PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2011, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (10): 1218-1224.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2011.10.003

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Commuting Time Change and its Influencing Factors in Beijing

MENG Bin1,2, ZHENG Limin3, YU Huili3   

  1. 1. College of Arts & Sciences, Beijing Union University, Beijing 100191, China;
    2. Institute of Beijing Study, Beijing Union University, Beijing 100191, China;
    3. Capital Normal University, Beijing 100048, China
  • Received:2011-01-01 Revised:2011-07-01 Online:2011-10-25 Published:2011-10-25

Abstract: This study was conducted based on the data from two questionnaire investigations done in 2005 and 2010. Geographic Information System (GIS) and spatial analysis were used to analyze the commuting time change. The results showed that the commuting time in Beijing increased significantly,from 38 minutes in 2005 to 43 minutes in 2010. In comparison of several typical regions it can be found that there is a significant spatial difference in the change of commuting time in Beijing. The study of the factors influencing commuting time shows that Beijing's transportation development and the change of residents commuting ways exert great influence on the commuting time, and that the urban planning for the zones with different functions also has significant influence on the commuting time.

Key words: Beijing, commuting time, influencing factor, separation between jobs and residential locations, transport options