Residential preference and choice of movers in light rail neighborhoods in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Abstract

Light rail transit (LRT) has advocated for ridership growth, but not all residents move to LRT corridors because of transit. This study explores motivations of people moving to the Hiawatha LRT corridor in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota, metropolitan area and how their preferences factor into location choice. Few differences in residential preferences, except for transit preferences, are found between people moving to the Hiawatha and urban control corridors. Transportationdisadvantaged people and people who prefer transit are more likely to live in a location that is mismatched with their preferences for transit characteristics. Good transit service and job accessibility are important for urban and suburban residents, but affordability and safety dominate location choice. These findings highlight the importance of neighborhood design in addition to rail transit investment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalTransportation Research Record
Volume2494
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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