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Lei Zhang
Herbert Rabin Distinguished Professor
Director, National Transportation Center
Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering
1173 Glenn Martin Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Tel: (301) 405-2881
Email: lei@umd.edu

 

ENCE 370

Introduction to Transportation Engineering and Planning; (3 credits)

Description: The main objectives of this course are to:

  1. Introduce students to the basic characteristics of transportation systems, including highways, urban public transportation, air transportation, maritime and inland waterway transportation systems;
  2. Develop the students’ ability to analyze the performance and effectiveness of various transportation systems;
  3. Introduce students to transportation demand analysis and forecasting methods;
  4. Improve the students’ ability to apply optimization, statistics, queuing and economic analysis methods in planning, designing and operating transportation systems.

Outline

                                                                                                                 Readings
Week 1            Introduction                                                                          1.1, 1.2
                       Transportation System Characteristics                                    1.3 – 1.5
                       Probability and Statistics                                                        13.1 – 13.6
Week 2            Vehicle Motion                                                                       2.1 – 2.3
Week 3            Geometric Design                                                                  2.4
Week 4            Traffic Flow Characteristics                                                     3.1 – 3.7
Week 5            Highway and Intersection Capacity                                          4.5 – 4.6         
Week 6            Traffic Signals                                                                        4.7 – 4.10
Week 7            Queuing Analysis                                                                   14.1, 14.2
                       Queuing and Simulation Models                                               14.3, 14.4
                       MIDTERM EXAM, March 13, Friday, 1 ~ 1:50pm                         
Week 8            Spring Break
Week 9            Intelligent Transportation Systems                                           6.4 – 6.6
                       Transportation Planning                                                          7.1 – 7.6
                       Travel Demand Forecasting Overview                                      8.1
Week 10          Trip Generation                                                                      8.2
                       Trip Distribution                                                                     8.3
                       Mode Choice                                                                         8.4
Week 11          Trip Assignment                                                                     8.5
                       Four-Step Travel Demand Model Applications                     
Week 12          Traffic Impact Studies                                                             9.1, 9.2
                       Air Quality, Noise and Energy Consumption                              10.1 – 10.5
Week 13          Introduction to Transportation Economics                                  11.1 – 11.5
                       Evaluations and Choice                                                         
Week 14          Introduction to Transportation Safety                                        Handout
                       Crash Reporting
                       Conflict Analysis and Safety Countermeasures
Week 15          Multimodal Transportation: Rail, Water, Air                                5.1 – 5.4
                       Land Use and Urban Transportation Modes                                6.2 – 6.3
                       Pedestrians, Bicycles, and Transit Systems Capacity                  4.1 – 4.4
Week 16          Class Review
                       FINAL EXAM   Friday, May 15, 1:30-3:30pm

 

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