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Title: TRANSPORT MODEL CHOICE AND PLANNING IN SINGAPORE UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES
Authors: CHEN QING MEI JEAN
Keywords: Real Estate
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Wong Khei Mie Grace
2012/2013 RE
Issue Date: 24-Apr-2013
Citation: CHEN QING MEI JEAN (2013-04-24). TRANSPORT MODEL CHOICE AND PLANNING IN SINGAPORE UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The circulation and movement of people in an area is one of the most important aspects of urban planning, since an efficient flow is needed for economic growth and social cohesion. Transportation is not only vital to the effective functioning of university campuses, but also one of the major polluters and consumers of land space and fossil fuels, and hence has to be effectively planned, managed and maintained. It is thus imperative that transport systems should be holistic and ‘SEEstainable’, having not only environmental and economic but also social sustainability elements. Since universities are suitable institutions for the advocacy of change, this report therefore aims to examine the social sustainability of the current planning processes in the three largest universities in Singapore, and evaluate whether users make decisions based on a ‘no choice’ or ‘preferred choice’ basis. The methodology includes an online questionnaire that is targeted at determining user values and behaviour on campuses, and an observation study that assesses the efficiency of the dominant modes of transport on campuses based on satisfaction levels from the questionnaire. Environmentally friendly transport is becoming more popular, and many universities are implementing demand-side policies to restrict private car use. However, the analysis revealed five main points. Firstly, planners may not accurately understand the actual situation at ground level without experiencing it themselves, hence possibly creating a mismatch between design and user needs. Secondly, the effectiveness of a top-down approach to planning may diminish over time since user values are dynamic. Thirdly, it is also evident that transport values and behaviour can be moulded by transport design and spatial layout of transport facilities. Fourthly, there is existing demand for non- motorized transport, which should be capitalized on while it is still there. Lastly, context is important in transportation planning, since policies have to be catered specially for the unique characteristics of each place.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/222039
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