856106 Introduction to transport planning (UBRM)

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Stark, Juliane , Gold, Olivia , Berger, Wolfgang Josef
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


A. General principles and definitions
subject/tasks/integration levels, fundamental terms mobility and transport, accessibility, modes of transport, transport supply and demand, accessibility, traffic flow, modal split, trends, measures for a sustainable development of the transport and mobility system

B. Mobility and traffic surveys
Overview over targets and fields of application of different methods for surveying traffic volumes, traffic flows, field and household surveys and device aided surveys

C. Road networks and cross section design
Types of roads and road networks, types and arrangement of cross-section elements (in built-up and rural areas)

D. Impacts: Traffic safety, environment and health
- Traffic Safety: Indicators of traffic safety and important influencing factors, trends in accident occurrence), measures to improve traffic safety
- Health: Physical activity (recommendations), active mobility as intersectoral approach
- Environment: Effects of transport activities and infrastructure on energy consumption, pollutant and noise emissions and land utilization and their consequences for the environment

E. Process of planning and decision making
Main and accompanying phases of the planning process, planning philosophies, development of planning scenarios, assessment of the scenarios using decision aids, indicator development, cost-benefit-analysis, sustainable development analysis

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

This lecture allows attendees to obtain an overall picture on a transport planner’s field of work.
The students are familiar with relevant terms of the subject area.
The students understand transport planning as a process and are familiar with the elementary planning process.
The students have acquired an overview of decision-making tools in transport planning.
The students understand fundamental procedures and methods for the data collection.
The students are able to understand, interpret and question transport planning documents and analyses.
The students have a critical understanding of the requirements of different user groups regarding street design (e.g. concept of inclusive mobility under consideration of specific groups).
The students are able to name the main environmental impacts of traffic (infrastructure).
The students are able to recommend basic measures for the development of sustainable transport systems (e.g. in the field of travel demand management, accessibility improvements, traffic safety, reduction of transport related emissions).
The students understand “transport and mobility” as a dynamic, complex and interdisciplinary topic at the interface of environment, health, and economy etc. and have an overview of relationships and chains of effects in the discipline.
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