Transport Justice

Designing fair transportation systems

  • Engels
  • 1e druk
  • 9780415638326
  • juli 2016
  • Paperback
  • 240 pagina's
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Access for All aims to develop a new paradigm for transportation planning, based on principles of justice. The book starts from the observation that the principles underlying transportation planning have hardly changed over the past fifty years - in practice, as well as in theory, the focus has been on the performance of the transport system and ways to improve this performance. The goal has been to avoid congestion on the main road system and to achieve free flowing travel as much as possible, given budget restrictions.

On the fringes of mainstream practice and literature, some scholars and advocates have critically addressed the implicit distributive consequences of this approach and have shown who benefits from improvements in the transport system and who loses. This has resulted in calls for policy changes, to redress at least some of the inequities that have developed over time. Access for All aims to develop a new approach to transportation planning that takes distributional effects as its starting point.

Access for All builds on the extensive literature on disparities in mobility and accessibility, including the bodies of research on:

  • spatial mismatch
  • women and transport
  • urban service delivery
  • and the more recent body of literature on transport and social exclusion.

This book argues that a distributive approach to transport (or accessibility) is necessary to systematically address the social disparities found in these bodies of literature. In absence of an explicit distributive approach transport-related social exclusion is inevitable, as it is actually generated by current transportation planning practices.


For academics, this book presents a long-overdue discussion on transport justice from a philosophical perspective. For practitioners, the rules developed in the book may serve as guidance and a starting point for establishing a transportation planning process that is more fair and inclusive. For policymakers, this book sheds light on the shortcomings of current financing, taxation, and project selection schemes and assists them in making informed decisions when implementing interventions in the transportation system. -Journal of the American Planning Association In Transport Justice Martens considers many dimensions of fairness in society's provision of physical accessibility, demonstrating clearly how concepts of justice developed by renowned thinkers like Rawls and Dworkin can be extended to, and quantified in, the assessment of urban transport systems to improve the process of regional transport planning. Martin Wachs, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of California Los Angeles, USA Transport Justice is an exceptionally important and original addition to urban studies literature. Combining theoretical and practical insights, it shows the way in which transportation policy, usually a technical domain focused on efficiency, can be a significant contributor to equity and sets up principles for evaluating transportation systems in terms of the distribution of benefits. Susan S. Fainstein, Author, The Just City Karel Martens has written an insightful, thoughtful book that will transform the field of equity analysis of transportation systems. By focusing on accessibility and establishing new thresholds for analysis, he presents a new analytical framework that focuses on justice. Deb Niemeier, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California Los Angeles, USA Karel Martens observes that justice principles play a key role in the domains of housing, health care and education. In contrast, the domain of transport is dominated by one notion: efficiency, efficiency, efficiency. The choice of subject is therefore in itself already a revolution in our thinking about mobility... This book caters for readers who realize that scientific and societal progress benefits mostly from asking the right questions, even if sometimes there are no ready-made answers. Kris Peeters, Eindelijk, de essentie! In Transport Justice, Martens addresses a large, informed and educated public, targeting both transport specialists, theoreticians and practitioners, as well as students and activists. It covers a very wide range of transportation planning issues. The philosophical sections unfortunately have some gaps. However, each section of the book can be read independently enough, the reader interested in one aspect of the book can concentrate on it. All those working on transportation justice issues will benefit from reading the first two and last three chapters, which will certainly renew the debate about transportation fairness. -Fannie Belanger-Lemay, Urbanites



juli 2016
1e druk
23,5 x 15,2 x 1,9 cm
Aantal pagina's
240 pagina's


Karel Martens
Taylor & Francis Ltd



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