1.221J / 11.527J / ESD.201J Transportation Systems

Fall 2004

High speed train.
An East Japan Railway Company Shinkansen high speed train. (Photograph by Prof. Joseph Sussman.)

Course Highlights

This class features a complete set of lecture notes from multiple semesters, and assignments and exams from current and past semesters.

Course Description

Approaching transportation as a complex, large-scale, integrated, open system (CLIOS), this course strives to be an interdisciplinary systems subject in the "open" sense. It introduces qualitative modeling ideas and various techniques and philosophies of modeling complex transportation enterprises. It also introduces conceptual frameworks for qualitative analysis, such as frameworks for regional strategic planning, institutional change analysis, and new technology development and deployment. And it covers transportation as a large-scale, integrated system that interacts directly with the social, political, and economic aspects of contemporary society. Fundamental elements and issues shaping traveler and freight transportation systems are covered, along with underlying principles governing transportation planning, investment, operations, and maintenance.

Technical Requirements

Microsoft® Excel software is recommended for viewing the .xls files found on this course site. Free Microsoft® Excel viewer software can also be used to view the .xls files.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Joseph Sussman

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session




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