An Introduction To Urban Transportation Planning:

Challenges, Emerging Methods and New Solutions

Location :

Tampa, Florida

Course objectives
Course Outline
General information


Recent changes in federal legislation have led to a renewed importance for transportation planning. Considerations of clean air, economic development, congestion management, transportation control measures and changing urban form have greatly increased the importance of well planned transportation facilities and policies. Since the quality and vitality of the urban environment relate directly to the nature of its transportation facilities, few issues are so long-term in impact or so controversial in solution.

This short course will: discuss new directions in the urban transportation planning process, discuss its relationship to transportation facilities development, treat specific techniques of analysis and evaluation for urban transportation planning, and discuss possible means of achieving project and societal objectives. This short course will include workshop sessions and will introduce participants to the use of computer solutions to transportation planning and design problems.

Individuals actively engaged in technical or policy-making resolution of urban transportation problems (urban and regional planners, traffic and transportation engineers, municipal engineers, and other technically oriented personnel) are encouraged to participate in the course. The course has been very useful to those who use the results of transportation plans as well as for people who prepare plans and need to know the basis for their plans



8:30-noon: Transportation Planning Overview, - Introduction, areas of concern -- class discussion, , - Current status and future directions in transportation planning. , New transportation regulations and requirements

1:00-5:00 Evaluation of Transportation Plans, Urban Transportation Planning Process, - Decision Oriented Planning,


8:30-noon: Data Collection Requirements and Information Analysis, - Characteristics of urban travel, Population, Economic, and Land-use Forecasts/Modeling,

1:00-5:00 Data Needs for the Analysis of Travel Demand, - Network development and data entry, Trip Generation, Trip Distribution, - Growth models, - Gravity model, - Model calibration,


8:30-noon Fundamentals of transit planning: - Performance Evaluation, - Five year transit Plan, - Alternatives, - Routing and Service options,

1:00-2:00 - Cost and Denand Analysis.

2:00-5:00 Workshop on Transit Development: The Belle Crisis


8:30-10:00 Discussion of Workshop results

10:30-noon: Modal Split Models, Auto Occupancy models

1:00-5:00 Traffic Assignment, - Network calibration and analysis, - Calculation of delay, - Equilibrium approaches


9:00-11:30: Land use design issues and concepts Future Directions in Transportation Planning, Summary and Wrap-up

Adjourn at 11:30 am


The course will be taught by individuals with extensive experience in urban transportation planning and travel forecasting. These are:

Dr. Edward A. Beimborn, Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Dr. Beimborn has worked and written extensively on land use issues, planning methodology, mass transit and evaluation.

Dr. Frederick J. Wegmann, Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Tennessee. Dr. Wegmann is an expert on transportation planning. He has worked with numerous communities on transportation issues and has extensive experience teaching short courses aimed at practicing professionals


This course is being offered through the Florida Department of Transportation for their staff, local government personnel and Florida based consultants. Seats may be available to non-Florida residents. The course is also availible on a contract basis to other agencies

For more information: Call The FDOT at 850-414-4520 or email us at :

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