, Volume 40, Issue 5, pp 921-933

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The association between light rail transit and satisfactions with travel and life: evidence from Twin Cities

  • Jason CaoAffiliated withHumphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota Email author 

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Rail transit has been touted as a way to enhance livability, quality of life or satisfaction with life (SWL). However, the connections between transit and SWL are mainly conceptual, and little empirical evidence is available in the literature. Using the Hiawatha line in Minneapolis as a case, this study develops structural equations models on a 2011 dataset to explore the impacts of light rail transit (LRT) on SWL. We corroborate that the Hiawatha LRT positively influences SWL through enhanced access to different activities, and through improved transit service, enhanced accessibility, and their impacts on satisfaction with travel. The size of the impacts is marginal.


Subjective well-being Quality of life Land use Sustainability Travel Light rail transit