Summer 2017

This course surveys transportation problems, planning practice, and policy issues in the international setting with an emphasis on the developing countries, particularly focusing on China. We will take a case study approach, in a workshop format, reviewing the experience across a wide range of economies. A 15-day planning workshop in China is the core part of the course. We will learn from experiencing, observing, participating, and exchanging. This year the client city is Tianjin. Located approximately 90 miles southeast of Beijing, Tianjin is one of the four cities designated by China’s central government as Direct Administrative Municipality that has the governance authority equivalent to provinces. Tianjin and Beijing together with Shijiazhuang, the capital city of Hebei Province, form the Jing-Jin-Ji Megaregion, one of the three growth engines driving China’s fast urbanization in the past four decades. China’s first high-speed rail (HSR) line and the expressway between Beijing and Tianjin has made the corridor a heavily used commuting shed. This year the participants of the China Planning Workshop come from four universities. Aside from the University of Texas at Austin, three other partners include Wuhan University (Wuhan), Renmin University (Beijing), and Tianjin University (Tianjin). Project details for the workshop will be available in June, 2018.

Instructor Contact Information:
Ming Zhang, Ph.D., AICP
Office: SUT 3.124A; Email:
Tel. 512-471-0139