Residential location, vehicle ownership and travel in Asia: a comparative analysis of Kei-Han-Shin and Kuala Lumpur metropolitan areas

ŞENBİL M. , Kitamura R., Mohamad J.

TRANSPORTATION, vol.36, no.3, pp.325-350, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11116-009-9195-y
  • Title of Journal : TRANSPORTATION
  • Page Numbers: pp.325-350
  • Keywords: Residential location, Vehicle ownership, Travel demand, Osaka, Kuala Lumpur, Structural equations modeling, CAR OWNERSHIP, URBAN FORM, LAND-USE, BUILT ENVIRONMENT, ACTIVITY PARTICIPATION, AUTOMOBILE DEPENDENCE, BEHAVIOR, MODEL, TIME, MOBILITY


The study examines the relationships between residential location, vehicle ownership and mobility in two metropolitan areas of Asia, Kei-Han-Shin area of Japan and Kuala Lumpur area of Malaysia. It shows that, behind apparent similarities of household auto ownership and travel time expenditure per household member, there are many causal relationships that are distinct between the areas. The similarities and differences between the two areas point to the conjecture that the evolution of a metropolitan area may be unique and path dependent, being heavily influenced by the history and culture of the locale, spatial and geographical constraints, and historical progression in infrastructure development.