Introduction to the Special Issue

Turnquist, Mark A.; Zografos, Konstantinos G.
May 1991
Transportation Science;May91, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p99
Academic Journal
The article introduces the May 1, 1991 issue of the journal "Transportation Science." Hazardous materials transportation is an activity of vital economic importance for any industrial society. At the same time, however, shipments of these materials create risks-the potential for harm to human health and/or the environment. The importance of hazardous materials transportation issues has attracted the attention of the research community as well as that of policy makers and the public at large. The purpose of this special issue of "Transportation Science" is to focus on important current work in this area. The issue includes six articles covering different facets of research in hazardous materials transportation. The opening article presents a comprehensive survey of research related to problems of risk analysis, routing/scheduling and facility location in transportation of hazardous materials. It also offers suggestions for several areas of future research. The journal hopes that, by collecting these papers together, they can create better understanding of the current state-of-the-art and foster even more substantial research efforts in this important area.


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