Spring 2022

This is a skill-building course. Its primary goal is to equip students with the state-of-the-practice computing technology in transportation planning. Most lectures and exercises involve working with TransCAD, a GIS package developed primarily for transportation planning and modeling purposes. 
The specific learning objectives of this course are to:

  1. Obtain skills in GIS routine operations and spatial analysis in the TransCAD environment;
  2. Develop strong capabilities to perform analyses using GIS on land use/urban form and travel;
  3. Gain experience in applying TransCAD to the four-step travel demand forecasting and modeling (trip generation, trip distribution, mode choice, and traffic assignment); and
  4. Explore applications of TransCAD GIS to metropolitan transportation studies, for example, evaluation of travel demand management policies, analysis of transportation performance outcome of TOD and other land use initiatives,  and issues in the environmental, economic and social dimension of transportation.

Course participants will learn by doing through the case of Austin, TX region. The course requires a large amount of independent work and places a significant emphasis on hands-on experience. Upon completion of the course, the student is expected to become an experienced TransCAD user for applications in transportation planning and modeling and in policy analyses of metropolitan transportation issues. Increasingly MPOs (Metropolitan Planning Organizations) in Texas and throughout the country are applying TransCAD GIS to develop and update their regional transportation plans. Students with TransCAD skills are found very competitive in the job market.