Transport Geography Specialty Group

The Transportation Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers encourages and facilitates interactions among individuals who are interested in research, practice, and education of transportation-related topics.

All members of the AAG with an interest in transportation geography are encouraged to join the TGSG. Dues are $5 (students, $2) in addition to the normal AAG dues. Further information and forms are available on the AAG web site and the AAG Knowledge Community.

Annual Meeting

The TGSG will be sponsoring or co-sponsoring 37 sessions at the 2015 AAG Annual Meeting in Chicago, in addition to the annual Fleming Lecture.

The 2015 Edward L. Ullman Award for outstanding contributions to the field of transportation geography has been awarded to Karen Lucas, Director of Research and Innovation at the Institute of Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. Karen has made significant contributions in the area of transport-related social exclusion. She has worked with numerous governments, both locally and nationally, to develop policies to help alleviate transport disadvantage and social inequalities. In addition, Karen currently serves as an associate editor for The Journal of Transport Geography.

The 2015 Ph.D. Dissertation Award has been awarded to Astrid Wood for her dissertation entitled Peripatetic Planning. Tracing the Mobility of Bus Rapid Transit through South African Cities completed at the University College London.

The 2015 Master's Thesis Award has been awarded to Simon Cook for Running as Transport from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Travel Awards have been awarded to Mengyao Zhang, University of Connecticut and Jerl Levi McCollum from the University of North Texas.

These award winners will be honored at the TGSG Business Meeting which will be held from 11:50-1:10pm on Friday, April 24 in Skyway 273. At this meeting, we will also hold elections for quite a few leadership positions with the group. If you are interested in serving in such a capacity, I encourage you to attend the meeting.

This year's Fleming Lecture in Transport Geography will be given by Bert Van Wee from Delft University of Technology on Thursday, April 23 from 10:00-11:40AM in Grand Suite 3, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level. The title of the talk is Accessible accessibility research challenges.

2014 Student Award Winners

Selima Sultana and Daniel Schleith
TGSG Chairperson Selima Sultana and
2014 Master's Student Award recipient Daniel Schleith

The Ph.D. student dissertation award ended in a tie between Kathleen E. Deutsch-Burgner of the University of California, Santa Barbara and Abu Toasin Md Oakil of Utrecht University, the Netherlands and will both be receiving the award in the upcoming AAG conference. Kathleen's dissertation titled An Investigation in Decision Making and Destination Choice Incorporating Place Meaning and Social Network Influences was supervised by Konstadinos G. Goulias. Abu's dissertation titled Temporal Dependence in Life Trajectories and Mobility Decisions was supervised by Dr. Dick Ettema and Dr. Theo Arentze.

The Master's student competition award also ended in a tie between Colin Dony of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Daniel Schleith of Florida State University. Colin receives this award for his thesis entitled Using GIS to determine travel impedance to hospitals for infants with spina bifida in Florida, 1998-2007, which was supervised by Dr. Eric Delmelle. Daniel receives this award for his thesis entitled Investigating spatially disaggregate commuting for workers with different incomes in Leon County, Florida, supervised by Dr. Mark Horner. In addition, an honorable mention will be awarded to Sylvia Brady for her thesis entitled Mobility and aging in Denver, CO: Travel behaviors, mobility barriers, and perceptions of transit, supervised by Dr. Eric Boschman at the University of Denver.

TOD Tour

2013 Los Angeles Rail Transit Gold / Red Lines and
Transit-Oriented Development Field Trip

Andrew Goetz (University of Denver) and Keith Ratner (Salem State University) organized a field trip to visit transit-oriented development along Los Angeles' gold light-rail and red subway lines. The field trip was sponsored by the Transportation Specialty Group and the Urban Specialty Group.

The tour was focused on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) Joint Development Program, "a real property asset development and management program designed to secure the most appropriate private and/or public sector development on Metro-owned property at and adjacent to transit stations and corridors." MORE...

2013 Student Award Winners

Selima Sultana and Woo Jang
TGSG Chairperson Selima Sultana and
2013 Student Dissertation Award winner Woo Jang

The 2013 PhD Student Dissertation Award was awarded to Woo Jang (University of Georgia) for his dissertation work entitled, Spatial dynamics of disaggregated urban commuting patterns, supervised by Xiaobai Yao.

The 2013 Master's Student Competition Award was awarded to Benjamin Lundberg (University of Alabama) for his thesis, Accessibility and university populations: Local effects on non-motorized transportation in the Tuscaloosa-Northport area, supervised by Joe Weber.

High Speed Rail in America: Promise and Peril

The Transport Geography Specialty Group sponsored this panel discussion on 26 February 2012 at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, New York, NY. The panel discussion was organized in conjunction with a special HSR viewpoint issue of the Journal of Transport Geography

Part 1: Bradley Lane (University of Texas, El Paso)

Part 2: Andrew Ryder (University of Portsmouth)

Part 3: Sean Tierney (University of North Texas)

Part 4: Michael F. Ziolkowski (The College at Brockport, SUNY)

Part 5: Anthony Perl (Simon Fraser University)

Part 6: Andrew Goetz (Denver University - Moderator)

Part 7: Panel response

Part 8: Dedicated vs. shared lines, Paying for it, Integration with air travel

Part 9: Classes of service, Who should run the service?


Journal of Transport Geography

A major resurgence has occurred in transport geography in the wake of political and policy changes, huge transport infrastructure projects and responses to urban traffic congestion. The Journal of Transport Geography provides a central focus for developments in this rapidly expanding sub-discipline. The aim is to bring together contributions from the major strands of current transport geography research:

Articles and viewpoints for the Journal of Transport Geography may be submitted through the Elsevier Website...

Annual Reports

Other Publications


TGSG offers two annual awards and sponsors a lecture series.

The Edward L. Ullman Award

The Edward L. Ullman Award is offered by the Transportation Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers since 1990 for outstanding contributions to the field of transportation geography. MORE...

The TGSG Student Paper Award

Each year, the TGSG awards at the annual conference of the Association of American Geographers two prizes for outstanding student research in the field of transport geography. The first prize is for a Ph.D. dissertation while the second is for a Master thesis. Both prizes involve an honorarium of $250 each. Runners-up for the two awards may, at the discretion of the TGSG Board, be awarded $100 to defray the costs of presenting their work at the annual Association of American Geographers (AAG) conference; no more than five such travel awards will be given in any academic year. MORE...

The Fleming Lecture in Transportation Geography

When in 1992 Professor Douglas Fleming retired from his teaching career in transportation at the University of Washington (and his earlier career in merchant shipping), the Department of Geography decided to create a fund that would enable to offer an honorarium for a distinguished lecture at the Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers. MORE...

Tijs Neutens (Interim Chair, two-year term ending 2016)
Department of Geography
Ghent University
Krijgslaan 281, S8
9000 Ghent, Belgium
Tel: +32 (0)9 264 46 96
tijs.neutens [at]
Woo Jang (two-year term ending 2015)
Department of Geography
Minnesota State University
Armstrong Hall 7
Mankato, MN 56001
Tel: (507) 389-2617
woo-suk.jang [at]
Rich Quodomine (two-year term ending 2015)
New York State Department of Transportation
50 Wolf Road, POD 54
Albany, New York 12232
Tel: (518) 457-8346
rich.quodomine [at]
Elizabeth Delmelle (two-year term ending 2016)
Department of Geography and Earth Sciences
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
Tel: (704) 687-5973
edelmell [at]
Hyun Kim (two-year term ending 2016)
Department of Geography
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
311 Burchfiel Geography Building
Knoxville, TN, 37996-0925
Tel: (865) 974-6028
hyunkim [at]

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