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Access to mass rapid transit in OECD urban areas


As mitigating car traffic in cities has become paramount to abate climate change effects, fostering public transport in cities appears ever-more appealing. A key ingredient in that purpose is easy access to mass rapid transit (MRT) systems. So far, we have however few empirical estimates of the coverage of MRT in urban areas, computed as the share of people living in MRT catchment areas, say for instance within walking distance. In this work, we clarify a universal definition of such a metrics-People Near Transit (PNT)-and present measures of this quantity for 85 urban areas in OECD countries-the largest dataset of such a quantity so far. By suggesting a standardized protocol, we make our dataset sound and expandable to other countries and cities in the world, which grounds our work into solid basis for multiple reuses in transport, environmental or economic studies.
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cea-02942218 , version 1 (17-09-2020)



Vincent Verbavatz, Marc Barthelemy. Access to mass rapid transit in OECD urban areas. Scientific Data , 2020. ⟨cea-02942218⟩
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