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Transportation Planning: The Role of Transportation Systems in Social and Economic Life

By the end of this course, you will have a strong understanding of the way in which transportation systems interact with society and the economy.

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Course Info

  • Duration 9 video lessons (47 Mins)
  • Published Published
  • 4.38
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    Understanding Travel Behavior
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    Causality in Transportation
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    Key Concepts
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    Jurisdiction Context for Transportation
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    Goods Movement and Interregional Perspective
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    The Future as Evolution or Revolution
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What You Will Learn

  • 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.

Course Description

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.

Learn these skills

  • Economics
  • Equity
  • Land Use
  • Law and Policy
  • Parking
  • Pedestrian Planning
  • Transportation
  • Urban Design
  • Walkability


This course is approved for .75 AICP CM credit


This is 1 LU.


This course is approved for .75 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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Very clear structure to the course, and good to think about these basic elements when planning transportation.
- John G.
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Enjoyed the professionally produced video clips, very clean and sleek presentation.
- Adam K.
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I appreciated the incorporation of freight transportation in the course. I find that's often overlooked.
- Philip L.
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The course was very concise and a good introduction to the topic, making me very eager to continue the track. I really appreciated the textbook recommendations at the end.
- Mary E.
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