Jean-Paul Rodrigue (2013), New York:
Routledge, 416 pages. ISBN 978-0-415-82254-1
The mobility of people, freight and information is
fundamental to economic and social activities such as commuting,
manufacturing, distributing consumption goods, or supplying energy. Each
movement has a purpose, an origin, a potential set of intermediate
locations, a destination. Transport systems are the
support and driver of this mobility and are composed of infrastructures,
modes and terminals. This system enables the socio-economic life of
individuals, institutions and corporations. Understanding how mobility
is linked with geography is main the purpose of this textbook.
The third edition of The Geography of transport systems
maintains the overall structure of its predecessors, with chapters dealing
with specific conceptual dimensions and methodologies, but the contents
have been revised and updated. It provides material about transportation
issues to practitioners, policymakers, educators, researchers, students,
and individual learners. It includes a wide variety of
media elements such as maps, figures
and PowerPoint presentations.Like the previous two editions, the
third edition is articulated along two core approaches to transport
geography, one conceptual and the other methodological. The conceptual
parts present some of the most relevant issues
explaining contemporary transport geography. In addition to the more
conventional topics related to transport modes, terminals, as well as
urban transportation, emerging
issues such as globalization, supply chain management, energy and the
environment are also thoroughly discussed.The
methodological parts in the
Appendix address how transportation information is used to
assist transport operators allocate their resources (investments,
vehicles) or to influence public policy. This includes a wide array of
methods ranging from qualitative to quantitative. Since transport is a
field of application, the use of methodologies is particularly relevant
as they related to real world issues. The merging between methodologies
and information technologies has led to many new opportunities, notably
with the emergence of transportation geographic information systems
(GIS-T). It has become a very active field of investigation and
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Jean-Paul Rodrigue is Professor at the Department
of Global Studies and Geography at Hofstra University, New York.Claude Comtois is Professor of Geography at the
University of Montreal, Canada.Brian Slack is Distinguished Professor Emeritus
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