Academic journal article The Canadian Geographer

Introductory Remarks: Special Thematic Papers in Transport Geography

Academic journal article The Canadian Geographer

Introductory Remarks: Special Thematic Papers in Transport Geography

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Transportation is a complex and increasingly prominent part of our lives. The complexity is evident not only in the systems of movement themselves, but in the multifaceted impacts these systems have on their environment--social, economic and physical. An example of its prominence is the critical role transportation plays in the modern global economy--as a component of supply chain management and logistics--and in the processes linked to globalisation. People, goods and information have never been as mobile as they are today (Rodrigue 2003).

Not surprisingly then, Transportation Geography, which was centre stage during the quantitative revolution of the 1970s but waned in prominence in the 1980s, has experienced a resurgence over the past decade. This thematic section of The Canadian Geographer/Le Geographe canadien highlights the work of Canadian researchers active in Transportation Geography. It grew out of informal discussions among the core group of CAG members that make a regular effort to get together and discuss their transportation-related work at the annual conference. The three papers presented here are representative of the scope of topics under the broad umbrella that is Transportation Geography.

Jason Gilliland's paper begins the series with a provocative exploration of the complex relationships between waterfront/port development and economic cycles with a historical analysis of the Port of Montreal. It is a classic piece of Transportation Geography research in that it (a) deals with ports, an essential part of the system, (b) explores the role of transportation as a locational force and (c) uses economics as an essential part of the exploration. …

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