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The Geography of Transport Systems - Jean-Paul Rodrigue

The Geography of Transport Systems


Published: 15th June 2006
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Mobility is fundamental to economic and social activities, including commuting, manufacturing and supplying energy. Understanding how mobility is linked with geography is key, and the main focus of this important book.

Concerned with movements, infrastructures, institutions and the corporations supporting them, this key volume from Rodrigue, Comtois and Slack links spatial constraints and attributes with the origin, destination, extent, nature and purpose of movements. Divided into nine chapters, each covers methodologies linked with transport geography (such as accessibility, spatial interactions, graph theory and GIS), and the topics they address include:

  • networks
  • modes terminals
  • international transportation
  • urban transportation
  • environmental impacts.

Ideal for an undergraduate audience, this book provides a comprehensive introduction with a broad overview of the concepts, methods and areas of application. Emphasis is placed on the development of didactic material that can be incorporated in lectures (such as PowerPoint slides, exercises, databases and GIS datasets). Although primarily developed for transport geography, the material can also be used in lectures in economic and urban geography, as well as transport planning and engineering.

? transportation and geography -- Concepts: 1. What is transport geography? 2. Transportation and space; 3. Historical evolution of transportation -- Methods: 1. The notion of accessibility; 2. Geographic information systems for transportation (gis-t) -- ? Transportation systems and networks -- Concepts: 1. Transportation and commercial geography; 2. Transport costs; the geography of transportation networks; 3. Transport supply and demand -- Methods: 1. Definition and properties of graph theory; 2. Measures and indices of graph theory; 3. Network data models -- ? Economic and spatial structure of transport systems -- Concepts: 1. Transport and economic development; 2. Transport and spatial organization; 3. Transport and location -- Methods: 1. The transportation problem (linear programming); 2.Market area analysis -- ? Transportation modes -- Concepts: 1. A diversity of modes; 2. Intermodal transportation; 3. Passengers or freight? -- Methods: 1. Technical performance indicators -- ? Transportation terminals -- Concepts: 1. The function of transport terminals; 2. Terminals and location; 3. Terminals and security -- Methods: 1. Gini coefficient; 2. Delphi forecasting -- ? International and regional transportation -- Concepts: 1. Transportation, globalization and international trade; 2. Commodity chains and freight transportation; 3. Logistics -- Methods: 1. Spatial interactions; 2. The gravity model -- ? Urban transportation -- Concepts: 1. Transportation and urban form; 2. Urban land use and transportation; 3. Urban mobility; 4. Urban transport problems -- Methods: 1. Traffic counts and traffic surveys; 2. Transportation / Land Use Modeling -- ? Transport and environment -- Concepts: 1. Transport and energy; 2. Transport and environment; 3. Transport and sustainability -- Methods: 1. Transport environmental management -- ? transport planning and policy -- Concepts: 1. the nature of transport policy; 2. The policy process; 3. Transport planning -- Methods: 1. Cost-benefit analysis -- Conclusion: issues and challenges in transport geography.

ISBN: 9780203001110
ISBN-10: 0203001117
Format: PDF
Language: English
Published: 15th June 2006