Transportation Policy and Planning Concentration

Faculty Advisers

Robert Noland (co-coordinator), John Pucher (co-coordinator), and Michael Smart (co-coordinator)



The transportation policy and planning concentration provides a broad survey of the field as well as a critical evaluation of current and alternative policies and practical application of planning methods. Urban transport systems are examined in the context of environmental, energy, safety, equity, financial, and health impacts. Particular focus is placed on public transit planning, non-motorized modes such as walking and bicycling, international perspectives, environmental issues, and the coordination of land use and transportation planning. Students must take three of the seven core courses, and choose one elective from either the other core courses or from the listing of recommended courses below for a total of four courses. A graduate planning studio with a transportation focus or component is strongly recommended.


Required Courses (you must take at least three or four of the following courses)

34:970:555 Urban Transportation Policy Analysis
34:970:556 Urban Transportation Planning
34:970:553 Transportation and the Environment
34:970:554 Transportation and Land Use
34:970:557 International Transport Policy
34:970:558 Public Transit Planning and Management
34:970:660 Walking and Cycling for Sustainable Cities


Recommended Courses (additional elective courses to bring total to four)

Civil and Environmental Engineering:
16:180:528 Public Transportation Systems
16:180:531 Traffic Engineering
16:180:532 Transportation Planning
16:180:533 Traffic Operations
16:180:537 Intelligent Transportation Systems
16:180:539 Advanced Transportation Economics and Modeling


Urban Planning and Public Policy:
34:970:508 Comprehensive Planning
34:970:527 Advanced Multivariate Methods
34:970:575 Locational Conflict
34:970:591 Introduction to GIS for Planning and Public Policy
34:970:592 Topics in GIS
34:970:594 Program Evaluation
34:970:601 Introduction to Planning and Design
34:970:618 Environmental Planning and Management
34:970:619 Environmental Economics and Policy


Course offerings in Civil and Environmental Engineering are subject to change from year to year. Other courses may satisfy the elective requirement if approved by the concentration coordinator. Additional Urban Planning and Public Policy courses may also satisfy the elective requirement if approved by the concentration coordinator. Students are encouraged to consider a Directed Study which may substitute for one elective course.


Graduate Certificates

Students in this concentration may be interested in the Graduate Certificate in Transportation Studies and the Graduate Certificate in Transportation Management: Vulnerability, Risk, and Security. Contact your faculty advisor for more information.


Other Areas of Concentration:

Environmental and Physical Planning
Housing and Real Estate
International Development and Regional Planning
Transportation Policy and Planning
Urban and Community Development