The Geography of Transport Systems
Routledge – 2004 – 286 pages
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:
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.
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.