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Article: Are there useful yardsticks of population size and income level for building metro systems? Some worldwide evidence

TitleAre there useful yardsticks of population size and income level for building metro systems? Some worldwide evidence
Authors
KeywordsCross-country analysis
Income benchmarks
Metro systems
Population benchmarks
Urban expansion
Issue Date2010
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/cities
Citation
Cities, 2010, v. 27 n. 5, p. 299-306 How to Cite?
AbstractAlthough metro systems have been recognized as a sustainable transport mode, they are financially risky investment projects in light of the high capital and operating costs. This paper attempts to examine the socio-economic yardsticks commonly used for evaluating the readiness of cities in building metros, and to analyze how these socio-economic indicators changed before and after their construction. Specifically, the socio-economic indicators are population size and income level. Data of 60 metro lines in 21 cities on different continents were pooled for the analysis. The results suggest that the commonly-adopted population yardstick is still generally applicable but the income yardstick needs to be changed. After analyzing the population and income changes for the 10-year periods before and after the opening of the metro lines, it was found that the building of metros was usually preceded by a period of sustained high population and income growth. However, the rates of population and income growth would tend to decrease after the completion of the metros. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/127576
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.051
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.422
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dc.contributor.authorCheng, AHTen_HK
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dc.date.issued2010en_HK
dc.identifier.citationCities, 2010, v. 27 n. 5, p. 299-306en_HK
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dc.description.abstractAlthough metro systems have been recognized as a sustainable transport mode, they are financially risky investment projects in light of the high capital and operating costs. This paper attempts to examine the socio-economic yardsticks commonly used for evaluating the readiness of cities in building metros, and to analyze how these socio-economic indicators changed before and after their construction. Specifically, the socio-economic indicators are population size and income level. Data of 60 metro lines in 21 cities on different continents were pooled for the analysis. The results suggest that the commonly-adopted population yardstick is still generally applicable but the income yardstick needs to be changed. After analyzing the population and income changes for the 10-year periods before and after the opening of the metro lines, it was found that the building of metros was usually preceded by a period of sustained high population and income growth. However, the rates of population and income growth would tend to decrease after the completion of the metros. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/citiesen_HK
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dc.subjectCross-country analysisen_HK
dc.subjectIncome benchmarksen_HK
dc.subjectMetro systemsen_HK
dc.subjectPopulation benchmarksen_HK
dc.subjectUrban expansionen_HK
dc.titleAre there useful yardsticks of population size and income level for building metro systems? Some worldwide evidenceen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.cities.2010.02.003en_HK
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