Transit Management OpenCourseWare: A Free MIT Graduate Study Course on Public Transportation Systems Management

Published Jan 07, 2009

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Learn how to manage transportation systems in this free OpenCourseWare offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 'Transit Management' uses discussions of topics like marketing, finances, labor relations and organizational models in order to illustrate the scope of the challenge of managing large-scale transit systems. This graduate-level course has no prerequisites and will be most beneficial to those completing a Master of Science degree in Transportation.

Transit Management: Course Specifics

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Transit Management: Course Description

To make public transportation more effective, it's important to first understand factors that influence people to use it, such as urban growth, a shift in demographics, technological advances and transit system that meet public expectations. This OpenCourseWare provided by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)'s School of Engineering in Cambridge, Massachusetts, covers arguments in favor of public transportation and outlines strategies to make mass-transit systems work. Cost, marketing strategies, safety and public availability can all work to the advantage of transit management professionals to help improve the number of riders taking advantage of transit systems. Students will study different transit system examples to learn what works, what doesn't and ways to implement the strategies that do. Students will take into consideration the different transit organizational schemes and types of contracts and costs associate with each. MIT professor Nigel Wilson teaches this OpenCourseWare about the issues and concerns of transit management including economics, marketing and public interest.

Free lectures, notes and study materials are available online. For further information, visit the transit management course page.

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