Measuring Accessibility: Guidance for Practitioners

Source: State Smart Transportation Initiative

Transportation agencies and planning organizations often stress the importance of accessibility—connecting people to jobs and services—but formal accessibility analysis has traditionally fallen more upon academic researchers and advanced modelers. Meanwhile, our historical reliance on metrics like traffic speed, transit reliability and sidewalk coverage as proxy measures for accessibility-related outcomes has led to piecemeal implementation and unintended consequences like increased sprawl and rising transportation emissions.

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