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The social dimension of transport planning

April 29, 2022

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Jodie Welch considers how transport planners can use demographic data in this Maplines article

For Transport Planners, GIS provides a tool which enables the exploration of an infinite number of spatial and temporal datasets to inform decision making. Linked to this, demographics have a wide impact on the associated demand and geography of all journey purposes.

Whether it’s job availability and where people live and work, disposable income and access to leisure activities, social mobility or transport isolation, the analysis of demographic data allows transport planners to be sensitive and sustainable with the solutions recommended to clients.

What are the key uses of demographic data in transport planning that can allow transport planners to plan and design with communities in mind? Jodie Welch answers this question in an article from the British Cartographic Society publication Maplines.

About the Author

Jodie is a transport planner and active STEM Ambassador within the Cambridge Transport Planning team at Stantec. Since commencing her career in transport planning, Jodie has gained valuable experience working on a variety of projects for both public and private sector clients, with an emphasis on producing complex transport assessments. 

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