Sustainable Transport Planning

Instructor information

Module leader: Prof. Luca Persia

Assistants: Dr. Brayan González-Hernández

Course information

ECTS: 12 credits
Status: Compulsory
Semester: 1
Hours: 120
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The objective of the course is to provide students with knowledge on sustainable transport planning framework, as well as skills on specific applications.

Syllabus outline

  • Main characteristics of transport systems: Introduction; classification of transport networks; mobility demand components; demand measurement/estimation; road vehicles; introduction to transport modeling; transport costs; freight transport and city logistics; the effects of the COVID 19
  • Introduction to sustainable planning process: The planning process; the different planning levels and context; approaches and actors; EU policies.
  • Definition of objectives: Conflicting objectives; methodologies for definition of objectives; the involvement of stakeholders and citizens: the crowdsourcing methodologies and tools
  • Integrated sustainable policies: Classification of transport policies; multimodal transportation; transport policies and land-use; international databases; innovation and future trends: Mobility as a Service (MaaS); sharing mobility; electric mobility; and automation.
  • Supporting methodologies and tools: The benchmarking methods; online supporting tools; and the Crowdsourcing tool.
  • Effectiveness and efficiency assessment: Ex-ante evaluation tools: Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA), Cost Effectiveness Analysis (CEA), Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA); Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA); Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment (SEA); and Road safety Impact Assessment (RIA).
  • Implementation management: Project management basic concepts ; initiation and planning; risks and mitigation strategies; execution, monitoring and control; contingency planning; managing transport plans and projects.
  • Results monitoring: Monitoring indicators; data collection; gaps analysis; assessment of results; and plan updating.
  • Planning tools: The Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP)
  • The Urban Traffic Plan (UTP); The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP); The sectorial plans: Road safety plan, cycling plan; public transport plan; city logistics plan, company mobility plan.
  • Exercise: definition of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) for a selected city
  • Essential reading list

    • Lecture notes, handouts and exercises provided by the instructor