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 Transportation Planning in the Urban Context: Growth and Demand in the Greater Toronto Area
Unit 4 Transportation Planning and the Environment: Sustainable Transportation and the Twenty-First Century
Unit 5 Transportation and Health: The Role of Transportation in Healthy Communities
Unit 6 Transportation Planning in the Social Context: Economics, Travel Options, Patterns, and Predispositions
Unit 7 Transit Planning in North America: Challenges and Best Practices
Unit 8 Transportation Planning and Policy
Unit 9 Transportation Planning and Urban Design
Unit 10 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Transportation – Pt. 1
Unit 11 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Transportation – Pt. 2
Unit 12 Travel Demand – Forecasting and Programming – Pt. 1
Unit 13 Travel Demand – Forecasting and Programming – Pt. 2
Unit 14 Project Development/Management and Transportation Planning

Mode of Instruction
Lectures, group work, in-class exercises, field observations, assignments.

Prescribed Texts
Online readings each week, as assigned.

Reference Material

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.

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:
Class participation 30%
Final Presentation 70%


Approved by: Denis Gravelle