The Geography of Transport Systems
THIRD EDITION
Jean-Paul Rodrigue (2013), New York: Routledge, 416 pages.
ISBN 978-0-415-82254-1
Mobility is fundamental to economic and social activities such as commuting, manufacturing, or supplying energy. Each movement has an origin, a potential set of intermediate locations, a destination, and a nature which is linked with geographical attributes. Transport systems composed of infrastructures, modes and terminals are so embedded in the socio-economic life of individuals, institutions and corporations that they are often invisible to the consumer. This is paradoxical as the perceived invisibility of transportation is derived from its efficiency. 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 application.
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