Presentation Title

Maximizing Mobility: Transportation Efficiency And Infrastructure Development In The Urban Boundary Rural Area Of Vancouver, Canada

Format of Presentation

Poster to be presented the Friday of the conference

Abstract

With increasing development in the rural-urban fringe and a growing number of people residing in these areas, efficient transportation infrastructure is a necessary factor in maintaining a functional landscape and a high quality of life for both rural residents and exurbanites. Typically, a reliance on personal vehicles is more prominent as distance increases from the urban landscape to the rural landscape, especially in large metropolitan areas. Many large cities, such as Beijing and Dallas, have already built extensive public transit networks that cover a wide geographical range. The principal objective of this research is to determine how the development of existing train systems from major metropolitan areas into the rural-urban fringe can reduce issues of congestion, pollution, public health, accessibility, and environmental degradation. Methods include a combination of literature review, statistical analysis, and case study review. It was found that strategies to implement efficient modes of transportation in the rural-urban fringe are multidimensional, meaning they have social, environmental, and economic components requiring consideration. The principal conclusion is that cities such as Vancouver have the opportunity to use existing models to develop infrastructure and provide reliable transportation to, from, and within their rural-urban fringe.

Department

Geography and Environmental Studies

Faculty Advisor

Tom Waldichuk

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Maximizing Mobility: Transportation Efficiency And Infrastructure Development In The Urban Boundary Rural Area Of Vancouver, Canada

With increasing development in the rural-urban fringe and a growing number of people residing in these areas, efficient transportation infrastructure is a necessary factor in maintaining a functional landscape and a high quality of life for both rural residents and exurbanites. Typically, a reliance on personal vehicles is more prominent as distance increases from the urban landscape to the rural landscape, especially in large metropolitan areas. Many large cities, such as Beijing and Dallas, have already built extensive public transit networks that cover a wide geographical range. The principal objective of this research is to determine how the development of existing train systems from major metropolitan areas into the rural-urban fringe can reduce issues of congestion, pollution, public health, accessibility, and environmental degradation. Methods include a combination of literature review, statistical analysis, and case study review. It was found that strategies to implement efficient modes of transportation in the rural-urban fringe are multidimensional, meaning they have social, environmental, and economic components requiring consideration. The principal conclusion is that cities such as Vancouver have the opportunity to use existing models to develop infrastructure and provide reliable transportation to, from, and within their rural-urban fringe.