Geografie 2010, 115, 393-412

Walking to a transport stop and its influence on commuting

Igor Ivan

Vysoká škola báňská, Technická univerzita Ostrava, Institut geoinformatiky, 17. listopadu 15, 708 33 Ostrava – Poruba, Czechia

Received November 2009
Accepted September 2010

The portion of people using individual transport is continuously on the rise in Czechia; however, public transport remains a very important mode of commuting. Public transport use is constrained by different factors, including the accessibility of transport networks. The situation concerning the accessibility of public transport stops has been studied in three selected NUTS3 units – the Ústí, Vysočina and Moravian-Silesian Regions. The testing of accessibility is based on the selection of five employers in each district (95 employers altogether) as commuting destinations, public transport simulations (using existing connections) from all buildings in the region and the evaluation of obtained commuting time. The virtual commuter may select one of the five closest stops to his/her residence and similarly select a favourite stop to access the destination. Next, commuting parameters of the different choices are compared. This procedure makes it possible to select the best origin and destination stops. Finally, the degree of a stop’s use is calculated using the order of stops and the amount of walking time to the most useable stop as a share of the time needed for the entire journey.


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