The association between light rail transit and satisfactions with travel and life: Evidence from Twin Cities

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Abstract

Rail transit has been touted as a way to enhance livability, quality of life or satisfaction with life (SWL). However, the connections between transit and SWL are mainly conceptual, and little empirical evidence is available in the literature. Using the Hiawatha line in Minneapolis as a case, this study develops structural equations models on a 2011 dataset to explore the impacts of light rail transit (LRT) on SWL. We corroborate that the Hiawatha LRT positively influences SWL through enhanced access to different activities, and through improved transit service, enhanced accessibility, and their impacts on satisfaction with travel. The size of the impacts is marginal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)921-933
Number of pages13
JournalTransportation
Volume40
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2013

Keywords

  • Land use
  • Light rail transit
  • Quality of life
  • Subjective well-being
  • Sustainability
  • Travel

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