Jean-Paul Rodrigue (2013), New York:
Routledge, 416 pages.
Chapter 1 - Transportation and Geography
Movements of people, goods and information have always been fundamental
components of human societies. Contemporary economic processes have
been accompanied by a significant increase in mobility and higher levels
of accessibility. Although this trend can be traced back to the industrial
revolution, it significantly accelerated in the second half of the 20th
century as trade was liberalized, economic blocs emerged and the comparative
advantages of global labor and resources were used more efficiently.
However, these conditions are interdependent with the capacity to manage,
support and expand movements of passengers and freight as well as their
underlying information flows. Societies have become increasingly dependent
on their transport systems to support a wide variety of activities ranging,
among others, from commuting, supplying energy needs, to distributing
parts between manufacturing facilities and distribution centers. Developing transport systems has been a continuous
challenge to satisfy mobility needs, to support economic development
and to participate in the global economy.
The goal of this introductory chapter is to provide a definition of
the nature, role and function of transport geography and where the
discipline stands in regard to other disciplines. It also underlines the
importance of specific dimensions such as nodes, locations, networks and
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