Socioeconomic Characteristics, Land Use, and Travel Patterns in Tokyo Metropolitan Area

by Shigeru Morichi, Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, 113-8656 Tokyo, Japan,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


The urban structure of the Tokyo Metropolitan Area (TMA), for practical proposes, can be characterized as monocentric. Hence, the population and economic growth in the metropolitan area generate a corresponding increase in trip volumes from suburb to central Tokyo. Given the sheer size of Tokyo's population, an efficient mass transit system is indispensible to ensure smooth movement of people.

Subject Headings: Urban areas | Social factors | Economic factors | Travel patterns | Public transportation | Land use | Urban and regional development | Japan | Asia

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