Intro to Transportation Systems Analysis


Units: 6


This course covers fundamentals of planning, design, and operation of roadway transportation. Topics covered include basic traffic flow theory, traffic signal design and evaluation, transportation planning, pricing of transportation systems, and basic data analytics techniques. It also teaches the basics of the travel behavior model to understand planning of public transit services. The objective is to develop the capability to: 1) understand the principles of transportation planning, transportation economics and system management; 2) analyze transportation systems with emerging mobility data; and 3) apply methodologies to solve transportation system problems and develop management strategies/policies.

Learning Outcomes

The objective of this course is to provide students with a solid introduction to the principles of transportation system analysis with the focus on planning and traffic operation. The material learned will provide the basic skill set that will allow students of either engineering or public policy background to solve transportation problems that are likely to appear in professional practice, on the Fundamentals of Engineering exam (FE), and in development of transportation policies. The material also serves as foundation for future coursework in transportation and smart communities.

Prerequisites Description

Basics of statistics, probability theory and calculus, equivalent course, or permission of instructor.