Transportation facilities have been used to encourage economic development, to shape growth patterns, to improve opportunities for disadvantaged persons, and to elevate the general quality of life in and around urban areas. Students in this concentration become competent in developing transportation policies, understanding the interaction between transportation and land use, and measuring transportation demand. They learn how transportation plans are produced, and what regulations govern transportation planning. They investigate new transportation laws and regulations, financing systems, and the impact of transportation facilities or modes on environmental quality.
These students find employment in consulting firms, state transportation agencies, regional organizations, cities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and transportation districts. An online certificate in transportation planning can be earned in addition to the master's degree. University courses suggested for transportation planning are listed below.
- Transportation Research Methods & Analysis
- Transportation Policy and Planning
- Special Topics in Transportation Planning
- Transportation, Urban Form and Sustainability
- Transportation Planning Studio
- Economic Impact Assessment
Civil Engineering Courses
- Traffic Engineering
- Individual Investigations: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Public Health Course
- Global Road Safety