Principles and techniques applied to understanding, predicting and optimizing movement for transportation systems at various geographical scales. Problems arising from movement are also discussed.
|Two lectures, one lab (two hours); one term
|Prerequisite(s): GEOG 2LI3
|Antirequisite(s): GEO 3HD3
Time/Term Offered: Term One Fall 2012-13
Instructor: Dr. Antonio Páez
Room: General Science Building Rm. 236
Tel:(905) 525.9149 x26099
Office hours: W 9:30 - 10:30
Transport is concerned with the movement of people and goods over a transportation system. The performance of such systems affects our quality of life and is therefore a subject of study in many disciplines including geography. This performance is a reflection of the relationship between the supply of transportation (i.e., facilities and fleets), which tends to be fixed in the short term, and the demand for people and goods movement. Social, economic, technological and political processes not only condition this relationship, but also are themselves driven by transportation system performance in the long term. The effective management of transportation systems so as not to compromise our quality of life requires foresight, which implies that transportation professionals must have access to analytical methods. These methods are used to study the performance of transportation systems in both the short term and the long term. The results of these studies, especially in the public sector, often inform transportation policy. This course is designed to introduce you to the study of transportation systems from a geographic perspective, with a focus on:
1. Concepts central to the discipline.
2. Analytical methods for describing, analyzing and optimizing transportation systems.
3. Current transportation issues and problems.
The material covered in this course will provide you with a solid foundation for more advanced treatments of the subject. Mathematics is used extensively throughout this course.
At the end of the course, you will:
1. Understand concepts central to the study of transportation systems.
2. Understand how GIS is revolutionizing transportation practice.
3. Be able to solve various transportation problems using analytical methods discussed in class and applied in labs.
4. Understand issues that impact the performance of transportation systems.
5. Be familiar with Microsoft Excel as a problem-solving tool.
Required Text Books/Course materials:
The required text for this course is:
Black, W.R. (2003) Transportation: A Geographical Analysis. New York: Guilford Press.
In addition to it, we will make use of information from four websites:
BTS Bureau of Transportation Statistics: http://www.bts.gov/
JTLU Journal of Transport and Land Use: https://www.jtlu.org/index.php/jtlu/index
EJTIR European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research: http://www.ejtir.tbm.tudelft.nl/
GTS The Geography of Transportation Systems: http://people.hofstra.edu/geotrans/index.html
Exercises (5@8 each) 40 %
Midterm Exam 20 %
Final Exam (cumulative) 40 %
Total: 100 %
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