The Geography of Urban Transportation

Fourth Edition

Edited by Genevieve Giuliano and Susan Hanson

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A comprehensive update, the fourth edition of this leading text features numerous chapters by new authors addressing the latest trends and topics in the field. The book presents the foundational concepts and methodological tools that readers need in order to engage with today's pressing urban transportation policy issues. Coverage encompasses passenger and freight dynamics in the American metropolis; the local and regional transportation planning process; and questions related to public transit, land use, social equity and environmental justice, energy consumption, air pollution, transportation finance, sustainability, and more. Among the student-friendly features are special-topic boxes delving into key issues and 87 instructive figures, including eight color plates.

New to This Edition

“A valuable contribution to the understanding of the field of urban transportation....The editors have assembled an impressive array of experts....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 (on the third edition)

“The fourth edition of this book continues the strengths of previous editions, integrating the fundamental concepts of urban transportation with the newest technologies and practices that illustrate and challenge those concepts. It offers an even-handed balance of social and economic concerns, and is well edited with frequent connections across chapters. This edition is enhanced by new chapters on global logistics systems grounded in urban neighborhoods, information and communications technologies that simultaneously reduce and increase travel, theories behind how we model transportation, and the vital relationship between transportation and social equity. I look forward to using the fourth edition in my upper-division transportation geography course.”

—Julie Cidell, PhD, Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

The Geography of Urban Transportation has long been unmatched in its ability to capture its topic’s broad interdisciplinary sweep, and to convey this breadth in a manner accessible to the student, practitioner, and policymaker. The fourth edition brings the story up to the minute with the latest in modeling techniques, planning practices, and research findings and controversies. It is the indispensable text for those committed to learning how to improve the societal, environmental, and economic performance of this vital aspect of metropolitan regions worldwide.”

—Jonathan Levine, PhD, Emil Lorch Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan

“This classic in transportation geography has been updated to include the latest trends and ideas in urban transportation planning, while maintaining the strong conceptual framework that characterized previous editions. The editors have brought together an impressive group of experts, and the book has been updated to provide case study examples from cities throughout the world. The diversity of topics makes this book an essential part of the library of transportation professionals and a good introductory textbook for upper-division undergraduates and graduate students.”

—Ruth L. Steiner, PhD, Director, Center for Health and the Built Environment, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Florida

“An informative, go-to text on transportation issues and trends. Updates in the fourth edition have made the book even more relevant and applicable. The contributors are well known and revered in the field, and the editors have done a great job of bringing together a wide range of topics into a coherent whole. Chapters build an understanding of the past, address current problems, highlight successes, and challenge common approaches in a thoughtful and informative manner. This is an excellent resource for upper-division undergraduates or graduate students.”

—Kathleen Deutsch-Burgner, PhD, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Santa Barbara City College

“A valuable addition to the bookshelves of professional planners, as well as students and scholars. The editors and contributors carry us through the subject in a logical manner, from the development and structure of urban areas in relation to transportation and communication infrastructure, to the fundamentals of transportation planning, to policy issues. The book offers a comprehensive view of issues surrounding the geography of urban transportation, but its relevance is even broader—it speaks to anyone interested in understanding and effecting policy for urban areas in general.”

—Michael Ratcliffe, geographer, U.S. Census Bureau

Table of Contents

I. Setting the Scene

1. Introducing Urban Transportation, Susan Hanson sample

2. The Geography of Urban Freight, Laetitia Dablanc & Jean-Paul Rodrigue

3. Transportation and Urban Form: Stages in the Spatial Evolution of the American Metropolis, Peter O. Muller

4. Impacts of Information and Communication Technology, Giovanni Circella & Patricia L.


II. Planning for Movement within Cities

5. Theories and Models in Transportation Planning, Harvey J. Miller

6. Regional Transportation Planning, Gian-Claudia Sciara & Susan Handy

7. Land Use, Travel Behavior, and Disaggregate Travel Data, Marlon G. Boarnet

III. Policy Issues

8. Mass Transit, Lisa Schweitzer

9. Land Use Impacts of Transportation Investments, Genevieve Giuliano & Ajay Agarwal

10. The Geography of Urban Transportation Finance, Brian D. Taylor

11. Transportation and Environmental Impacts and Policy, Scott Le Vine & Martin Lee-Gosselin

12. Transportation and Energy, David L. Greene

13. Social Equity and Urban Transportation, Evelyn Blumenberg

14. Looking to the Future, Genevieve Giuliano with Susan Hanson

About the Editors

Genevieve Giuliano, PhD, is the Margaret and John Ferraro Chair in Effective Local Government in the Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California (USC), and Director of the METRANS Transportation Center, a joint partnership of USC and California State University Long Beach. Her research and over 170 publications focus on relationships between land use and transportation; transportation policy analysis; and information technology applications in transportation. Dr. Giuliano is a past Chair of the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and of the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC). She is a recipient of honors including the Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lectureship Award from the TRB, the Distinguished Transportation Researcher Award from the Transportation Research Forum, and the Distinguished Contribution to University Transportation and Research Award from the CUTC. She is a frequent participant in National Research Council policy studies and a member of several advisory boards, including the National Freight Advisory Committee.

Susan Hanson, PhD, is Distinguished University Professor Emerita in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. She is an urban geographer with longstanding interests in gender and economy, the geography of everyday life, and sustainability. Dr. Hanson has been editor of Urban Geography, Economic Geography, the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, and The Professional Geographer. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and is Division Chair for the Transportation Research Board, within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Dr. Hanson is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a past president of the Association of American Geographers.


Ajay Agarwal, PhD, Department of Geography and Planning, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Evelyn Blumenberg, PhD, Luskin School of Public Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Marlon G. Boarnet, PhD, Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Giovanni Circella, PhD, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

Laetitia Dablanc, PhD, French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks, Champs-sur-Marne, France

Genevieve Giuliano, PhD, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

David L. Greene, PhD, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knoxville, Tennessee

Susan Handy, PhD, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of California, Davis, Davis, California

Susan Hanson, PhD, School of Geography, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts

Scott Le Vine, PhD, Department of Geography, State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, New York; Centre for Transport Studies, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Martin Lee-Gosselin, PhD, Graduate School of Planning, Laval University, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada; Centre for Transport Studies, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Harvey J. Miller, PhD, Department of Geography, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Patricia L. Mokhtarian, PhD, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

Peter O. Muller, PhD, Department of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

Jean-Paul Rodrigue, PhD, Department of Global Studies and Geography, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York

Gian-Claudia Sciara, PhD, School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

Lisa Schweitzer, PhD, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Brian D. Taylor, PhD, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California


Students and instructors in geography, urban planning, and civil engineering; professionals involved in urban transportation planning and policy.

Course Use

Serves as a text in advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level courses such as Urban Geography, Transportation Geography, Urban Planning and Development, and Urban Transportation Planning.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

Third Edition, © 2004
ISBN: 9781593850555

Second Edition, © 1995
ISBN: 9781572300170

First Edition, © 1986
ISBN: 9780898627756
New to this edition: