A Review of Recent Spatial Accessibility Studies That Benefitted from Advanced Geospatial Information: Multimodal Transportation and Spatiotemporal Disaggregation Academic Article uri icon


  • Spatial accessibility provides significant policy implications, describing the spatial disparity of access and supporting the decision-making process for placing additional infrastructure at adequate locations. Several previous reviews have covered spatial accessibility literature, focusing on empirical findings, distance decay functions, and threshold travel times. However, researchers have underexamined how spatial accessibility studies benefitted from the recently enhanced availability of dynamic variables, such as various travel times via different transportation modes and the finer temporal granularity of geospatial data in these studies. Therefore, in our review, we investigated methodological advancements in place-based accessibility measures and scrutinized two recent trends in spatial accessibility studies: multimodal spatial accessibility and temporal changes in spatial accessibility. Based on the critical review, we propose two research agendas: improving the accuracy of measurements with dynamic variable implementation and furnishing policy implications granted from the enhanced accuracy. These agendas particularly call for the action of geographers on the full implementation of dynamic variables and the strong linkage between accessibility and policymaking.

published proceedings

  • ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information

altmetric score

  • 1.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Park, J., & Goldberg, D. W

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Park, Jinwoo||Goldberg, Daniel W

publication date

  • August 2021