A Companion to Transport, Space and Equity
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A Companion to Transport, Space and Equity

Edited by Robin Hickman, Beatriz Mella Lira, Moshe Givoni and Karst Geurs

With social inequity in urban spaces becoming an increasing concern in our modern world, The Elgar Companion to Transport, Space and Equity explores the relationships between transport and social equity. Transport systems and infrastructure investment can lead to inequitable travel behaviours, with certain socio-demographic groups using particular parts of the transport system and accessing particular activities and opportunities.
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Chapter 3: Reducing social spatial inequity with public transport in Melbourne, Australia

Jan Scheurer and Carey Curtis


Jan Scheurer and Carey Curtis examine socio-spatial equity and transit investment in Melbourne. Following inner-urban gentrification trends over several decades, Australia’s larger cities show a strong pattern for socio-economically disadvantaged groups to reside at the urban fringe, where they are also transport-disadvantaged. Spatial data compares socio-economic disadvantage against indicators of public transport accessibility to illustrate how current public transport investment programs in Melbourne could be modified and expanded to address spatial inequalities. It is argued that a greater geographical reach of high-quality public transport and of opportunities for low-car living must coincide with dedicated housing affordability programs if a reversal of social-spatial disparities is to occur.

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