Taubman College

Course List

Term Fall 2011
Class UP 671
Class Title Public Policy and Transportation
Description This course examines surface transportation from a broad public policy perspective, providing an overview of transportation policy and planning. The federal government's role in transportation has changed significantly in the past decade, placing new mandates on the transportation planning profession that include enhanced attention to air quality and other non-mobility concerns such as promoting broader public participation, preserving the environment, and ensuring social equity. The course investigates this changing landscape for transportation planning and its implications for the relationships among federal, state, regional, and local authorities, mostly in the U.S. context but with some applications to developing countries. By introducing the principal laws and regulations that govern transportation planning decisions and by analyzing the most critical issues facing planners today, the course aims to help students develop creative and informed approaches to the techniques of transportation planning and the implementation of policies and regulations that serve broader values and goals. It encourages critical thinking about transportation decisions´┐Ż - the politics behind them, their ethical implications, and their effectiveness at achieving their planning objectives. Other objectives are to become familiar with data sources and methods with an appreciation for the strengths and weaknesses of common analytical techniques; to gain skills in reading transportation plans and policy documents; and to improve skills in writing and speaking about transportation issues.
Prereq Graduate standing
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Meets T TH 4:30-6:00pm 2210 A&AB
Credits 3
Faculty NehaSami, TrevorBrydon
Syllabus UP671.pdf