public Services
NECTAR Series on Transportation and Communications Networks Research
Edited by Karst T. Geurs, Roberto Patuelli and Tomaz Ponce Dentinho
Chapter 7: Influence of the first and last mile on HSR accessibility levels
Good connectivity to the high-speed rail (HSR) network is a crucial added value in urban agglomerations (Garmendia et al. 2011; Guirao and Campa 2014; Ure-a et al. 2009). This applies not only to locations with an HSR station, but also to nearby locations with good access to the HSR network. Extensive research has examined the changes in spatial organization that occur in areas near HSR stations and their surroundings as the land use system seeks to take advantage of the enhanced connectivity to the network (Monz—n et al. 2013b; Ure-a et al. 2009). In other words, good access to the network is a critical factor in obtaining the benefit of HSR services (Brons et al. 2009; Givoni 2006). The connection of the HSR station with local transit is a key factor for attracting new riders (Brons et al. 2009), as it guarantees households accessibility and constitutes the last link in a viable and integrated transportation chain.
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