Utilizing mobile phone-based floating population data to measure the spatial accessibility to public transit

Won Kyung Lee, So Young Sohn, Joon Heo

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Spatial accessibility to public transit changes with population shifts during the day in association with time-varying transit supply levels. In this study, we propose a strategy for the utilization of mobile phone-based floating population data to measure the accessibility to public transit. We used the Huff model-based, floating catchment area method to measure the time-varying accessibility in Seoul, Korea, during rush-hours and late night hours. We compared the floating population-based access measures with the census data for these hours. Our results imply that utilization of the phone-based floating population data can provide reliable and fine-grained results in cases of evening rush hour and late night hours. Therefore, it can replace static census data typically used for the estimation of the accessibility index.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-130
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Geography
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Forestry
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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