Pedestrian access to transit in evolution : unfolding the spatialization of rapid-transit planning

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)669-691
Journal / PublicationJournal of Urban Design
Issue number6
Online published7 Jul 2022
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


This article retraces the impact of evolving hegemonic rapid transit planning and design strategies on pedestrian integration between stations and neighbourhoods, using Hong Kong as a longitudinal case. Mixed-methods research, triangulating documentary analysis, spatial analysis, and in-depth interviews, identified six typologies across three historical phases. The findings demonstrate that pedestrian access to transit is spatially heterogeneous, shaping the evolution of the station area from a connecting structure into an interconnecting infrastructure. Unfolding the historical interplay of hegemonic forces in the production of pedestrian spaces, this study innovatively bridges the research gap between planning policies and fine-grained urban design features.

Research Area(s)

  • Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway (MTR), pedestrian environment, Station area, transit oriented development (TOD), walkability