Public Transport Management

Instructor information

Module leader: Prof. Cristiana Piccioni

Course information

ECTS: 6 credits
Status: Elective
Semester: 4
Hours: 60
Link: course page


The course's key objectives are to provide students with a basic knowledge of both rail and road-based public transport systems along with the educational elements for studying the operation and management of public transit and the design criteria related to vehicles and services.

Syllabus outline

    Public transport system and its environment: decision-making problems, system layout, price elasticity of demand, consumer surplus.
    The physical, operational, and economic-financial dimensions of public transport.
    Public transport: classification and characterization of rail and road-based transport modes, main non-conventional transport systems.
    Fundamentals of transit line operation: headway, frequency, stop spacing, load factors, fleet size.
    Public transport performances: capacity, productivity, efficiency.
    Role of interchange nodes within a public transport network: transit stop placing, operative scheduling, managing park-and-ride options.
    Customer-oriented transport management: the concepts of accessibility, comfort, and safety.
    Public transport costs appraisal in a twofold perspective: operating costs, transit fare levels, and structures; the generalized transport cost.

Essential reading list

    Lecture notes, handouts, and exercises provided by the instructor.