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Spatial Development and Transport

Rail and Road Isochrones from Berlin (1999)

People usually judge transportation network quality under the aspect of travel times. How long does it take to travel from City A to City B or how many cities are accessible in a given time period? The latter aspect is usually represented by so-called travel time isochrones. These isochrones enclose that area, that can be reached from a given origin within a certain time. On this background IRPUD developed 30, 60, 90 and 120 minutes travel time isochrone maps from Berlin for passenger rail and road transport. The travel time isochrones are based on digital trans-European road and rail transportation networks , which were also developed at the IRPUD. Rail travel times are taken from the German railway company time-table, whereas road travel times are based on a Shell route finder.

A German version of a summary of methodological aspects can be found here.

Contact: Carsten Schürmann

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