014730 – Introduction to Transportation Systems

Course Objectives

This course will provide students with basic principles in transportation planning, the interaction between transportation and land use, methods to analyze and evaluate transportation systems, sustainable transportation developments, cost benefit analysis and other tools to assist policy makers. The course will discuss the role of the transportation system and its importance in the urban system, selected topics in transportation planning issues in Israel today, travel demand models (the four step model and new directions), data collection for model development, and transport project appraisal.  The course will be based on examples from major projects under development in Israel today.

Course Contents

A.Introduction a. The land use transport interrelations b. The process of transportation planning and its objectives c. Appraisal of transport projects: economic, environmental and social considerations

B. Data Collection and Processing a. Data types for transportation planning and travel demand models b. Data collections methods

C. Travel Demand Modeling a. The four step approach b. Trip generations models c. Trip distribution models d. Mode choice models e. Traffic assignment models f. The activity-based approach

D. Transportation Planning and Project Appraisal a. The cost-benefit approach b. The multi-criteria approach c. Sustainable transportation planning


014003 – Statistics

014705 – Fundamentals of Transportation Engineering

Reading Requirements

  • J. de D. Ortuzar and L.G. Wilumesen “Modeling Transport”, John Wiley & Sons, Third Edition, 2001.

Contact Hours per Week

Lecture: 2 hours

Recitation: 1 hour