AAG Transportation Geography Specialty Group:
Past Events

2017 AAG Annual Meeting: Boston, MA

The Transportation Geography Specialty Group sponsored or co-sponsored 25 sessions at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, April 5 - April 9, 2017. The group's business meeting was held on April 7, 2017.

The 2017 Edward L. Ullman Award for contributions to the field of Transportation Geography was given to Dr.Isabelle Thomas, Professor of Geography at Universite Catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Over the span of the past 30 years, Dr. Thomas has authored or co-authored over 150 publications, accruing nearly 4000 citations. Her major contributions can be found in a number of sub-disciplines of transportation and urban geography. She was a leading pioneer in the use of fractals to classify and understand urban growth patterns and the spatial structure of built-up urban areas, including transportation networks. She has also been a prominent researcher on road accident analysis both automotive and bicycling crashes leading to work on determinants of cycling and policies for promoting non-motorized transportation. Other noteworthy research touches on aspects of accessibility, commuting, and transportation-land-use modeling. In addition to research, Dr. Thomas has been an active participant in the NECTAR series and has served or is serving on the editorial board of a number of journals.

Calvin Tribby
The 2017 TGSG Ph.D. Dissertation Award was given to Calvin Tribby for Activity Spaces, Route Choices and Neighborhoods: Assessing the Built Environment Associations with Walking, supervised by Harvey Miller, Ohio States University.
Elina Sukaryavichute
The 2017 TGSG Master's Thesis Award was given to Elina Sukaryavichute for Transit Planning, Access, and Social Justice: Competing Visions of Bus Rapid Transit and the Chicago Street, supervised by David Prytherch, Miami University of Ohio.
Anna Bornioli and Rarael Pereira
The 2017 TGSG Student Travel Awards were given to Anna Bornioli, University of the West of England and Rafael Pereira, Oxford University.
2017 Fleming Lecture
Michael Kuby (presenter) and Morton O'Kelly (discussant) at the 2017 Fleming Lecture.

2015 AAG Annual Meeting: Los Angeles, CA

The TGSG sponsored or co-sponsored 37 sessions at the 2015 AAG Annual Meeting in Chicago, in addition to the annual Fleming Lecture.

The 2015 Edward L. Ullman Award for outstanding contributions to the field of transportation geography has been awarded to Karen Lucas, Director of Research and Innovation at the Institute of Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. Karen has made significant contributions in the area of transport-related social exclusion. She has worked with numerous governments, both locally and nationally, to develop policies to help alleviate transport disadvantage and social inequalities. In addition, Karen currently serves as an associate editor for The Journal of Transport Geography.

The 2015 Ph.D. Dissertation Award has been awarded to Astrid Wood for her dissertation entitled Peripatetic Planning. Tracing the Mobility of Bus Rapid Transit through South African Cities completed at the University College London.

The 2015 Master's Thesis Award has been awarded to Simon Cook for Running as Transport from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Travel Awards have been awarded to Mengyao Zhang, University of Connecticut and Jerl Levi McCollum from the University of North Texas.

This year's Fleming Lecture in Transport Geography was given by Bert Van Wee from Delft University of Technology on Thursday, April 23 from 10:00-11:40AM in Grand Suite 3, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level. The title of the talk wass Accessible accessibility research challenges.

2014 Student Award Winners

Abu Toasin Md Oakil
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.
Selima Sultana and Daniel Schleith
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.

2013 Los Angeles Rail Transit Gold / Red Lines and
Transit-Oriented Development Field Trip

TOD Tour

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
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.

2012 AAG Annual Meeting: 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?

Edward L. Ullman Award

The Edward L. Ullman Award has been offered by the Transportation Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers since 1990 for outstanding contributions to the field of transportation geography. Edward Louis Ullman (1912 – 1976) was a highly influential transportation geographer and spent most of his academic career at the University of Washington.

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. This lectureship, which honors the long tradition of transportation studies at Washington, including William Garrison and Edward Ullman, as well as Doug Fleming, is designed to recognize outstanding contributions in the field. Since the Transportation Geography Specialty Group includes most of the academic specialists as well as many people in the transportation sectors of the economy, the department at Washington solicits the recommendation each year of an outstanding person to honor. Past speakers include:

Dissertation and Thesis Award Winners

The TGSG Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation Awards recognize outstanding theses and dissertations in transportation geography. There are two awards, one for best Master's thesis and one for best PhD dissertation. These awards each have a $300 prize, and winners are recognized and receive a plaque at the awards luncheon. We encourage submissions by students who do not necessarily consider themselves transportation geographers but are working on exciting and innovative transportation topics. Students must be members of the AAG to be eligible for either award.

Past Chairs

Annual Reports