CONTRIBUTIONS FROM GEOGRAPHY TO URBAN TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH

IN RECENT YEARS THERE HAS BEEN AN ACCELERATING DEMAND FOR ATTACK ON THE PROBLEM OF URBAN TRANSPORTATION, WITH EMPHASIS ON THE NEED FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDY OF ALL RELEVANT ASPECTS OF BOTH THE CITY AND THE VARIOUS FORMS OF TRANSPORTATION. AS AN INTEGRATIVE DISCIPLINE THAT CONCERNS ITSELF, IN PART, WITH THE WAY DIFFERENT AREAS ON THE EARTH'S SURFACE INTERACT WITH EACH OTHER, GEOGRAPHY HAS MUCH TO OFFER TOWARD MEETING THESE NEEDS. ITS VALUE IS WELL RECOGNIZED BY URBAN PLANNING BODIES, BUT MUCH LESS SO BY STATE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS, ONLY TWO OF WHICH HAVE GEOGRAPHERS ON THEIR PERMANENT STAFFS, DOING THE SORT OF WORK FOR WHICH THEY WERE TRAINED. NO MORE THAN A HALF-DOZEN PAPERS HAVE BEEN PRESENTED BY GEOGRAPHERS AT THE ANNUAL MEETINGS OF THE HIGHWAY RESEARCH BOARD, AND IT MAY THEREFORE BE OF VALUE TO PRESENT A BRIEF REVIEW OF THE GEOGRAPHIC CONCEPTS THAT ARE APPLICABLE TO URBAN TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH. THESE CONCEPTS ARE NOT NECESSARILY UNIQUE TO GEOGRAPHY, BUT THE INSIGHTS THAT ARISE FROM THEM MAY BE. AMONG THEM ARE LOCATION THEORY, CENTRAL PLACE HIERARCHY, URBAN FUNCTIONAL CLASSIFICATION, REGIONAL LAND-USE ANALYSIS, SIMULATION MODELS, SYSTEMS ANALYSIS, GRAPH THEORY, AND ESPECIALLY NEW APPROACHES TO CARTOGRAPHY, INCLUDING USE OF MACHINES IN MAPPING, MATHEMATICAL MAPS AND DISTORTIONS THAT WILL CLARIFY THE RELATIONS BETWEEN DISTANCE, COST, AND TIME. MANY SUBSTANTIVE STUDIES HAVE BEEN PERFORMED ON SPECIFIC CITIES AND HIGHWAY PROBLEMS, AND THE MASS OF MATERIAL ACCUMULATED BY GEOGRAPHY DEPARTMENTS IN THE UNIVERSITIES CAN BE OF CONSIDERABLE VALUE TO LOCAL RESEARCHERS FROM OTHER DISCIPLINES. /AUTHOR/

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    • Wolfe, Roy I
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  • Publication Date: 1962

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 46-68
  • Monograph Title: Urban transportation: demand and coordination
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  • Created Date: Aug 5 1994 12:00AM