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Measurement Method and Characteristics of Spatial Organization for Jobs-housing Misbalance: A Case Study of the Effects of Metro Systems on Jobs-housing Misbalance in Beijing

  • 1. School of Government, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China;
    2. Beijing Transportation Research Center, Beijing 100055, China;
    3. Beijing Zhichengxianda Transport Technology Co. Ltd., Beijing 100053, China;
    4. Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044, China

Received date: 2010-05-01

  Revised date: 2010-09-01

  Online published: 2011-02-25


Based on the data from a survey, we construct two methods to measure the degree of jobs-housing misbalance, simulate commuting time/distance based on frequency distribution method, and measure the degree of jobs-housing misbalance using “jobs-housing misbalance intensity index”. According to the measurement model and calculation results, it is found that (1) the commuting time of sampling areas generally increases. The commuting time of the inhabitants living along suburb rail lines is around 40 minutes or more, and the commuting time of houseowners is significantly higher than that of the tenants; (2) compared with other residents, those who live alongside the rail lines have longer commuting distance, especially for those living in the large suburb residential areas; (3) variance in the commuting distance of suburb residents is relatively higher, and the commuting time and its variation are different between suburban and urban areas, and within different sampling areas; (4) based on the variations, the formation and developing mechanisms of the particularity of samples have been analyzed, and the influence of rail transit on the distribution of jobs and residence has also been studied.

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ZHAO Hui, YANG Jun, LIU Changping, WANG Ke . Measurement Method and Characteristics of Spatial Organization for Jobs-housing Misbalance: A Case Study of the Effects of Metro Systems on Jobs-housing Misbalance in Beijing[J]. PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY, 2011 , 30(2) : 198 -204 . DOI: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2011.02.009


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