Spatial Patterns, Congestion and Modelling
- Transport Economics, Management and Policy series
Edited by Eliahu Stern, IIan Salomon and Piet H.L. Bovy
Preface A growing interest of social scientists in general, and transportation experts in particular, in the European scene has been evident in the last ten years. This growing interest is due to actual scientiﬁc and applied developments in Europe, to the importance of the EC policies and research agenda, and to the trend of studying the difference between North American and European research. This interest also led to talks between the Network of European Communications and Transportation Activity Research (NECTAR) and American transport experts from the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) in California in order to formulate ways of cooperation. This book, apart from contributing to the general understanding of transportation systems, may thus serve as a window to present the four pertinent topics in the ﬁeld of travel behaviour recently studied in Europe. Although it grew out of the fourth NECTAR Euroconference which took place in Israel (1998), it also includes additions written especially for it. In that respect it is wider than a postconference collection of papers. NECTAR is now a professional association which grew out of a European Science Foundation (ESF) funded network during the 1980s. The ESF can see in NECTAR a model in which the support of the networking has paid off. Leaving the nest of the ESF, NECTAR members have decided to continue both the meetings and the research collaboration. The current book is an outcome of this collaboration. The book comprises four parts all based on non-traditional approaches. The ﬁrst part deals...
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