Product No.: WEB21048
Date Published: 01/2022

Launch ProductAccessScore is an analysis that assesses the infrastructure and demographic characteristics around transit stations that relate to how supportive of bicycling and walking the area is and how much bicycle and pedestrian activity could be occurring there. The analysis includes Regional Rail, light rail, trolley, and subway stations throughout the Philadelphia region with service provided by SEPTA, NJ TRANSIT, and PATCO.

To create AccessScore, station area characteristics such as land use, demographics, transit density, safety, and non-motorized access, were gathered and analyzed using GIS. The various characteristics within 2 miles of the station are scored on a scale of 1-5, then summed together, and normalized on a 1 (low) to 10 (high) scale that results in an overall AccessScore, which is meant to show how generally accessible a transit station is by all modes. Together, the scores of these individual characteristics, and a station's total AccessScore, will give transit agencies, trail advocacy groups and municipalities a picture of the station area characteristics that contribute to demand for bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Ultimately, AccessScore may help communities identify and prioritize improvements designed to strengthen pedestrian, cycling, and transit connectivity.

Geographic Area Covered: Nine-County Delaware Valley Region, comprised of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania, and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer counties in New Jersey

Key Words: Access, Transit, Bicycle, Pedestrian, Land Use, Density, Safety, Connectivity, Mobility

Staff Contact(s)

Project Team

  • Thomas R Stead Assistant Manager, Office of Mobility Analysis and Design
  • Cassidy Boulan, AICP Assistant Manager, Bicycle Programs
  • Sean Lawrence GIS System Administrator
  • Rebecca J. Maule Senior Graphic Artist
  • Christopher R. Pollard Manager, Office of GIS

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