Transportation, Urban Form and Spatial Structure
Elements of the urban transport system, namely modes, infrastructures and users, have a spatial imprint which shapes the urban form. Considering that each city has different socioeconomic and geographical characteristics, the spatial imprint of transportation varies accordingly. For instance, while North American cities tend to have an urban form that has been shaped by the automobile, cities in other parts of the world, because of different modal preferences and infrastructure developments, have different urban forms.
The urban transport system is also represented by its spatial interactions since each city has its own circulation pattern of passengers and freight.