SPD108 - Fundamentals of Transportation Planning

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Subject Title
Fundamentals of Transportation Planning

Subject Description
This course provides students with an opportunity to explore the changing face of Transportation Planning in the twenty-first century. Students examine different methods utilized by Planning practitioners to analyze transportation problems and propose solutions, including demand analysis framework, data collection procedures, travel demand modelling and forecasting, and cost-effectiveness evaluations for new initiatives. The course also uses case studies from the Greater Toronto Area.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Sustainable Planning and Development Certificate program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate and analyze the roles and responsibilities of transportation planning professionals.
  • Apply practical tools in situational problem solving, data management/analysis, and policy analysis.
  • Solve situational problems/simulations using forecasting, valuation, and demand analysis.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

Unit 1 Course Overview/Introduction to the Transportation Planning Process
Unit 2 Introduction to Transportation Systems and Travel Modes
Unit 3 Active Transportation: Walking and Cycling
Unit 4 Transit Technologiesand Modes
Unit 5 Transit Planning and Design
Unit 6 Transit Corridors- Case Study / Living Lab
Unit 7 Transportaton Surveys and Models

Unit 8

Transportation and Broader Social Impacts
Unit 9 Data and Analysis: Interpreting Model Outcomes
Unit 10 Qualitative /Quantitative Methods: Transit Planning Studies
Unit 11 Transportation Planning Workshop
Unit 12 Transportation Planning Workshop
Unit 13 Management and Transportaton Planning/ Wrap Up
Unit 14 Outlook and Visioning/ Wrap Up

Mode of Instruction
Lectures, group work, in-class exercises, assignments and presentations.

Prescribed Texts


Reference Material

Selected readings each week, as assigned.

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
English Proficiency

  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
    • writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
    • spelling and punctuation are correct
    • sentences are structured correctly
    • main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
    • work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
    • work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
    • up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.
  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on which they are due.
  • A late pealty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments , including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Mateial will not be accepted after one week following the due date and / or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Format for Assignments
  • Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:  http://library.senecacollege.ca

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:
In- Class Exercises 30%
Presentation (PS) 20%
Final Presentation 50%


Approved by: Denis Gravelle