The Transportation Planning specialization prepares students for involvement in the dynamic process of the movement of people and goods. Transportation planning covers a wide array of topics including interaction with land use, economic development, transportation demand, sustainability, safety and security, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), and context-sensitive solutions.
The field of transportation planning needs a variety of specialists with different strengths, skills, and areas of expertise. Professionals with design abilities can shape neighborhoods, districts, and metropolitan regions to efficiently accommodate all transportation modes. Quantitatively-oriented demand modelers use advanced choice modeling and statistical analysis to estimate and forecast demand for transportation facilities. People who study policy and externalities shape local, national, and international practices that touch on such sensitive issues as the rights to privacy surrounding red light cameras and vehicle tracking through GPS.
Employment opportunities can take transportation planners into local, state, and national government positions; into regional visioning at metropolitan planning organizations (which have their roots in a mandate for regional planning in order to receive federal transportation funds); to private consulting firms with expertise in transportation planning and engineering; among private transportation firms, such as airlines, trucking companies, and railroads; into advocacy groups promoting environmentally friendly and socially equitable transportation systems; or, into a number of other smaller ventures that require specialized understanding of how to accommodate and facilitate the movement of people and goods.
Elective courses are offered in the City and Regional Planning program with complementary courses in the Civil Engineering program.Foundational Course:
CRP 814 Public Transit
CRP 815 Transportation Innovation
CRP 889 Selected Topics in Planning
CRP 890 Directed Studies in City and Regional Planning
CE 311 Transportation Engineering Planning and Design (undergraduate course: must make special arrangement with instructor to create graduate-level directed study course)
CE 610 Traffic Engineering Operations (prerequisite: CE 311 or permission of the instructor)