Recent Developments in US Transport Geography

This chapter describes how geography is that field of science with the distribution of phenomena at or near the earth’s surface. As a discipline it studies both human and natural features and patterns and it seeks to explain why these are located where they are. The phenomena may represent more or less permanent features on the earth’s surface, e.g., rivers, highways, or cities, or the phenomena may represent temporally changing attributes, e.g., migration, crop yields, or forest fires, aggregated into some meaningful temporal units of analysis. Transportation is concerned with the movement of goods and people between different locations and the systems used for this movement. Included in the former would be the journey to work, trade flows between nations, commodity flows within a single nation, passenger flows by various modes, and so forth, and those factors that affect these flows. In general, movement within a single industrial firm or building, or the migration of population, is not included in this area. Transportation or transport geography may be defined as that discipline concerned with explaining the location of transportation facilities and the magnitude of flows over or near the earth’s surface. Other definitions are possible, but the focus on networks and flows is common to these as well. For many years, transport geography was viewed as part of economic geography, but ties to this field are not nearly as strong as they once were.

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    • Published as Volume 5, Handbooks in Transport series, ISSN 1472-7889.
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    The Boulevard, Langford Lane
    Kidlington, Oxford  United Kingdom  OX5 1GB
  • Authors:
    • Black, William R
  • Publication Date: 2004


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: First
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 13-26
  • Monograph Title: Handbook of Transport Geography and Spatial Systems

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  • Accession Number: 01004034
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0080441084
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 2005 12:53PM