Urban Transportation Planning OpenCourseWare: A Free MIT Graduate Study Urban Transportation Course

Published Jan 05, 2009

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Learn how to plan transportation routes, without forgetting the importance of of urban citizens and their need for efficient transportation, in this free OpenCourseWare offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 'Urban Transportation Planning' covers the cost of urban transportation systems and touches on every aspect of their planning, including people's habits, automobiles and cost. This graduate-level course requires students to have a background in economics, but neither familiarity with transportation systems or prior transportation coursework is required.

Urban Transportation Planning: Course Specifics

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Urban Transportation Planning: Course Description

This course delves into the reality of transportation systems - and how people affect them. Transportation systems are highly complex and need to improve the users' quality of life, be environmentally responsible and develop the community's economy. This engineering course about transportation planning in major cities is offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)'s School of Engineering in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It outlines various modes of urban transportation and their benefits and disadvantages. The effects of a variety of transportations systems and the importance of incorporating both quality and efficiency into transportation systems is covered in the course. Students learn how to make urban transportation systems efficient by incorporating low cost, high (yet manageable) vehicle density, travel speed and safety. MIT professors, Frederick Salvucci and Mikel Murga teach this course about determining the types of transportation system, meeting the expectations of urban users and effectively and responsibly using energy. Students learn about methods to implement change in urban transportation systems so they are safer and more effective, and about difficulties in implementing those changes.

Notes, lectures and study materials are available for this course for free online. To check it out, visit the urban transportation planning course page.

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