Exploring passenger rail markets using new station catchment size and shape metrics

Ting (Grace) Lin, Jianhong (Cecilia) Xia, Mark Ryan, Todd Robinson, Graham Currie, Gary McCarney, Donna Butorac

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This paper presents a novel spatial market segmentation method to determine key user groups of a train station (such as gender, age and access mode), based on the size and shape of the station catchment area of each group. Two new indices–area ratio and composite ratio–are developed to quantify the importance of user groups for a train station. This method is applied to identify key user groups at seven train stations in Perth, Western Australia. The study offers a new way to explore the travel behaviour of train users and provides insights for rail transport planning and marketing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-398
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Spatial Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2018


  • area ratio
  • composite ratio
  • spatial market segmentation
  • Station catchment size and compactness

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