Strategic Transport Planning (ITLS6102)


Strategic transport planners advise the government on where to plan new infrastructure, where to expand existing infrastructure, or where to introduce or expand public transport services. When deciding on such large long-term investments in infrastructure and transit services, all government bodies - federal, state, and local - rely on forecasts of the effects of these investments on traffic flows, congestion, and impacts on the environment. This unit provides a basic understanding of the main principles underlying strategic transport models for forecasting, and the knowledge to critically assess forecasts of transport strategies made by transport planners. Students acquire knowledge of strategic forecasting models used by government and consultants as well as the methods to capture travel behaviour such as mode choice and route choice. Simple mathematical models will be discussed in detail, along with numerical examples and applications in the Sydney Metropolitan Area, which are used to illustrate the principles of the methods. The unit equips students to build simple transport models in the computer lab using specialised transport planning software used by governments and consultants.

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6 x 3.5 hr lectures, 6 x 3.5 hr computer laboratory. Refer to timetable for full details.


Individual reports (50%), group report (30%), in-class exams (20%)


Ortuzar J de D and Willumsen LG (2011) Modelling Transport

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ITLS5200 or TPTM6495

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