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Contribution of the Metro de Bogota to the city's accessibility

Busschers, R.E. (2017) Contribution of the Metro de Bogota to the city's accessibility.

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Abstract:In Bogotá, Colombia’s largest city and capital, a new metro will be build. El Metro de Bogotá. This project that will cost several hundreds of million US dollars, is expected to be ready in 2022. Right now, the city and its more than seven million inhabitants have to rely on BRT and conventional buses as their only source of motorized public transport. A metro may be a very big step forward, albeit, there are certain phenomena that raise suspicion whether or not the benefits of the metro will be distributed equally among the socio-economic classes. In this research, a multimodal GIS analysis has been performed to analyze the effects on travel times and generalized travel costs. This was done by building an ArcGIS model with the most important public transport modes and non-motorized transport. Then the metro was added into this model and a before and after analysis was done. With this data, three different measures of accessibility have been performed. Although results vary with the different measures, in general, the lowest socio-economic classes seem to profit the least from the metro on average. However, a slightly higher class, which still can be seen as poor, does show a large increase. Then, an equity assessment done. A solid conclusion on the equitability of the metro proved to be difficult nonetheless, because a feasible quantitative measure of equity was not available.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:56 civil engineering
Programme:Civil Engineering BSc (56952)
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