Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

David Lemberg

Second Advisor

Denise Keele

Third Advisor

W. Jason Beasley


This paper introduces an evaluative framework to analyze residential neighborhoods and draw conclusions regarding the safety and convenience of public transit options. Transit quality indicators included elevation, service areas, intersection crash statistics, and bus stop infrastructure. Within this research, a case study of Vine Neighborhood in Kalamazoo, MI was used to test the effectiveness of the framework; neighborhood data was retrieved, analyzed, and spatially modeled with ArcGIS Pro, then discussed to draw conclusions. Ultimately, it was determined that while neighborhood residents may be in close physical proximity to a stop, high elevation changes and pedestrian crash rates indicate Metro transit would be considerably more safe/convenient upon the implementation of more pedestrian amenities or an additional stop. While the framework requires more research prior to real-life application, this research is intended to be the first step in creating a safe, user-oriented transit system that improves the quality of life for residents.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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Geography Commons