- Learn how transportation planning has moved for a modeling metaphor to a policy framework.
- Discover the structure of the rational method in planning through the model of the Regional Transportation Plan.
- Identify roles of strategic planning in the transportation field.
- Learn about how policy analysis techniques can address focused transportation problems.
- Understand to role of advocacy planning in transportation Learn about communicative and participatory techniques.
- Identify the roles of regulatory structures in shaping transportation planning processes.
Transportation plans play a crucial role in analyzing issues, setting priorities, and guiding programming. The traditionally rational, comprehensive approach worked well when the goal was to build highway systems, but the context for transportation planning is now more complex. Transportation plans must be multi-modal, be coordinated with land use planning, include community input, and account for environmental and social impacts. This requires a wider variety of plan-making methods.
This course explains the major forms of planning applicable to transportation, including rational comprehensive planning, strategic planning, policy analysis, incremental planning, advocacy planning, and communicative planning. The course also provides examples of how these methods apply to transportation situations, and how they can be used in combination.