(cross-listed with CRP 384)


Course Policies and Syllabus




Dr. C. Michael Walton, P.E., ECJ 6.3, 471-1414, cmwalton@mail.utexas.edu

office hours:  appointment preferred



Monday/Wednesday, 11:00-12:30 PM



This course is focused on the transportation’s interrelationship with the urban environment, methodologies for planning multi-modal transportation systems, and developing feasible alternatives.  Emphasis is placed on developing insight into the transportation phenomena and the planning process as well as solving specific problems of limited scope.


Topic Outline

I.          Overview of Metropolitan Transportation Planning

            A.     Early Concepts and Approaches:  Pre-1964

            B.      Contemporary Urban Transportation Planning:  Post-1964

            C.     Recent Legislation:  ISTEA, TEA-21, SAFETEA-LU, and beyond


II.         The Transportation Planning Process

            A.     Legal Requirements

            B.      Functional Components

            C.     Models

            D.     Programming

            E.      Products


III.       Transportation Problems

            A      Issues

            B.      Goals and Objectives

            C.     Evaluation

            D.     Stakeholder Input

            E.      Environment

            F.      Smart Growth and Sustainability

            G.     Energy

            H.     Technology/ITS

            I.       Economic and Financial Issues

            J.       Others


IV.       Modeling

            A.     Transportation Systems Characteristics and Interrelationships

            B.      User Costs and Human Activities

            C.     Travel Demand

            D.     Transportation System Impacts


V.        Transportation Information Systems

            A.     Land Use

            B.      Travel Facilities

            C.     Origin and Destination

            D.     Transit Surveys

            E.      Data Base Management Systems


VI.       Alternative Analysis and Evaluation

A.           Formal Techniques

B.           Decision-Making


VII.      Implementation

            A.     Legislative and Organization

            B.      Finance and Budgeting


VIII.     Concepts of the Future


Grading Policy

 The course will consist of lectures, class discussion, literature searches and reports, research assignments, oral reports and guest lecturers.  The student will be evaluated according to the following guidelines:


Written assignments              50%

Oral presentations                 20%

Class participation                10%

Final Exam                           20%



Drop Policy

 Policies of the Department of Civil Engineering, of the College of Engineering, and of the Graduate School regarding dropping courses and the final date to drop courses will be followed.


Important Dates

Presentations, reports and other assignments to be determined by the class and instructor.

Last Class Day—

Final Examination—


Course Evaluation

The approved MEC course/instructor evaluation form will be used.



The University of Texas at Austin, General Information:  Grades – Letter grades are used to record the instructor’s evaluation of students’ performance in a course.  For graduate courses, the following grades are used:  A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, and F.  Plus/minus grades are recorded only for graduate courses taken by graduate students.  The letter grades that may be assigned to undergraduates enrolled in graduate courses and graduate students enrolled in undergraduate courses are A, B, C, D, and F.


The University of Texas at Austin, The Graduate Catalog:  Letter Grades – Courses in which the student earned a grade of at least a C while registered in the Graduate School may be included in the Program of Work.


The University of Texas at Austin provides, upon request, appropriate academic adjustments for qualified students with disabilities.  Any student with a documented disability (physical or cognitive) who requires academic accommodations should contact the Services for Students with Disabilities area of the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259 as soon as possible to request an official letter outlining authorized accommodations.  For more information, contact that Office, or TTY at 471-4641, or the College of Engineering Director of Students with Disabilities at 471-4321.