Urban transportation in the European city of Amsterdam. (Image by Mikel Murga.)
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This course features a complete set of lecture notes, together with a list ofreadings and assignments required for the class.
The history, policy, and politics of urban transportation are discussed in this class. Also covered are the role of the federal government, the "highway revolt" and public transit in the auto era, using analytic tools for transportation planning and policy analysis. The class then explores the contribution of transportation to air pollution and climate change, land use and transportation interactions, together with issues with bicycles, pedestrians, and traffic calming. Examples used in the class are taken mainly from the Boston metropolitan area.
The lecture notes from the class are presented below. Each is courtesy of the lecturer named and used with permission.
Course overview, different perspectives from the instructors
Transport modes and characteristics (speed, capacity, LOS, external impacts…)
Spending other people's money — what are the rules? Economic evaluation, financial evaluation, programming, fiscal constraint, job generation, industrial policy, constituencies, Jack Sprat, and organization choices.