The Geography of Urban Transportation / Edition 3

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A highly successful text and professional resource, this classic work is now in a fully revised and restructured third edition. Leading geographers and urban planners present the foundational concepts and methodological tools that readers need to understand and engage with today's pressing policy issues. Covered are such key topics as passenger and freight dynamics in the American metropolis; the urban transportation planning process, including the use of GIS; and questions related to public transit, land use, energy, equity, environmental impacts, and more. Updated throughout with a heightened emphasis on policy—and featuring over 100 maps, charts, and photographs—the third edition contains new chapters on intercity travel and transportation finance. In addition, a new concluding chapter integrates key themes and provides some practical approaches to solving urban transportation problems.

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"A classic favorite just got even better. The third edition has been thoroughly updated by an all-star cast of experts, with special attention to changing and emerging issues relating to new technology. The result is comprehensive coverage of the key aspects of modern transportation planning. Authors provide balanced treatments of controversial subjects, and are not afraid to challenge conventional wisdom. This book is an ideal text for introductory upper-division or graduate transportation planning courses taught in geography, urban planning, and civil engineering departments."--Patricia L. Mokhtarian, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis

"Updating a classic text, the third edition of The Geography of Urban Transportation once again captures current trends and issues in a highly dynamic field. A new chapter on information technologies and transportation is especially welcome and timely, as is the revised chapter on geographic information systems for transportation. The Geography of Urban Transportation will continue its prominence as a textbook and reference for the next generation of transportation geographers and planners."--Harvey J. Miller, Department of Geography, University of Utah

"Few subjects are as elemental as transportation geography in explaining the way cities look and feel. With this significantly revised third edition, this volume reclaims its position as the standard reference, text, and policy guide. Hanson and Giuliano present updated coverage of most of the key research questions in the field, including travel trends by people, goods, and information; urban form-travel behavior linkages; environmental issues; and technical, political, and financial aspects of the planning process. Somewhat broader in scope and more iconoclastic than earlier editions, the volume repackages the goals and means of transportation practice as a broad class of spatial development planning tasks and tools. In particular, the challenges of understanding and influencing the behaviors of travelers, providers, and regulators (in a constantly evolving spatial world) take center stage."--Randall Crane, UCLA School of Public Policy and Institute of Transportation Studies

"The Geography of Urban Transportation, Third Edition covers the waterfront of the contemporary policy themes with which transportation planners and professionals wrestle day in and day out. Written by some of the most perceptive thinkers in the field, this text is highly informative, engaging, and up to date. Whether one is interested in induced travel demand, the impact of hybrid vehicles on highway finance, or transit-oriented development, this volume offers a wealth of empirical insights and critical perspectives. With this third edition, a class reader is no longer needed for an introductory graduate or upper-division undergraduate course in transportation planning. The book's coverage of the literature is so complete that it can easily stand alone as the core text for any course focused on contemporary urban transportation policy issues."--Robert Cervero, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley

Regional Studies

"A valuable contribution to the understanding of the field of urban transportation....The editors have assembled an impressive array of experts in the fields of urban planning, geography, public policy and transportation studies as contributors to the volume....The spread of topics and issues covered by this book will ensure that it will become a ready reference for practicing professionals as well as a good introductory textbook for upper-class undergraduate and beginning graduate students in a variety of fields concerned with understanding urban transportation."--Regional Studies
Three substantial introductory chapters are followed by seven chapters outlining various analytical approaches to transportation problems, balancing historical material with descriptions and analyses of travel at the aggregate and disaggregate levels, methodological presentations, and policy descriptions. First published in 1986. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593850555
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/6/2004
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 419
  • Sales rank: 329,476
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Hanson is the Jan and Larry Landry University Professor and a Professor and Director of the School of Geography at Clark University. She is an urban geographer with teaching and research interests in gender and economy, the geography of everyday life, and sustainability. Dr. Hanson has been editor of three geography journals -- Economic Geography, the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, and The Professional Geographer -- and serves on the editorial boards of several other journals. She is currently on the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board. Dr. Hanson also is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and past president of the Association of American Geographers.

Genevieve Giuliano is Professor in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at the University of Southern California and Director of the METRANS Transportation Center. Her research interests center on transportation policy and on relationships between land use and transportation. Dr. Giuliano is a former editor of Urban Studies and serves on the editorial boards of several journals. She is a former faculty fellow of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and a former member of the Executive Board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Dr. Giuliano also is a member and past chair of the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board and is a National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Table of Contents

I. Setting the Scene
1. The Context of Urban Travel: Concepts and Recent Trends, Susan Hanson
2. City Interactions: The Dynamics of Passenger and Freight Flows, Thomas R. Leinbach
3. Transportation and Urban Form: Stages in the Spatial Evolution of the American Metropolis, Peter O. Muller
4. Impact of Information Technologies, Donald G. Janelle
II. Planning for Movement within Cities
5. The Urban Transportation Planning Process, Robert A. Johnston
6. Reflections on the Planning Process, Martin Wachs
7. GIS in Urban-Regional Transportation Planning, Timothy L. Nyerges
III. Policy Issues
8. Public Transportation, John Pucher
9. Land Use Impacts of Transportation Investments Highway and Transit, Genevieve Guiliano
10. Transportation and Energy, David L. Greene
11. The Geography of Urban Transportation Finance, Brian D. Taylor
12. Social and Environmental Justice Issues in Urban Transportation, Devajyoti Deka
13. Transportaton and the Environment, Christine Bae
14. Managing the Auto, Genevieve Giuliano and Susan Hanson
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