This course introduces students to key transportation planning issues dealt with at the municipal level, including residential street design, street design for major thoroughfares, coordination of land-use and transportation planning, transit planning, approaches to addressing traffic congestion, and parking policy.
As students learn about these different transportation planning topics, the course will also teach a number of key skills critical to any transportation planner. By the end of the semester, students who successfully complete the course will learn to:
Explain the connections between travel
behavior and urban form as defined by density, diversity, and design.
Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of local transportation planning tools and policies. In particular, students will learn introductory-level strategies to apply five key evaluation metrics for transportation plans and policies:
Do they improve accessibility for all modes (e.g., private vehicles, transit vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists)?
Do they improve accessibility for all population groups?
Do they improve local quality of life (beyond providing accessibility benefits)?
Do they reduce impacts of the transportation system on the natural environment?
Do they equitably distribute the costs and/or benefits of the transportation system?
Evaluate the effectiveness of transportation plans and policy tools by finding reliable research and data and using the information to assess the likely outcomes of those plans or policy tools.
(SJSU course catalogue descriptions: URBP 256: Examination of transportation planning issues addressed at the neighborhood and municipal level. Not to substitute for transportation engineering. Course may be repeated for credit when topic changes. // ENVS 178 & URBP 178: Overview of urban transportation as a social essential. Technical, operational, social, environmental, land use, economic and fiscal aspects of urban transportation systems of all modes. Prerequisite: Upper division standing or instructor consent.)
Thursdays, 7:15 – 10:00 p.m., in CL 229 (campus map) - NOTE NEW ROOM!
There are no prerequisites, and both upper division undergraduate students and all graduate students are welcome. Graduate students should enroll in URBP 256, and undergraduates should enroll in either URBP 178 or ENVI 178.
Phone: (408) 924-5853
Office: Room 218C in Washington Square Hall (enter through room 216)
Instructor website: http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/weinstein.agrawal/
Office hours for Spring 2009: Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., and Thursdays, 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Policy effectiveness analysis
General plan sustainability analysis
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