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Sustainability Implications of Mass Rapid Transit on the Built Environment and Human Travel Behavior in Suburban Neighborhoods: The Beijing Case

Abstract The sustainability impacts of the extension of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system in suburban Beijing are explored. The research focuses on the neighborhood level, assessing sustainability impacts in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and energy consumption. By emphasizing suburban neighborhoods, the research targets the longest commuting trips, which have the most potential to generate significant sustainability benefits. The methodology triangulates analyses of urban and transportation plans, secondary data, time series spatial imagery, household surveys, and field observation. Three suburban neighborhoods were selected as case studies. Findings include the fact that MRT access stimulates residential development significan... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Xie, Liou (Author) / Webster, Douglas (Advisor) / Cai, Jianming (Committee member) / Pijawka, David (Committee member) / Guhathakurta, Subhrajit (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Sustainability / Mass Rapid Transit / Sustainability Assessment / the Built Environment / Travel Behavior
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 305 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Sustainability 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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