Public transport integration

Authored by: Lucy Budd , Stephen Ison

The Routledge Handbook of Public Transport

Print publication date:  May  2021
Online publication date:  May  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367418724
eBook ISBN: 9780367816698
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Transport integration involves co-locating different modes of public and private transport (including road, rail, air, maritime, and active transport infrastructure and vehicles) at dedicated and distributed interchanges to create accessible, affordable, reliable, sustainable, convenient, comfortable, safe, and seamless journeys for passengers. The provision of attractive, convenient, and safe interchanges not only influences human travel behaviour but can also have a positive effect on the public realm and built environment by making transport hubs attractive places in which to meet, eat, conduct business, and invest. Depending on their location, capacity, and design features, transport interchanges can facilitate multi-modal journeys and provide temporally efficient connections to a wide number of spatially dispersed destinations. Using UK examples of multi-modal transport hubs (which, depending on their geographic location, may combine aircraft, trains, trams, metros, buses, coaches, bicycles, private cars, rickshaws, carts, taxis, and river boats), this chapter examines the concept of integration from the perspectives of planners, passengers, and service providers. Vignettes relating to urban transport integration and airport ground access are provided by way of illustration.

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