Public Transportation Service and Operations Planning OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Online Graduate Study Course on Public Transportation Systems

Published Jan 07, 2009

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Discover the evolution of public transportation systems and the factors that still influence them in this graduate-level free OpenCourseWare offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 'Public Transportation Service and Operations Planning' focuses on buses and railways and covers topics like the cost of the public transportation service and trends in transportation policy. Though there are no specific prerequisites for this course. It will be of most interest to those pursuing a Master of Science degree in Transportation.

Public Transportation Service and Operations Planning: Course Specifics

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Public Transportation Service and Operations Planning: Course Description

In New York City, a significant percentage of the population uses public transportation. In other major cities the number is significantly lower. This free OpenCourseWare provided by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)'s School of Engineering in Cambridge, Massachusetts, focuses on the growth of public transportation services over the last 25 years, the rebuilding of old systems, technological innovations and recent trends in the industry. Students discover the reasons for the low ridership, including low automobile costs, a trend towards suburban living and well-developed urban road systems. The course covers the changes needed to to draw in new riders, including safety, low costs and environmental health. Learn about the different systems available as forms of public transportation, operating costs and passenger capacity. MIT Professor Nigel Wilson teaches this course on public transportation services and planning transit operations, including the issues associated with each.

Lectures, notes and study materials are available for this OpenCourseWare are available free online. To learn more, visit the public transportation service and operations planning course page.

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