Complex Network Topology of Transportation Systems
2013 (English)In: Transport reviews, ISSN 0144-1647, E-ISSN 1464-5327, Vol. 33, no 6, 658-685 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
As a strategic factor for a country to survive in the global competition, transportation systems have attracted extensive attention from different disciplines for a long time. Since the introduction of complex network theory in the last decade, however, studies on transport systems have witnessed dramatic progress. Most roads, streets, and rails are organized as a network pattern, while link flows, travel time, or geographical distance are regarded as weights. In this article, the authors will present the current state of topological research on transportation systems under a complex network framework, as well as the efforts and challenges that have been made in the last decade. First, different kinds of transportation systems should be generalized as networks in different ways, which will be explained in the first part of this paper. We follow this by summarizing network measures that describe topological characteristics of transportation networks. Then we discuss the empirical observations from the last decade on real transportation systems at a variety of spatial scales. This paper concludes with some important challenges and open research frontiers in this field.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 33, no 6, 658-685 p.
complex network, transportation, review, topology, urban systems
Other Civil Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-138374DOI: 10.1080/01441647.2013.848955ISI: 000327422100003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84889668711OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-138374DiVA: diva2:681518
QC 201312202013-12-202013-12-192014-10-13Bibliographically approved