Modeling the growth of transportation networks: A comprehensive review

Feng Xie, David Levinson

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This paper reviews the progress that has been made over the last half-century in modeling and analyzing the growth of transportation networks. An overview of studies has been provided following five main streams: network growth in transport geography; traffic flow, transportation planning, and network growth; statistical analyses of network growth; economics of network growth; and network science. In recognition of the vast advances through decades in terms of exploring underlying growth mechanisms and developing effective network growth models, the authors also point out the challenges that are faced to model the complex process of transport development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-307
Number of pages17
JournalNetworks and Spatial Economics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2009


  • Modeling
  • Network growth
  • Transportation


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