Mobility is fundamental to economic and social activities, including commuting, manufacturing, or supplying energy. The Geography of Transport Systems is concerned about movements along with the infrastructures, institutions and corporations supporting them. It tries to link spatial constraints and attributes with the origin, the destination, the extent, the nature and the purpose of movements. It is divided in nine chapters, each covering a specific conceptual dimension including networks, modes terminals, international transportation, urban transportation and environmental impacts. Each chapter also covers methodologies linked with transport geography such as accessibility, spatial interactions, graph theory and Geographic Information Systems for transportation. Aimed at an undergraduate audience, the text provides a comprehensive introduction to the field with a broad overview of its concepts, methods and areas of application. A particular emphasis has been placed in the development of web based didactic material that can be incorporated in lectures such as PowerPoint slides, exercises, databases and GIS datasets.
Table of Contents
1. Transportation and Geography 2. Transportation Systems and Networks 3. Economic and Spatial Structure of Transport Systems 4. Transportation Modes 5. Transportation Terminals 6. International and Regional Transportation 7. Urban Transportation 8. Transport and Environment 9. Transport Planning and Policy Conclusion: Issues and Challenges in Transport Geography. Glossary and Index
Jean-Paul Rodrigue is an Associate Professor of Geography in the Department of Economics and Geography at Hofstra University, USA. Claude Comtois is Professor of Geography at the University of Montreal, Canada. Brian Slack is Professor of Geography at Concordia University, Canada.