Transport accessibility and education equity: An empirical study on travel behavior of university students in Shanghai

Authors: Rui Guo*, East China Normal University, Bindong Sun, East China Normal University
Topics: Transportation Geography, China
Keywords: inequality, accessibility, travel frequency, transit, university campus, Shanghai
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Estherwood, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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Since 2000, many Chinese universities have established new campuses in far-flung suburban areas, where transit and service facilities are very limited. How to meet the travel needs of students on these campuses has become an important issue. Based on the survey data of 1703 students on 37 campuses in Shanghai in 2017, this study examines the impact of transport accessibility on the frequency of their travel, particularly for internship and study-related trips, which are critical for the education of students. Results show that the low transport accessibility of these campuses has significantly negative effects on the frequency of total trips, internship trips and study-related trips of university students. Thus, the education inequity issue arises. To improve the transport accessibility of university students, the new campuses should not be deployed in the areas far away from the central city in future, or student-oriented transit and service facilities should be provided around new campuses.

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