Piet Rietveld, Kenneth John Button, Peter Nijkamp
The latest volume in the Edward Elgar series on classic papers tackles urban transport analysis. 37 papers have been selected to cover some of the key economic aspects of demand, supply of public transport, external costs, policy (including deregulation and investment criteria), and other issues (including history, parking, ICT and developing countries). It is always a welcome reminder to reflect on the past contributions to transport analysis, as many of the current concerns have clear antecedents in the thinking of the last 50 years. Interestingly, only minor contributions came from the 1950s to the 1970s (9 papers), with the major inputs being selected in the 1980s and 1990s. This demonstrates that classic contributions to transport analysis are relatively young and that the subject area is still accepting new methods and ideas. This volume provides a retrospective benchmark from which to further build into the new century. David Banister, University College London, UK Urban Transport reprints the most important papers in the field of transport that have a special focus on urban issues. It is in urban areas that many transportation problems are most acute. In this collection attention is paid amongst others to: transport demand, supply of public transport services and external costs of transport (environmental problems, congestion). Also policy aspects such as urban transport policy and deregulation are covered. In addition a number of specific topics such as parking, non-motorised transport modes and urban transport in developing countries are included. Urban Transport will be of interest for anybody involved in academic and applied research in the field of transport, from various disciplinary backgrounds (civil engineering, economics, transport planning, urban planning, environmental sciences). It is precisely because of the broad range of disciplines involved that a collection of classic articles will prove to be useful for many readers.