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Special Issue "Geographic Information Systems Applications in Transport Planning"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Transportation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Emilio Ortega
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Department of Forest and Environmental Engineering and Management, MONTES, School of Forest Engineering and Natural Resources, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Transport Research Centre (TRANSyT-UPM), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: GIS; transport planning; territorial accessibility; SEA
Prof. Dr. Belén Martín
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Guest Editor
Department of Forest and Environmental Engineering and Management, MONTES, School of Forest Engineering and Natural Resources, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Transport Research Centre (TRANSyT-UPM), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: GIS; transport planning; landscape fragmentation; SEA

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Transport is one of the main human activities. It has important social, economic, and environmental implications in numerous sectors. For this reason, it is crucial that transport planning is carried out taking into account every aspect in which it has implications. This complicated task will be facilitated if authorities in charge of decision making count on appropriate planning tools. Proper transport planning must be sustainable, providing economic and social benefits to the population while minimizing environmental impacts and ensuring equity.

For years, the use of GIS has proven to be an essential tool for the planning of all activities related to the territory, including transport. Numerous applications, methodologies, tools, and expert systems have been developed by the scientific community in recent years. They have been applied in the urban environment to analyze pedestrian mobility, traffic management or public transport planning. On a regional or national scale, numerous GIS-based studies can be found on transport vulnerability, changes in accessibility, impact on landscape quality or habitat fragmentation, related to roads or railroads. These are just a few examples of the many aspects of transportation planning that require the use of GIS. GIS, together with new technical innovations and databases, will make it easier to take decisions to achieve a more sustainable transports system.

This Special Issue of Sustainability aims to provide a chance to exchange research topics related to GIS methodologies or developments in the transport planning field. These GIS-based applications allow the assessment the effects of sustainable urban mobility on a city´s inhabitants, regional or national transport plans, interconnected transport modes, or the effects of climate change in transport, among others. Both original research and review works are welcome for submission. Research topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Active and non-motorized mobility;
  2. Public Transport;
  3. Territorial accessibility changes;
  4. Strategic environmental assessment;
  5. Environmental impacts of transport;
  6. Landscape and infrastructures;
  7. Freight modeling;
  8. Transport and climate change;
  9. Energy consumption;
  10. Eco-driving and eco-routing.

Prof. Dr. Emilio Ortega
Prof. Dr. Belén Martín
Guest Editors

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • GIS
  • transport planning
  • sustainable transport
  • urban mobility
  • road
  • railway
  • pedestrians

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Map-Matching Using Hidden Markov Model and Path Choice Preferences under Sparse Trajectory
Sustainability 2021, 13(22), 12820; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132212820 - 19 Nov 2021
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In the field of map matching, algorithms using topological relationships of road networks along with other data are normally suitable for high frequency trajectory data. However, for low frequency trajectory data, the above methods may cause problems of low matching accuracy. In addition, [...] Read more.
In the field of map matching, algorithms using topological relationships of road networks along with other data are normally suitable for high frequency trajectory data. However, for low frequency trajectory data, the above methods may cause problems of low matching accuracy. In addition, most past studies only use information from the road network and trajectory, without considering the traveler’s path choice preferences. In order to address the above-mentioned issue, we propose a new map matching method that combines the widely used Hidden Markov Model (HMM) with the path choice preference of decision makers. When calculating transition probability in the HMM, in addition to shortest paths and road network topology relationships, the choice preferences of travelers are also taken into account. The proposed algorithm is tested using sparse and noisy trajectory data with four different sampling intervals, while compared the results with the two underlying algorithms. The results show that our algorithm can improve the matching accuracy, especially for higher frequency locating trajectory. Importantly, the method takes into account the route choice preferences while correcting deviating trajectory points to the corresponding road segments, making the assumptions more reasonable. The case-study is in the city of Beijing, China. Full article
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Access to Secondary HSR Stations in the Urban Periphery: A Generalised Cost-Based Assessment
Sustainability 2021, 13(21), 12286; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132112286 - 07 Nov 2021
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Investments in high-speed rail (HSR) development contribute to reducing regional disparities and improving territorial cohesion. When studying the efficacy of HSR investments, the travel time (and effort) spent on getting to and from the HSR station is crucial. In large urban areas there [...] Read more.
Investments in high-speed rail (HSR) development contribute to reducing regional disparities and improving territorial cohesion. When studying the efficacy of HSR investments, the travel time (and effort) spent on getting to and from the HSR station is crucial. In large urban areas there may be more than one station, and a peripheral station may complement the central stations and become a powerful vector for development. The rationale of this paper revolves around the possibility of applying a methodology based on generalised cost (GC) functions to study the advantages of new HSR-related projects in different locations. With this aim, we evaluate a real example in Seville (Spain) to determine whether the improvement in metropolitan accessibility to HSR services justifies the implementation of a new peripheral station, using a methodology to assess the territorial accessibility based on GC functions and modal travel times obtained with GIS methods, followed by an economic assessment based on a cost-benefit analysis. The paper ends with the main conclusions and a discussion of the methodology applied, the reductions in generalised costs resulting from the new station, the relevance of the case study, the limitations of the approach and further research stemming from this study. Full article
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Perceived Usefulness of Airborne LiDAR Technology in Road Design and Management: A Review
Sustainability 2021, 13(21), 11773; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132111773 - 25 Oct 2021
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Airborne light detection and ranging (LiDAR) surveying technology plays an important role in road design, and it is increasingly implemented in the design stage. The ability of LiDAR as a remote sensing technology to be used in non-accessible places (i.e., hilly terrain, steep [...] Read more.
Airborne light detection and ranging (LiDAR) surveying technology plays an important role in road design, and it is increasingly implemented in the design stage. The ability of LiDAR as a remote sensing technology to be used in non-accessible places (i.e., hilly terrain, steep slope) makes it a powerful tool, and it has the potential to provide benefits that simplify existing design processes for designers and practitioners. This paper reviews the application of airborne LiDAR in road design and factors including items from the perceived usefulness of technology. The context of the future direction of LiDAR technology is highlighted in civil engineering road design, roadway inspection and as-built documentation. The implementation of this technology is expected to assist the end-users in developing more manageable planning for road construction and thus to ensure the usage of LiDAR technology is enhanced from time to time, especially in Malaysia. Full article
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