Introduction to Transportation Planning

Urban Planning

Fall 2012

Andrew Bata, instructor

Although many urban planners see this subject as formulaic models attempting to predict travel behavior, it is more understandable by relating land use to potential transportation connections. The hierarchy of transportation modes begins with the shortest distances between two points—walking, usually up to a distance of a mile or 20 minutes and biking which takes one a bit further. The automobile and various modes of transit, such as the bus and rail, are much more regional and are part of a network. Americas’ love affair with the automobile, furthered by major funding for highways across rural and lower density environments, does not always account for the most appropriate mode of travel. This course contrasted the rise, fall and the latest attempts at knitting together transit into the metropolitan fabric while trying to improve the dilemma of too many people taking to the road.