Socioeconomic Characteristics, Land Use and Travel Patterns of the Municipality of Beijing, China

by Gladys D. M. Frame, Independent Consultant Traffic Eng., 106 Spottiswoode Street, Edinburgh EH9 1BY, United Kingdom,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Urban Public Transportation Systems: Implementing Efficient Urban Transit Systems and Enhancing Transit Usage


The Beijing authorities have tackled the inherited problems of access and mobility, and have aimed to cater for increased transport demands and higher expectations of level of service by residents, by an extensive road building program focusing on Ring Roads and widening of existing roads. However, there was a need to develop an integrated and coordinated package of policies with traffic management and public transport at its heart and focusing on how a balance can be achieved between conserving the old and catering for the new. This paper discusses the key historical factors affecting the development of the public transport network.

Subject Headings: Social factors | Economic factors | Land use | Travel patterns | Travel demand | Local government | Public transportation | Transportation networks | China | Asia | Beijing

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