NATSEM Seminar Series

Investigating Bus Mobility of Older People in a Car Dependent City: An Analysis using Smart Card Data

Tue 12 September 2017Dr Yogi Vidyattama / 11:00am - 12:00pmSeminar Room 2, Building 24, University of Canberra

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Co-author: Hitomi Nakanishi

The transport literature has discussed that older people in suburban areas prefer to drive until their ability to do so significantly decreases. In an ageing society, it is important that the necessary services for older people are well connected to the public transport network. In addition, it is critical to understand the travel patterns of older people in order to respond to their needs, especially to avoid social exclusion. However there is still a limited understanding of how older people travel around on public transport in an Australian low density environment where public transport service tends to be inefficient. This research examines the mobility patterns of older people using smart card data in a car dependent city of Canberra, Australia, to discuss the implications on transport policies that need to be developed to support the mobility and well-being of older people. The smart card data used for this research was recorded in June 2012 by the Australian Capital Territory Government. We find different pattern of use by older passengers in terms of time of usage as well as the proportion of those who used transit facility. The research proposes improvement of the connectivity of key service facilities (e.g. hospitals, shopping malls) with bus intersections to help facilitate the use of bus by older people.


Yogi Vidyattama is a Senior Research Fellow of the Regional and Urban Modelling (RUM) Team. He graduated with a PhD in Economics from the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, where he holds an ANU Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship. He has been with NATSEM since 2008 after having previously spent three years as a research assistant and tutor at the Research School of Pacific and Asia Studies and Crawford School, ANU (2005-2008) and five years at the Institute of Economic and Social Research, University of Indonesia (1999-2004).

Yogi has focused his work on spatial and geographical economic analysis and is highly experienced in microsimulation modelling, economic growth, income and wealth distribution and inequality.  His current principal areas of research include: spatial impact of government policy; housing affordability; spatial distribution of inequality and disadvantage; and analysis of wealth and superannuation.

Yogi has published extensively in academic and policy journals, such as Regional Studies, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Australian Geographer, The Economic Record, Economic Papers, Housing Studies and the Australasian Journal of Regional Studies and through commissioned and public reports. His work has been influential in driving public debates and influencing policy and legislation in Australia and Indonesia. In Australia he has been involved in several government benefit modellings for the Parliamentary Library, age pension and gender wage gap, and while in Indonesia, his works included fiscal decentralisation, funding for human development progress in Indonesia, the Contingent Liabilities assessment of the Central Government Budget, and initial estimations of the impact of the Aceh Tsunami.

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