Home Skip to main content

Research Reports
Report Details

Title:Transit Ridership and the Built Environment
Authors:Del Peterson
University:North Dakota State University
Publication Date:Aug 2011
Report #:MPC-11-239
Project #:MPC-348
TRID #:01355170
Keywords:built environment, land use planning, level of service, mode choice, population density, public transit, residential areas, ridership, socioeconomic factors, urban areas, walkability
Type:Research Report – MPC Publications


The built environment consists of everything humanly made, arranged, or maintained (Bartuska and Young 1994). In relation to travel behavior, there has been a focus on improving our understanding of how the built environment influences one's travel mode choice. Planners need evidence showing how land use matters as they advocate for the adoption of different planning principles. This is especially true in small urban areas where planners seldom utilize innovative land-use principles, such as smart growth, within their planning process (Peterson 2009).

The objective of this research is to determine what variables (i.e., residential density, land-use mix) play an important role in determining the built environment/transit ridership relationship in the Fargo-Moorhead community. Socio-economic and level of service variables were also considered.

How to Cite

Peterson, Del. Transit Ridership and the Built Environment, MPC-11-239. North Dakota State University - Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, Fargo: Mountain-Plains Consortium, 2011.

NDSU Dept 2880P.O. Box 6050Fargo, ND 58108-6050