CE 261 Transportation Planning
Prerequisite: CE 148 Transportation Systems or instructor permission
Classroom: Santa Clara Hall 1118D
Class Time: Thursday: 5:45 - 8:30 PM
Office Hours: Wednesday 5:45 - 8:30 PM & Right after class time
CE 261 Transportation Planning course provides a complete overview of planning of transportation infrastructure for different modes i.e. road, public transit, non-motorized transport, etc. This course explores a broad range of topics that touch on method, policy, process, and design in the transportation planning area. Further, the application of the aforementioned theoretical concepts and the common practice are also explained in detail. The historical evolution and development of key transportation institutions, policies, and methods are analyzed, using examples from California and the United States. Additionally, at least three lab sessions will be conducted to provide students with the experience of the application of transportation planning concepts.
Expected Student Learning Outcomes
The expected student learning outcomes have been mapped to the ABET a-k outcomes. Upon successful completion of this course, the student should:
- Understand the concepts of transportation planning, its nature, legal framework, components, process, and products at federal, state, and local levels.
- Understand the urban travel characteristics and data needs for transportation systems planning.
- Become familiar with the history, concepts, theory, and implementations in travel demand modeling.
- Explain how transportation projects are funded in California.
- Aware of environmental considerations in the transportation planning process.
- Gain hands-on experience on data analysis tools (python), travel demand modeling (Cube Voyager), and emission models (EMFAC).
- Identify, analyze, and solve transportation problems using the techniques and software taught in this course.
- Attendance - 10%
- Assignments - 40%
- Project & Presentation - 50%
Textbook and Reference
- Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), Transportation Planning Handbook, 3rd Edition Edition,2009
- Modelling Transport, 4th edition, Juan de Dios Ortuzar and Luis G. Willumsen (2011, Wiley)
- Applications of New Travel Demand Forecasting Techniques to Transportation Planning
- Each individual has to complete a project that deals with transportation problems
- Project consists of a proposal document (at least a page), proposal presentation (at least 5 min), final project presentation (at least 12 min) and final project report (at least five-page)
- Project final report should consist of the following:
- Abstract ( What was done in the project )
- Problem Statement ( What problem is solved in the project )
- Methodology ( How did you solve the problem )
- Data ( What kind of data used – if used)
- Results/Recommendations ( What are the results of the project)
- References ( What are the literature or data sources)
- Students are highly encouraged to choose their project topics; however, the Instructor might help if the student fails to choose.
- Extensions on assignments/project will be granted only in case of emergency or special circumstances. Assignments handed in late without authorized extensions will be penalized one-third of a grade per day.
- Assignments are due prior to 5:45 pm on the dates indicated on Assignments.
- Students must get familiar with python during the course.
- Install Anaconda using following instructions: https://docs.anaconda.com/anaconda/install/index.html
- Spyder IDE is recommended.
|2/03/2022||Week2||Introduction to Transportation Planning||Lecture 1|
|2/10/2022||Week3||Tools for Transportation Data Processing||Lecture 2 & Assignment 1 & Lab 1|
|2/17/2022||Week4||Transportation Finance & Funding||Lecture 3|
|2/24/2022||Week5||Introduction to Travel Demand Modeling||Lecture 4|
|Lecture 5 & Assignment 2|
|3/17/2022||Week8||Travel Demand Modeling Lab
Project Proposal Presentations
|3/24/2022||Week9||Spring Break||No Class|
|3/31/2022||Week10||Chavez Day||No Class|
|4/7/2022||Week11||Travel Demand Modeling Applications||Lab3 & Assignment 3|
|4/14/2022||Week12||Transport Planning at Governmental Agencies
Transit & Non Motorized Transport Planning
Planning for Parking
|Lecture 8 & Assignment 4|
|4/28/2022||Week14||Travel Demand Management
Integrating Safety into Planning
|5/5/2022||Week15||New Mobility Options and Advanced Topics
Work on Student Projects
|5/12/2022||Week16||Final Project Presentations||No Lecture|
|5/19/2022||Week17||Final Project Report||Project Report Due|