The Geography of Transport Systems
Jean-Paul Rodrigue (2017), New York: Routledge, 440 pages.
ISBN 978-1138669574
The Geography of Transport Systems, formally known as "Transport Geography on the Web", represents a project that has been ongoing for more than 14 years. It was initially funded by Industry Canada (1997-98) "NoteMakers: Development of World Wide Web-Based Post-Secondary Education Courses", but rapidly expanded well beyond its initial scope which was to provide basic multimedia information about transport geography. The site has now become one of the most widely used transportation source on the Internet, averaging about 100,000 unique visitors per month, mostly from private enterprises, government agencies and academic institutions. Its readership is excessively diverse with the United States (38%), the United Kingdom (9%), India (5%), Canada (5%) and Germany (4%) among the top five of a list of 212 countries or administrative units.
Since its inception in 1997 and coming online in 1998, this project has seen numerous changes and revisions. It is continuously being updated as new material becomes available and as web design technology evolves. In 2001 substantial cosmetic changes were performed by using Cascading Style Sheets, which significantly improved web design and management. In 2006, sections of the site have been published by Routledge in the textbook titled "The Geography of Transport Systems". In 2009 the second edition of the textbook was published. In 2010, the site was upgraded with a revamped design, Dynamic Web Templates and streamlined CSS. The site was ported to an HTML5/CSS3 standard in 2012. The third edition of the textbook was published in July 2013. It totals more than 1,460 independent web pages.
Project Director
Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue
Dept. of Global Studies & Geography
Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York
11549 USA
Major Contributors
Dr. Claude Comtois
Dept. of Geography
Université de Montréal
C.P. 6128, Succ. Centre Ville
Montreal, Quebec
Canada  H3C 3J7
Dr. Brian Slack
Professor Emeritus
Dept. of Geography
Concordia University
1400 de Maisonneuve W.
Montreal, Quebec
Canada  H3G 1M8
Dr. William Anderson
Ontario Research Chair in Cross-Border Transportation Policy
Professor, Political Science
University of Windsor
Windsor, Ontario
Canada N9B 3P4
Dr. John Bowen
Department of Geography
Central Washington University
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA
98926 USA
Dr. Laetitia Dablanc
Institut Francais des Sciences et Technologies, des Transports, de l’Aménagement et des Réseaux
SPLOTT Laboratory
2 rue de la Butte Verte
Marne-la-Vallée, France
Dr. Cesar Ducruet
CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
UMR 8504 Géographie-Cités, équipe P.A.R.I.S.
13 rue du Four, F-75006
Paris, France
Dr. Markus Hesse
University of Luxembourg
Faculté des Lettres, des Sciences Humaines, des Arts et des Sciences de l'Education
Route de Diekirch L-7220
Walferdange Luxemburg
Dr. Theo Notteboom
Institute of Transport and Maritime Management Antwerp
ITMMA House, Kipdorp 59
2000 Antwerp, Belgium
Dr. Shih-Lung Shaw
Dept. of Geography
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
37996-0925 USA