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Transportation Geography

  • By: Julie Cidell
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Transportation geography is the subfield that deals with the movement of people and goods across space, as well as the social and material infrastructures that enable or constrain those movements. More than most subfields of geography, transportation geography has strong connections with outside disciplines, including economics, engineering, planning, and landscape architecture. On the one hand, these linkages have led to a greater engagement with policy making than in most areas of geography. On the other hand, the subfield has also come under criticism for its somewhat narrow focus and isolation within geography. That said, transportation geography has made significant contributions to the discipline in demonstrating the importance of gender, the integration of economic and environmental concerns, and the need to engage with policymakers, among other ...

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