Effects of BART on Urban Development

by Michael V. Dyett, Partner; John Blayney Assoc., Urban & Regional Planners, San Francisco, Calif.,
Emilio Escudero, Asst. Project Mgr.; BART Impact Program, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Berkeley, Calif.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 3, Pg. 239-251

Document Type: Journal Paper


The research objectives of the BART Impact Program Land Use and Urban Development Project are summarized, and the results of studies of BART's accessibility impacts and their importance in explaining: (1)Regional shifts in employment and population; and (2)BART's effects on the office construction and housing industries are presented. A preliminary analysis of regional trends since 1950 indicates that BART has not measurably affected population and employment growth within the corridors it serves. Changes in the office construction and housing industries within the three-county BART service area are covered, and BART's role in timing and location decisions is analyzed. Topics yet to be addressed in the research project are highlighted and the implications of these preliminary findings are described.

Subject Headings: Rapid transit systems | Urban development | Employment | Population projection | Residential construction | Housing | Land use | Regional analysis

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