The continual improvement of transportation methods throughout the years has proven invaluable to humanity. Historically, transportation of commodities has been one of the biggest hurdles humans have had to overcome, it took weeks and months for a vessel or caravan to arrive at its destination, not to mention the return trip. Despite the difficulties, however, transportation and transit helped countries import commodities that would have been otherwise unobtainable, and have also allowed cultural and knowledge exchange, further closing the gap between different countries and continents.
In modern times, transportation and transit are comparably instant. What would have taken weeks to achieve, now only takes mere hours or minutes. Yet, now arises a new set of challenges, for no gain is without drawbacks. In populous dense cities, particularly where the urban sprawl has taken hold, people are faced with a multitude of issues pertaining to, including excessive air pollution, congestion, difficulty navigating the city, reliance on automobiles, and more. Not to mention the heavy impact on our environment that is being caused by the aforementioned issues. It is a well-known fact that exhaust fumes from automobiles are one of the major contributors to climate change, and the heavier our reliance on them, the less efficient transit is in general, and the more we deteriorate our planet.
It is pertinent then, that we take a close look at the topic of urban transit planning, and aim to achieve a balanced transportation system. A sustainable approach is needed, more direly in developing countries, if we are to secure a safe future for our planet and future generations. Scholars are continuously developing various methods to improve and refine urban transit. Most recently, the discipline of green fuels, that are produced from biomass sources, proves promising in decreasing the environmental impact of exhaust fumes released from automobiles. A broader approach also looks to wean people away from automobile dependency and build an inclusive transit network that takes not only automobiles but also cyclists and pedestrians.
We at IEREK are proud to announce the 4th Edition of “Urban Transit and Sustainable Networks (UTSN)”, where we will further look into the elements that constitute a balanced and well-functioning transportation system, that serves its people well, and is sustainable throughout generations. Join us and present your research for a chance for your paper to be published in IEREK’s and Springer’s Scopus-indexed ASTI book series.
1. Trading and Economic Transportation
1-1 Supply Chain and Goods Delivery
1-2 Dry Ports and Sustainable Freight Transport Strategies
1-3 Advances in Logistics and Communication
1-4 City Gateways Developments
1-5 Planning Sustainable Networking Systems
2. Technology in Urbanization in Traffic and Transportation
2-1 Public Transport Analysis and Transit Hubs
2-2 Using Smart Technologies and Sustainable Means in Transportation Infrastructure
2-3 Using GIS in Planning Networks and Optimizing Proximity
2-4 Urban Transport as a Tool for Driving City Growth
2-5 Planning Tools, Modeling, and Simulation
3. Green and Sustainable Transportation
3-1 Green Fuel Used in Transport Vehicles
3-2 Electronic Mobility for Better Environment
3-3 Designing and Planning Roads for All; Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Vehicles
3-4 Land Use, Travel Behavior, and Transportation Systems Integration
3-5 Environmental Impact of Transportation Systems
4. Policies and Laws Maintaining Safety and Environmental Sustainability
4-1 Government Policies and Regulations
4-2 Transportation Safety
4-3 Planning to Overcome Road Accidents and Disasters
4-4 Traffic Management Strategies
4-5 Networks Simulation and Overcapacities Solutions
5. Urban Planning and Roads Infrastructure
5-1 Vehicles and Roads Infrastructure
5-2 Designing of Bridges, Tunnels, and Highways
5-3 Planning of Ring Roads and Inner-City Main Roads
5-4 Planning Compact Cities’ Transportation Systems