Rail-transit and real estate values in a polycentric city: A theoretic simulation approach

  • Daniel Gat


The purpose of this chapter is to provide a microeconomic framework for tracing the impact of urban rail transit on the residential real estate market. It presents an urban polycentric model that is quite simple, yet it is complex enough to handle automobile traffic congestion as well as transit and park-and-ride. The model is derived from a long line of microeconomic monocentric urban models. The model is estimable, but not empirically estimated here; instead, it is run as a spreadsheet simulation with artificial parameter values. Results are computed and shown graphically and geographically; they support the claim that transit introduction is likely to raise real estate values, but are conditional with regard to instigating inner city redevelopment.


Travel Time Real Estate Travel Mode Transit Network Rail Transit 
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  • Daniel Gat
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  1. 1.Technion Israel Institute of TechnologyCenter for Urban and Regional StudiesHaifaIsrael

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