, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 3–16 | Cite as

The impact of rail transit on land use: Evidence and a change of perspective

  • Robert L. Knight


On the basis of available evidence we cannot clearly establish a causal relationship between rail transit and changes in land use and development patterns. At best, such changes would seem to occur only in the presence of other favorable factors, such as supportive local land use policies and development incentives, availability of developable land and a good investment climate. In any event, however, determining the precise extent of rail investment's effect on urban structure is less important than assessing the role it could play in an overall strategy for reaching larger urban goals.


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  1. Knight, R. L. and Trigg, L. L. (1977). “Land Use Impacts of Rapid Transit: Implications of Recent Experience.” DOT-TPI-10-77-29 (Final Report) and DOT-TPI-10-77-31 (Executive Summary), Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, August.Google Scholar

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© Elsevier Scientific Publishing Company 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert L. Knight
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  1. 1.Sage Management ConsultantsSan FranciscoU.S.A.

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