Goudappel, in partnership with APPM, has recently completed the Mobility Hubs development Plan for the West Brabant region of the Netherlands. The West Brabant region is located in the southwest of the Netherlands comprised of 19 municipalities.
The project was initiated by the regional governing body to assess the potential of mobility hubs within the region in order to promote shared mobility and increase accessibility in the transit system. Goudappel and APPM worked closely with the regional stakeholders to compile and initial list of 40 hubs to be analyzed, classified, and prioritized. In order to complete this task, Goudappel developed an innovative mobility hub classification and ranking system that highlights the overall potential for hubs to prioritize spending, as well as detailed analysis to help decision makers understand within which categories improvements are necessary to maximize each hubs potential.
Mobility Hub Classification Method
To complete this project, we needed to first divide the 40 hubs into categories to better compare and analyze them. Not all hubs are the same, and comparing a more regionally centered train station to a local bus center would not provide for accurate results. To solve this we divided the hubs into 6 categories based on the conditions, amenities, and location of the hub. The six categories with brief descriptions include the following:
Figure 2: The 40 Hubs classified and mapped in West Brabant
After classifying the Hubs by size, location, and services we then created a method to rank the hubs to give the municipalities a way to prioritize development at each hub. The ranking method analyzed the following indicators:
Within each of these categories described above each classification of mobility hub was ranked internally using the Natural Jenks method. This method was used to give an accurate understanding of each classification (i.e. National Hub, Regional Hub, etc…) which resulted in a final score of hub potential per classification.
Combing the Ranking Method, along with the classification method a total spider web chart shown below was produced to visually show the current state and potential of each hub.
In addition to this, discussions with stakeholders were considered to create an ‘ Urgency Score’ that further guides the development process.
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