Total Points: 20 (late submission: deduction of 2 points per day)
Intended Learning Outcomes 1-3, 9: This assignment aims to measure the student’s ability to identify elements of urban transport systems and examine their causal relationships, analyse transport systems in terms of accessibility, equity, and sustainability, and propose innovative solutions to meet transport users’ needs.
Length: 800-word limit
The Suburban Rail Loop is a new 90-kilometre rail line that will connect Melbourne’s metropolitan train lines from the Frankston Line in the east to the Werribee Line in the west (Figure 1). Currently, Melbourne has a radial rail network that connects suburban areas to the CBD. If passengers want to go from one suburban area to another, they are required to travel to the CBD area and transfer trains (or transfer to a different mode).
The Suburban Rail Loop aims to improve the connectivity between suburban areas by adding an outer ring to the rail network. This will enable direct travel between some suburban areas and reduce passengers travel time through more efficient routing.
The first stage of the project is the SRL East, from Cheltenham to Box Hill, (Figure 1).
Throughout the semester, you will work with the suburb surrounding one of the four main stations of SRL East. The station that you will work with is defined below based on the last digit of your student ID. The delimitation of the geographic area that you will work can be based on the Suburbs and Localities (SAL 2021) or the 2021 Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) available at the ABS website. The SAL delimitation is equivalent to the boundaries shown in Google maps. You may use any data source do draw information about these areas (e.g.: Google Maps, Open Street Maps, ABS, etc.), but you must clearly state what unit of geographic area and data source(s) you have used.
- Student ID # ending with 0, 1 or 2 = Cheltenham (SAL 20536 & 21185) (SA2208031188 & 208011171)
- Student ID # ending with 3, 4 or 5 = Clayton (SAL 20569 & 21974) (SA2212051567 & 212051568)
- Student ID # ending with 6 or 7 = Glen Waverley (SAL 21013) (SA2 212051321& 212051322)
- Student ID # ending with 8 or 9 = Box Hill (SAL 20314 & 20316) (SA2207031163)
The title of your assignment should contain your name, student ID and station
Question 1: Describe the suburb’s built-environment system (activity system).
a) Divide the suburb area into sub-areas based on their predominant land use(commercial, industrial, residential, open space/parkland, institutional, hospital, mixed,etc). What is the predominant land use in the suburb? (5%)
b) Considering the population density and employment density in your suburb, what fraction of the residents do you expect to work locally? And to travel to other suburbs for work? Discuss. (8%)
c) What is the suburb’s motorisation rate? (5%)
d) What’s the suburbs modal split (modal share) of journeys to work? (5%)
Question 2: Identify all relevant elements and sub-systems of the current suburb’s transport system and draw a hierarchical diagram representing their relationships. (8%)
Question 3: As a local planner, you want to understand what impacts the new rail station will have on the suburb’s local transport system and built environment. Do you expect the SRL line to affect:
a) commute modal split in the suburb, (6%)
b) commute distances (work location choice), (6%)
c) motorisation rates, (6%)
d) the built environment surrounding the station, and (6%)
e) overall land use of the suburb? (6%)
If yes, use multiple cause diagrams to explain each answer. If no, why not? (Make sure your answers are not generic and take into consideration what you found in Question 1).Question 4: One limitation of public transport systems is that they usually fail to provide door-to-door services. In this sense, users are left to find a mode of transport to undertake the first and last leg of their journeys.
a) Using QGIS (or similar tool), map the 10-minute walking, cycling, and car catchments of the proposed SRL station in your suburb. (8%)
b) For each mode considered in (a), identify the proportion of the suburb area that has access to the SRL station. (8%)
c) Analyse the shapes of the drawn isochrones from (a) and discuss how the land use and network design impact the level of access to the station by the different modes. (8%)
Question 5: Define transport equity. Based on your answers to Question 1 and Question 2, discuss the level of transport equity in your suburb and examine whether transport equity will change with the new SRL service. Developing a multiple cause diagram to organise your answer is recommended (15%).
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