Transportation Policy and Planning

Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Courses

UP M150. Transportation Geography. (4)
(Same as Geography M149.) Lecture, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Study of geographical aspects of transportation, with focus on characteristics and functions of various modes and on complexities of intra-urban transport. P/NP or letter grading. (Brian Taylor, Michael Smart, Allison Yoh)

Special Topics Courses

UP 249. Special Topics in Transportation Policy and Planning. (4)
Lecture, three hours. Topics in transportation policy and planning selected by faculty members. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.
UP 249-1 Travel and the Aging Population (Spring 2013, Martin Wachs)
UP 249-2 Electric Drive Vehicles: Technologies and Policies (Spring 2013, Williams)

Transportation and Land Use Courses

UP M250. Transportation and Land Use: Urban Form. (4)
(Formerly numbered M254.) (Same as Public Policy M220.) Lecture, three hours. Historical evolution of urban form and transportation systems, intrametropolitan location theory, recent trends in urban form, spatial mismatch hypothesis, jobs/housing balance, transportation in strong central city and polycentric city, neotraditional town planning debate, rail transit and urban form. Letter grading. (Brian Taylor, Martin Wachs)

UP 251. Transportation and Land Use: Parking. (4)
(Formerly numbered 252.) Lecture, three hours. Parking is key link between transportation and land use, but that link has been widely misunderstood. Transportation engineers typically assume that free parking simply is there at end of most trips, while urban planners treat parking as transportation issues that engineers must study. No profession is intellectually responsible for parking, and everyone seems to assume that someone else is doing hard thinking. Mistakes in planning for parking help to explain why planning for transportation and land use has in many ways gone slowly, subtly, incrementally wrong. Study of theory and practice of planning for parking and examination of how planning for parking in U.S. has become planning for free parking. Exploration of new ways to improve planning for parking, transportation, and land use. Letter grading. (Donald Shoup)

UP 252. Transportation and Land Use: Urban Design Studio. (4)
Studio, three hours. Students of different backgrounds and interests collaboratively and individually analyze and propose solutions for actual transportation planning and urban design problem. Course simulates real-world professional planning project of type that students might be assigned if working for consulting firms or public agencies. Students acquire ability to collect and synthesize evidence typically marshaled by transportation planning and urban design professionals, urban and site analysis capabilities, design and physical planning skills, and data analysis and design presentation and re-presentation abilities. Letter grading. (Tim Higgins)

Transportation Methods and Applications Courses

C&EE 180. Introduction to Transportation Engineering. (4)
Lecture, four hours; discussion, two hours; outside study, six hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. General characteristics of transportation systems, including streets and highways, rail, transit, air, and water. Capacity considerations including time-space diagrams and queueing. Components of transportation system design, including horizontal and vertical alignment, cross sections, earthwork, drainage, and pavements. Letter grading.

C&EE 181. Traffic Systems Analysis. (4)
Lecture, four hours; fieldwork/laboratory, two hours; outside study, six hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Applications of traffic flow theories; data collection and analyses; intersection capacity analyses; simulation models; traffic signal design; signal timing design, implementation, and performance evaluation; Intelligent Transportation Systems concept, architecture, and integration. Letter grading.

UP M206B. Advanced Geographic Information Systems. (4)
(Same as Public Policy M224B.) Studio, three hours. Requisite: course M206A or Public Policy M224A. Knowledge and skill development necessary to plan, design, develop, and publish Web-based geographic information systems (GIS) solution. Coverage of basics of Internet programming languages, including Javascript, jQuery, CSS, and HTML. Exploration of different Web-authoring tools, including WordPress as content management platform, Google Maps API, and ArcGIS Server. Students draw on prior experience with ArcMap to create spatial layers for dynamic interaction with Web-mapping solutions. Letter grading.

UP M253. Travel Behavior Analysis. (4)
(Formerly numbered M256.) (Same as Public Policy M221.) Lecture, three hours. Requisites: courses 207 and 220B, or Public Policy 201 and 203. Descriptions of travel patterns in metropolitan areas, recent trends and projections into future, overview of travel forecasting methods, trip generation, trip distribution, mode split traffic assignment, critique of traditional travel forecasting methods and new approaches to travel behavior analysis. Letter grading. (Brian Taylor, Michael Smart)

UP 254. Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning. (4)
Lecture, three hours. Walking and bicycling are essential components of sustainable transportation systems. In response to growing concerns about access, safety, public health, equity, climate change, and community sustainability issues, many government agencies and private developers are planning to improve pedestrian and bicycle transportation. Exploration of field’s relationship to land use and transportation planning, public health, and environment. Detailed knowledge provided of various bicycle and pedestrian facilities and their appropriate contexts. Examination of bicycle and pedestrian planning in context of overall street design. Essential components of bicycle and pedestrian planning, including policies, programs, funding, and advocacy. In-class exercises and out-of-class planning projects. Letter grading. (Ryan Snyder, Michael Smart) 

UP M255. Transportation Policy and Planning. (4)
(Same as Public Policy M244.) Lecture, three hours. Introduction to the analysis, management, and operation of transportation systems.  Topics covered include:  evaluating transportation system performance; the causes and management of traffic congestion; transportation systems & demand management; complete streets; goods movement; shipping, aviation, and high-speed rail policy and planning; public transportation planning; transportation services for the elderly and disabled; intelligent transportation systems. Letter grading. (Brian Taylor, Martin Wachs)

Transportation Policy Courses

UP M255. Transportation Policy and Planning (4)
(See description above)

UP M256. Transportation Economics, Finance, and Policy. (4)
(Formerly numbered M257.) (Same as Public Policy M222.) Lecture, three hours. Overview of transportation finance and economics; concepts of efficiency and equity in transportation finance; historical evolution of highway and transit finance; current issues in highway finance; private participation in road finance, toll roads, road costs and cost allocation, truck charges, congestion pricing; current issues in transit finance; transit fare and subsidy policies, contracting and privatization of transit services. Letter grading. (Brian Taylor, Martin Wachs)

UP 257. Transportation and Economic Outcomes. (4)
(Formerly numbered 259.) Lecture, three hours. Examination of equity issues related to urban transportation, with focus on complex relationships among urban spatial structure, transportation (travel patterns and transportation investments), and economic outcomes. Role of transportation in improving economic outcomes for low-income and minority households and communities. Letter grading. (Evelyn Blumenberg, Michael Smart)

UP M258. Transportation and Environmental Issues. (4)
(Same as Public Policy M223.) Lecture, three hours. Regulatory structure linking transportation, air quality, and energy issues, chemistry of air pollution, overview of transportation-related approaches to air quality enhancement; new car tailpipe standards; vehicle inspection and maintenance issues; transportation demand management and transportation control measures; alternative fuels and electric vehicles; corporate average fuel economy and global warming issues; growth of automobile worldwide fleet; automobile in sustainability debate. Letter grading. (Rui Wang, Martin Wachs).