- Understand what transportation system do, at present and through history.
- Understand the nature of travel demand.
- Comprehend how transportation systems interact with society and the economy.
- Learn concepts in transportation planning.
- Understand goods movement functions from a regional and interregional perspective.
- Identify and explain how technological and culture changes will affect transportation planning processes in the future.
Transportation is a key element of economic and social systems. This course defines and explains core concepts of transportation, such as the access and mobility functions of transportation, travel as a derived demand, induced travel and triple convergence, trip origin and destination, trip tours, the roles of travel modes, price elasticity, demand/capacity relationships, and transportation networks.
The course concludes with comments about how technology, such as autonomous vehicles, disrupts transportation systems and affects these understandings.