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Transportation Planning: Principles and Practices of Transportation Finance

This course explains principles of transportation finance and reviews the general structure for funding transportation projects. Learn about the history of U.S. funding, from strong local funding to state and federal involvement to regional funding sources.

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Course Info

  • Duration 8 video lessons (62 Mins)
  • Published Published
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (3 mins)
  • 2. Evolution of the U.S. Transportation System (9 mins)
  • 3. The Structure of U.S. Transportation Finance (11 mins)
  • 4. Key Policy Issues (7 mins)
  • 5. Planning, Programming, and Funding (6 mins)
  • 6. Equity (12 mins)
  • 7. Current Issues (7 mins)
  • 8. Wrap-Up (3 mins)

What You Will Learn

  • Learn how transportation finance has evolved to current practice
  • Review the general structure of finance mechanisms in the United States
  • Identify the key policy issues in transportation finance
  • Learn about how planning, programming and finance are linked
  • Explore alternative issues in equity that apply to transportation finance
  • Learn about current issues in transportation finance and project delivery

Course Description

Transportation facilities and programs require large amounts of capital and operations funding. The menu of funding sources is complex, including federal and state sources based on gas and other taxes, local funds based on self-help sales taxes, general revenues, user fees, and many other sources.

This courses explains principles of transportation finance and reviews the general structure for funding projects. It reviews the history of U.S. funding from strong local funding to state and federal involvement to regional funding sources.

Learn these skills

  • Economics
  • Equity
  • Financing
  • Land Use
  • Law and Policy
  • Parking
  • Pedestrian Planning
  • Public Health
  • Sustainability
  • Transportation
  • Urban Design
  • Walkability


This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.


This course is approved for 1 CNU-A credit.


This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point.

Meet Your Instructor

Richard Willson

Richard Willson

Richard Willson is a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Dr. Willson's research addresses parking policy, climate change planning, land/use transportation relationships, travel demand management, and transit-oriented development.

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