Changes in a user’s mobility behavior are driven by improved accessibility to urban functions and the quality of transport services. Traditional planning has been driven by infrastructure and the real factors affecting user choices have been neglected – partly because there has not been a reliable way to simulate these factors, or to calculate their impact. Furthermore there has been no way to create illustrative and easy-to-understand presentations of these changes.
Accessibility is the key, which links transport systems and land use. People want to move quickly between home, work, schools, shops and recreational services (movies, restaurants, etc.). Accessibility combines the effect of distance, the number of available travel modes and the volume of alternative locations. For most users time-distance is usually more important than physical distance. From the point of view of the transport system accessibility is affected by the availability of transport modes and the quality factors of each mode. Transport quality factors relate to both accessibility and mode specific factors. Accessibility related quality factors are, for example, travel times, routes and timetables. Other factors like safety, cost of travel, real time information, comfort and ease of travel are mode specific quality factors. Individual user preferences are unique and the actual choices are based on both accessibility related factors and mode specific quality factors.
Traditional planning has emphasized existing demand and mode specific quality factors. As a result of this, planners have focused on the technical details of infrastructure. The gap between user needs and planning practices is widely recognized but so far there has been no reliable way to take both into account at the same time. There is also an increasing need to communicate the relationship of user needs, planning solutions and behavior changes to decision makers.
Brutus provides a sophisticated planning approach to bridging the gap between user and planner and creating easily understandable results for decision makers.
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