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Mobility and Transport

Trans-VA: A geospatial technology to assess vulnerability to vehicle restrictions

Craig Morton, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

The tool allows policy makers to robustly assess the social equity implications of introducing urban vehicle access regulations through a multi-stage assessment process which evaluates vulnerability (i.e. spatial exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity) to the policy. The tool assists in targeting interventions to mitigate adverse consequences (e.g. scrappage incentives and public transport improvements), and is built into Geographical Information System, allowing for easy implementation.

The Trans-VA tool is an open content resource, with detailed blueprints and worked-examples provided freely. Transport planners will be able to apply the tool in their own urban areas without the need for direct support from the project team, as well as to tailor it to the particular circumstances of each situation.