Monday, May 8, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Transportation systems have long affected how cities grow in America. From the horse-drawn streetcars, through electric streetcars to the freeways in the Post World War era, transportation network has shaped the way cities develop. The advent of automobile coupled with the “American Dream” of owning a house, resulted in uncontrolled outward growth of cities. Boundless growth of cities is now posing wicked problems like urban sprawl, traffic congestion, air pollution etc.


The synergy between the transportation network and land use changes is vital for any major investment a city undertakes. Increasing the access to a region brings about changes in land pattern over a period of time. However, emphasis on improving the mobility rather than accessibility has led to urban sprawl. Dallas, one of the fastest growing cities in the US, opened its first light rail in 1996 to improve accessibility to Downtown. Over the past 20 years, the light rail network has been expanded to 90 miles. This major transportation network has resulted in major change in land use pattern in the region. Our study aims to analyze changes in land use pattern due to Light Rail along with an investigation of pedestrian accessibility to and around the stations.   


Pranjal Dixit , Chicago , IL
Gopika Nair , Bossier MPC , Bossier City , LA (see bio)