Evolving Transportation Networks

  • Feng Xie
  • David M. Levinson
Part of the Transportation Research, Economics and Policy book series (TRES, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-1
  2. Antecedents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2

    1. Feng Xie, David M. Levinson
      Pages 3-5
    2. Feng Xie, David M. Levinson
      Pages 7-23
    3. Feng Xie, David M. Levinson
      Pages 25-30
  4. Network Growth in the Past

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-32

    1. Feng Xie, David M. Levinson
      Pages 33-43
    2. Feng Xie, David M. Levinson
      Pages 45-53
    3. Feng Xie, David M. Levinson
      Pages 55-70
    4. Feng Xie, David M. Levinson
      Pages 71-83
  6. Spontaneous Organization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-86

    1. Feng Xie, David M. Levinson
      Pages 87-99
    2. Feng Xie, David M. Levinson
      Pages 101-126
    3. Feng Xie, David M. Levinson
      Pages 127-137
  8. Land Use

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-140

    1. Feng Xie, David M. Levinson
      Pages 141-156
    2. Feng Xie, David M. Levinson
      Pages 157-176
  10. Governance and Planning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-178

    1. Feng Xie, David M. Levinson
      Pages 179-198
    2. Feng Xie, David M. Levinson
      Pages 199-221

About this book


Over the last two centuries, the development of modern transportation has significantly transformed human life.  The main theme of this book is to understand the complexity of transportation development and model the process of network growth including its determining factors, which may be topological, morphological, temporal, technological, economic, managerial, social or political.  Using multidimensional concepts and methods, the authors develop a holistic framework to represent network growth as an open and complex process with models that demonstrate in a scientific way how numerous independent decisions made by entities such as travelers, property owners, developers, and public jurisdictions could result in a coherent network of facilities on the ground. 


Models are proposed from innovative perspectives including self-organization, degeneration, and sequential connection to interpret the evolutionary growth of transportation networks in explicit consideration of independent economic and regulatory initiatives.  Employing these models, the authors survey a series of topics ranging from network hierarchy and topology to first mover advantage.  The authors demonstrate, with a wide spectrum of empirical and theoretical evidence, that network growth follows a path that is not only logical in retrospect, but also predictable and manageable from a planning perspective.  In the larger scheme of innovative transportation planning, this book provides a re-consideration of conventional planning practice and sets the stage for further development on the theory and practice of the next-generation, evolutionary planning approach in transportation, making it of interest to scholars and practitioners alike in the field of transportation.


Coevolution First Mover Advantage Governance Land Use-Transportation Networks Planning Transportation

Authors and affiliations

  • Feng Xie
    • 1
  • David M. Levinson
    • 2
  1. 1.Metropolitan Washington Council of GoverWashington D.C.USA
  2. 2., Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-9804-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-9803-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-9804-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-4387
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