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.

Call For Papers

AAG 2015 - Energy Transitions: Call for papers related to transitions in energy sources and uses, along with the social, political and/or economic implications of those transitions. The domain is left intentionally broad in hopes of stimulating meaningful discussion and new insights that can inform policy, pedagogy and advocacy. Abstract deadline 15 October 2014. MORE...

AAG 2015 - Mobility, Health, and the City: Call for papers related to analyses of environmental influences on health increasingly that include measures of both time and everyday mobility. Abstract deadline 31 October 2014. MORE...

AAG 2015 - Spatial Analysis of Intra-urban and Neighborhood Dynamics: This session aims to bring together papers from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and from an array of spatial scales that together can help further our understanding of social and economic processes that shape intra-urban dynamics. Abstract deadline 1 November 2014. MORE...

AAG 2015 - Air Transport Geographies: Comparing Europe and North America: CFP for papers comparing European and North American air transport geographies and trying to make the link between flows and spaces or places. All scales from cities to the global are welcome provided both European and North American spaces are compared. Abstract deadline 13 October 2014. MORE...

AAG 2015 - Spatial Epidemiology: CFP for sessions focused on the development of spatial and spatiotemporal methodologies to answer fundamental epidemiological questions, including questions at the nexus of transportation and health. Abstract deadline 5 November 2014. MORE...

AAG 2015 - Travel and Transportation in the Parks: Current Research and New Perspectives: Call for papers related to access to the scenic and historic features of America's national parks along with associated concerns about environmental protections. Given the nature of the session (s), possible topics of interest may beyond American Parks. Abstract deadline 20 October 2014. MORE...

AAG 2015 - Time Geography: Integrating Space with Time in Geographic Research: The time geography sessions at the AAG annual meetings in the past were well received and attracted good attendance. We would like to continue this tradition at the 2015 AAG annual meeting to offer a forum for researchers to share their innovative ideas of advancing time geography. We welcome a wide range of studies that address conceptual, theoretical, technical, or empirical aspects of time geography. Abstract deadline 31 October 2014. MORE...

AAG 2015 - Symposium on Space-time Behavior and Planning in Urban China: Call for papers that advance new conceptual and analytical perspectives about Chinese cities. We welcome papers that are attentive to how the everyday lives of individuals unfold in space-time and how it shapes and in turn is influenced by China's urban transformations. Abstract deadline 10 October 2014. MORE...

Transportation Research Part C: Advances in alternative fuel vehicle transportation systems: This special issue will be focused on new problem formulations, models, and more effective exact or approximate solution approaches regarding the evolution of new renewable energy sources to reduce the dependence on oil with a concurrent environmental stewardship. Submission deadline 5 April 2015. MORE...

Annual Meeting

The TGSG sponsored or co-sponsored 20 sessions at the 2014 AAG Annual Meeting in Florida, in addition to the annual Fleming Lecture.

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

The Edward L. Ullman Award for outstanding contributions to the field of transportation geography will be awarded to Bert Van Wee, Professor in Transport Policy at Delft University of Technology and scientific director of TRAIL research school. Dr. Van Wee is well-known in the field of transport geography for his theoretical and conceptual work on accessibility showing a new way of linking a relationship between urban land use and transportation. Throughout his career, Dr. Van Wee's work has not only centered on accessibility alone, but has considered public transportation as integral transportation policy for enhancing accessibility for everyone. Dr. Wee has been deeply passionate about educating and inspiring future transportation scholars.

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

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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