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An Introduction to Urban Transportation Systems

Master the basic operating elements of urban public transportation systems in this free online course.

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Be introduced to the fundamentals of urban transportation systems in this free online course. You will learn about the significance of urban transportation in minimizing environmental impact and the integration of quality and level of services through various means of service performances. The basic operating elements in public transport and the various steps involved in the planning of bus service guidelines are also discussed.
  • Duration

    4-5 Hours
  • Certification

    Yes
  • Mobile Friendly

    Yes
  • Publisher

    NPTEL
  • Accreditation

    CPD

Description

Modules

Outcome

Certification

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Description

Do you want to learn more about the concept of ‘urbanization’ and its relationship to transport? This free online course starts by analyzing the impact of urbanization on the economy and the growing travel demands of citizens living in urban areas. Next, the course highlights how the GDP (gross domestic product) growth of India specifically is attributed to urbanization and how people below the poverty line are affected by urban sprawl. In addition, the role of transport systems in minimizing crashes and the process of reducing traffic congestion are also discussed. Following on from this, the legal and regulatory challenges and the different institutional frameworks within which urban transport has to operate are explained. The issues regarding the lack of integrated databases and comprehensive design standards for systems are also emphasized.

Next, the course goes on to explain the process of determining the demand for transport in a city. Look at the importance of supply and demand in transportation modelling and how to use the four-step model (FSM) in making this determination. The concepts of ‘quality’ and ‘level of service’ for determining transportation facilities from a traveller’s perspective are then explained. In addition, the various service measures and the step-by-step process of determining the level of service for multilane highways and signalized intersections are discussed. You will study the generic classification of transportation and the various benefits of creating public transport systems, including the differences and similarities between public transportation and private vehicle transportation, and also the challenges involved in improving public transport. Next, the different types of lines, networks, stops and stations, and their functionality are highlighted. The course looks at the role ‘right of way’ plays and the process of determining the fleet size and capacity of transport systems.

Finally, you will learn about different types of travel or vehicle speeds, including the various elements of travel times and speeds, and the classification of public transport based on the right of way, vehicle guidance, propulsion or driving control. Next delve into busses: the fundamental role of bus transportation, the different types of bus networks, and the process of designing and placing stops are all explained. The advantages and disadvantages of busses in terms of flexibility, cost and capacity, and the elements required for planning an efficient bus network in a city are discussed. Further, the service patterns and the comfort and safety of passengers in the bus service paradigm are analyzed. Lastly, the different steps in the planning of bus service guidelines and the various performance indicators employed for testing their services are studied. An Introduction to Urban Transportation Systems is an informative course that will interest students studying civil engineering, transportation engineering and urban planning. If you sign up for this course now, you can start learning today.

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module, you will be able to:


  • Outline the concept of urbanization
  • Explain the relationship between urbanization and  transportation systems
  • Recognize the impact of urbanization on the economy
  • Discuss the role of urban transportation in minimizing environmental impacts
  • Identify the various challenges of urban transportation
  • Outline the importance of supply and demand in transportation modelling
  • Explain the process of determining the travel demand and level of service
  • Identify the various types of transportation
  • Recognize the current scenario of public transportation in India
  • Explain the challenges involved in improving public transportation
  • Describe the basic transit terminologies of public transportation
  • Identify the different steps involved in the planning of bus service guidelines

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