1.258J / 11.541J / ESD.226J Public Transportation Service and Operations Planning

Spring 2006

Orange County Transportation Authority bus.
Buses and surface transit are transportation modes explored in this course. (Image courtesy of Morven.)

Course Highlights

This course features a complete set of lecture notes and assignments.

Course Description

This course describes the evolution and role of urban public transportation modes, systems, and services, focusing on bus and rail. Technological characteristics and their impacts on capacity, service quality, and cost are described. Current practice and new methods for data collection and analysis, performance monitoring, route design, frequency determination, and vehicle and crew scheduling are also discussed. In addition, the effect of pricing policy and service quality on ridership and methods for estimating costs associated with proposed service changes are presented together with means to improve operations through real time intervention.
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Prof. Nigel Wilson

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session



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