Transportation Geography
Transportation geography is a branch of human geography that studies transportation and all aspects related to it and the geography of an area. This means that it examines the transportation or movement of people, goods and information in or across different regions. It can have a local focus in a city, as well as a regional, national or international. Transportation geography utilises the different modes of transportation such as road, rail, aviation and maritime and their relationship to people, the environment and urban areas. Historically, in the early days of geography, explorers used known sailing routes to explore new areas and set up trading outposts. Presently, transportation capacity and efficiency is important since knowledge of the quickest route of moving either people and products is important and, in turn, understanding the geography of the regions in which these people and products are moving – vital.
 
Transportation Geography: Examples

LONDON, 2007: TRAVEL TIMES TO WORK
AT THE DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT
IN PIMLICO, ARRIVING AT 9AM
Transportation geography is a very broad subject that examines many different transportation-related themes. For example, it can evaluate the link between the presence of a railroad in an area and the percentage of commuters using it to get to work. Social and environmental impacts of the creation of transportation modes are other topics within the field. Transportation geography also studies the constraints of movement across space. An example of this might be looking at how the shipment of goods varies at different times of the year due to weather conditions. Our fieldwork expertise extends to include a better understanding of transportation and knowledge base via its geographical relationship. Three important geographical branches that relate to transportation are: nodes, networks and demand. The Centre’s research recognises the importance of these branches of transportation geography and work with them accordingly.
SPATIAL DIFFUSION OF A TRANSPORT SYSTEM

MULTIMODAL TRANSPORT SYSTEM

EUROPE HIGH-SPEED RAILROAD SYSTEM



SWISS RAILROAD SYSTEM