Rail integrated communities in Tokyo

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2009
Keywords: 
Local transit – Japan - Tokyo
Urban transportation – Planning
Land use – Planning
Tokyo - Urban Rail
Tokyo - Transit-Oriented Development
Tokyo - Private Railways
Tokyo
Urban rail
Transit-oriented development
TOD
Private railways
Tokyu
Rail integrated communities
RIC
Abstract: 

Tokyo’s railway station areas are models of transit-oriented design. To differentiate them from transit-oriented developments (TOD), the term rail integrated community (RIC) has been created to describe these high density, safe, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly developments around railway stations that act as community hubs, served by frequent, all-day, rail rapid transit and accessed primarily on foot, by bicycle, or by public transit. Japanese private railways have been instrumental in creating these RICs. Though they receive little financial support from the government, private railways in Japan achieve profitability by diversifying into real estate, retail, and numerous other businesses. Tokyu Corporation is used as the case study to exemplify how government policy and socioeconomic context contributed to the successful private railway model. Ten indicators, such as ridership, population density and mode share are used to analyze two stations created by Tokyu to demonstrate how this model is manifested in Tokyu’s rail integrated communities.

Language: 
English
Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
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Department: 
Urban Studies Program - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.Urb.)
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