Population and Economic Data in Transit Analysis

by Katrin Parker-Simon, Research Asst.; State Univ. of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.,
Robert E. Paaswell, (M.ASCE), Chmn. and Prof.; Dept. of Environmental Design and Planning, State Univ. of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y. and Dir., State University of New York Center for Transportation Studies and Research, Buffalo, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Urban Planning and Development Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 1, Pg. 43-58

Document Type: Journal Paper


An investigation is made on the nature of impacts of public investment in a Light Rail Rapid Transit System in Buffalo, New York. In particular, the impact of the public investment is measured against population and employment declines that have occurred in the region in the last ten years. By assuming that the investment in rail is justified by more than the usual travel measures, associated redevelopment trends in the CBD, the focus of the transit development, are noted. While regional employment declines, service-oriented employment increases. This increase coupled with an increase in the number of women in the labor force, and increases in household income make private investment in the CBD more attractive. New construction, related to these trends (offices, hotels, retail space) has begun, reinforcing the transit decision.

Subject Headings: Investments | Population projection | Economic factors | Rapid transit systems | Light (artificial) | Light rail transit | Coupling | Women | New York | United States

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