1.963 A Sustainable Transportation Plan for MIT

Spring 2007

Photograph of Concord commuter rail station in winter.
This class focused on ways to shift a population of MIT employees away from parking and towards public transit, including the commuter rail. One question raised was whether increased commuter rail subsidies encourage people to live in the suburbs and drive for their non-commute trips. (Photograph courtesy of TalkingTree on Flickr.)

Course Highlights

This student-directed class culminated in a final report and presentation given to the MIT community, which are presented in the projects section.

Course Description

This seminar-style class will focus on evaluating and recommending alternative commuter and business-related transportation policies for the MIT campus. Emphasis will be placed on reducing transportation-related energy usage in a sustainable manner in response to President Hockfield's "Walk the Talk" energy initiative. Students will explore the relative roles of MIT and the MBTA as transportation providers, as well as the efficiency and effectiveness of related subsidy policies currently in place for all modes of transportation.
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John Attanucci
Lawrence Brutti
Frederick Salvucci

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
1.5 hours / session