Urban Transportation and Land Use
All authors:
Jean-Paul Rodgrigue, Theo Notteboom, and John Shaw
Host organisation:
CoE Southern California U, USA
Publication year: 2013
Published in:
The Sage Handbook of Transport Studies, London: Sage
Research theme: Mobility and Access
Urban transportation, Land Use
Book chapter
Urban transportation is organized in three broad categories of collective, individual, and freight transportation (Gwilliam, 2002).  In several instances, they are complementary to one another, but sometimes they may be competing for passengers, the usage of available land, and transport infrastructures.  Rapid urban development occurring across much of the globe implies increased quantities of passengers and freight moving within urban areas (Carter, 1995; Docherty, Giuliano and Houston, 2008).  Commuting time has gradually shifted to faster transport modes and greater distances could be traveled using the same amount of time.  In the majority of cases, fast urban growth led to a scramble to provide transport infrastructure in an adequate fashion.  Each form of urban mobility, be it walking, the private automobile, or urban transit, has a level of suitability to fill mobility needs.  In recent years, motorization and the diffusion of personal mobility has been an ongoing trend linked with substantial declines in the share of public transit in urban mobility. 
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