6th Edition

The Geography of Transport Systems

By Jean-Paul Rodrigue Copyright 2024
    402 Pages 133 Color & 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    402 Pages 133 Color & 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    402 Pages 133 Color & 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This expanded and revised sixth edition of The Geography of Transport Systems provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the field with a broad overview of its concepts, methods, and areas of application. It explores the spatial aspects of transportation and focuses on how the mobility of passengers and freight is linked with geography.

    The book is divided into ten chapters, each covering a specific conceptual dimension, including networks, modes, terminals, freight transportation, urban transportation, and environmental impacts, and updated with the latest information available. The sixth edition offers new and updated material on information technologies and mobility, e-commerce, transport and the economy, mobility and society, supply chains, security, pandemics, energy and the environment, and climate change. With over 140 updated figures and maps, The Geography of Transport Systems presents transportation systems at different scales ranging from global to local.

    This volume is an essential resource for undergraduates studying transportation, as well as those interested in economic and urban geography, transport planning and engineering. A companion website, which contains additional material such as photographs, maps, figures, and PowerPoint presentations, has been developed for the book and can be found here: https://transportgeography.org/


    Chapter 1 – Transportation and Geography


    1. What is Transport Geography?

    2. Transportation and Space

    3. Historical Geography of Transportation

    4. Transportation and Commercial Geography

    CASE STUDY: Transportation and its Bottlenecks


    Chapter 2 – Transportation and the Spatial Structure


    1. The Geography of Transportation Networks

    2. Transport and Spatial Organization

    3. Transport and Location

    4. Information Technologies and Mobility

    CASE STUDY: The Digitalization of Mobility


    Chapter 3 – Transportation, Economy and Society


    1. Transport and Economic Development

    2. Transportation and Society

    3. Transport Costs

    4. The Provision and Demand of Transportation Services 

    CASE STUDY: Tourism and Transport in a Post-Covid Era


    Chapter 4 – Transport, Energy and Environment


    1. Transport and Energy

    2. Transportation and the Environment

    3. The Environmental Footprint of Transportation

    4. Transportation, Sustainability and Decarbonization

    CASE STUDY: Climate Change and Transport Infrastructure


    Chapter 5 – Transportation Modes


    1. Land Transportation

    2. Maritime Transportation

    3. Air Transportation

    4. Intermodal Transportation

    CASE STUDY: High Speed Rail Systems


    Chapter 6 – Transportation Terminals


    1. The Function of Transport Terminals

    2. Transport Terminals and Hinterlands

    3. Port and Rail Terminals

    4. Airports

    CASE STUDY: Mega-Airport Projects.


    Chapter 7 – Trade, Logistics and Freight Distribution


    1. Globalization and International Trade

    2. Freight Transportation and Value Chains

    3. Logistics and Freight Distribution

    CASE STUDY: Inland Ports and Logistics Zones


    Chapter 8 – Urban Transportation


    1. Transportation and Urban Form

    2. Urban Land Use and Transportation

    3. Urban Mobility

    4. Urban Transport Challenges

    CASE STUDY: E-commerce and Home Deliveries


    Chapter 9 – Transport Planning and Policy


    1. The Nature of Transport Policy

    2. Transport Planning and Governance

    3. Transport Safety and Security

    4. Transportation, Disruptions and Resilience

    CASE STUDY: The Challenge of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Transport Systems


    Chapter 10 – Challenges for Transport Geography


    1. Improving Transport Infrastructure

    2. Governance and Management

    3. Social and Environmental Responsibility

    4. Future Transportation Systems


    Appendix – Methods in Transport Geography


    1. Methods in Transport Geography

    2. Definition and Properties of Graph Theory

    3. Measures and Indices of Graph Theory

    4. Geographic Information Systems for Transportation (GIS-T)

    5. Transportation and Accessibility

    6. Network Data Models

    7. Technical and Economic Performance Indicators

    8. The Gini Coefficient

    9. Spatial Interactions and the Gravity Model

    10. Market Area Analysis


    Jean-Paul Rodrigue is Professor in the Department of Maritime Business Administration at Texas A&M University-Galveston.