Connectivity of intercity passenger transportation in China: a multi-modal and network approach

Zhu, Zhenran and Zhang, Anming and Zhang, Yahua (2018) Connectivity of intercity passenger transportation in China: a multi-modal and network approach. Journal of Transport Geography, 71. pp. 263-276. ISSN 0966-6923

Abstract

This paper proposes a dynamic weighted model to measure the connectivity of intercity passenger transportation
in China. We consider both quality and quantity of the connections of two transport modes: air and rail. Among
the 23 major cities selected, Shanghai is revealed to have the highest connectivity level, leading in both air and rail connectivity. Hong Kong, Kunming, and Urumqi are the three cities that predominantly rely on air
transportation whose contribution to the connectivity exceeds 80%. This research also suggests that the
connections between international cities and China's domestic network are highly concentrated on a few cities,
namely, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou, and that Seoul is the best connected international city in
terms of its transport links with China. Shanghai-Nanjing has been found to be the best-connected city pair,
primarily due to the significant contribution from high-speed rail (HSR) service. Our study shows that the
contribution from train service is more than 80% for 19 of the 20 top-ranking domestic routes measured by
connectivity. In addition, HSR has become a preferred and dominant option over air on a number of longdistance
routes up to 1,300km. This finding has significant policy implications for transportation infrastructure
planning and investment.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2019 05:40
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2019 05:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: connectivity; intercity passenger transportation; air and rail transport; node connectivity; link (route) connectivity
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1507 Transportation and Freight Services > 150701 Air Transportation and Freight Services
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1507 Transportation and Freight Services > 150702 Rail Transportation and Freight Services
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140217 Transport Economics
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 88 Transport > 8899 Other Transport > 889902 Multimodal Transport
B Economic Development > 88 Transport > 8801 Ground Transport > 880103 Rail Passenger Movements
B Economic Development > 88 Transport > 8803 Aerospace Transport > 880302 Air Passenger Transport
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2017.05.009
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34780

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