014703 Introduction to Transportation Planning

Course Objectives

The purpose of the course is to provide the students with some basic concepts in transportation: The relationship between the  transportation system, land use dissemination and human activities, study methods to analyze transport systems, development of sustainable transport facilities and tools to assist decision making in transport planning.

The course will include discussion of the role of the transportation systems and the Importance of the way it is integrated in the urban system. The course will also include selected topics in transport planning and policy development, basic models for predicting transport demand such as buses and trains. We will discuss various types of data that are required to develop and evaluate alternatives transport systems. We will review examples from Israel’s transportation such as the development plans of Israel railways and mass transit in the three metropolises.

Course content

A. Introduction

  1. The relationship between the transport system and the urban system
  2. Transport planning process
  3. Evaluation of transportation projects: economic, environmental and social considerations

B. Data Collection

  1. Review of the types of data
  2. Data collection methods

C. Transportation systems analysis model

  1. The serial approach to travel forecast
  2. Trip Generation models
  3. Trip Distribution models
  4. Modal Split models
  5. Trip Assignment
  6. New approaches to transportation systems analysis

D. Transportation planning and evaluation of transportation projects

  1. Cost-benefit approach
  2. Multi-criteria approach
  3. Sustainable transport planning


Contact Hours

Lecture: 2 hours

Recitation: 1 hour

House Work: 4 hours.