The Geography of Transport Systems

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Taylor & Francis, Aug 31, 2006 - Science - 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:

  • 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.

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About the author (2006)

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.

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