Estimating walking access area for rail transit station based on discrete choice model Academic Article uri icon


  • 2018, Editorial Department of Journal of Southeast University. All right reserved. The discrete choice model is used to estimate the walking access area of rail transit stations while considering the influence of existing competition from other traffic modes. The acceptable walking access area is determined according to the willingness of passengers to walk who prefer rail transit compared with bus and automobile. Empirical studies were conducted using the survey data of six stations from the rail transit in Nanjing, China. The results indicate that the rail transit is more preferable compared with bus and private automobile in this case when excluding the influence of individual and environmental factors. It is found that passengers tend to underestimate their willingness to walk. The acceptable walking access area of every rail transit station is different from each other. Suburban stations generally have a larger walking access area than downtown stations. In addition, a better walking environment and a scarcer surrounding traffic environment can also lead to a larger walking area. The model was confirmed to be effective and reasonable according to the model validation. This study can be of benefit to the passenger transportation demand estimation in the location planning and evaluation of rail transit stations.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Southeast University (English Edition)

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhang, N., Shi, Z., Zhang, Y., & Zhang, X.

complete list of authors

  • Zhang, N||Shi, Z||Zhang, Y||Zhang, X

publication date

  • January 1, 2018 11:11 AM