Course Description :

Technological, societal, economic, political, environmental, health and energy effects on planning, design, operation, and management of the transportation system. Modeling of complex interactions and causal relationships among current issues. Principles of optimization for design and operation of the five basic elements of transportation (vehicles, networks, terminals, controls and system administration). Problem definition, objectives identification, model development, alternatives generation and evaluation, and reasoning process for transportation investment.

Specific Course Objectives :
  • Systematically identify the critical issues that confront transportation engineering and planning
  • Apply principles pertaining to the functions of the five basic elements of transportation systems (vehicles, networks, terminals, controls, and system administration) to planning, design, and operations of transportation services
  • Construct models of cause-effect relationships, reasoning and decision-making for transportation investments
  • Critically review transportation policies in the context of contemporary issues; and
  • Identify externalities of transportation and predict the consequences.
Course Prerequisite :
Graduate Standing.
Hours & Credits :
Semester Offered :
Course Comment :
Making smart decisions about transportation investments is critical to improving our transportation system. For the first time, the federal government has explicitly required that agencies establish performance measures with targets through the federal transportation law, MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st century). What does it mean to operate in a performance-driven environment? How will this change affect the profession and all the supporting decision making tools? This on-line course introduces students to the requirements specified by MAP-21 and compares and contrasts them with previous approaches and identifies where they will most affect business-as-usual. -- See this link (https://voicethread.com/share/4983652/) for a brief 2.5min overview of the software that will be used in this class..