Skip to main content

Transportation Systems

  • Chapter

Part of the Applied Optimization book series (APOP,volume 49)


A transportation system can be defined as the combination of elements and their interactions, which produce the demand for travel within a given area and the supply of transportation services to satisfy this demand. This definition is general and flexible enough to be applied to different contexts. The specific structure of the system is defined by the problem itself (or class of problems) for whose solution it is employed.


  • Transportation System
  • Reference Period
  • Analysis Interval
  • Travel Demand
  • Road Section

These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Buying options

USD   29.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
USD   74.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever

Tax calculation will be finalised at checkout

Purchases are for personal use only

Learn about institutional subscriptions


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Reference Notes

  1. Manheim M. (1979). Fundamentals of transportation systems analysis MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.

    Google Scholar 

  2. Sheffi Y. (1985). Urban transportation networks. Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliff, NJ.

    Google Scholar 

  3. Ortuzar D., and L.G. Willumsen (1994). Modelling Transport John Wiley and Sons, 2nd edition.

    Google Scholar 

  4. Wilson A.G. (1974). Urban and regional models in geography and planning. John Wiley and Sons, London.

    Google Scholar 

  5. Hutchinson G. (1974). Principles of urban transportation systems planning. McGraw-Hill, New York.

    Google Scholar 

  6. Meyer M. D., and E. J. Miller (1984). Urban Transportation Planning. McGraw-Hill, New York.

    Google Scholar 

  7. Boyer K. D. (1998). Principles of transportation economics. Addison Wesley, Longman.

    Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

Copyright information

© 2001 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht

About this chapter

Cite this chapter

Cascetta, E. (2001). Transportation Systems. In: Transportation Systems Engineering: Theory and Methods. Applied Optimization, vol 49. Springer, Boston, MA.

Download citation

  • DOI:

  • Publisher Name: Springer, Boston, MA

  • Print ISBN: 978-1-4757-6875-6

  • Online ISBN: 978-1-4757-6873-2

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive