Transportation Advising Pathway

Transportation Advising Pathway

Faculty:

Jennifer Dill, Aaron Golub (lead), Jenny Liu, Liming Wang

Summary:

Transportation planning focuses on promoting the efficient movement of people and goods, and on maintaining the strong supportive role that transportation can play in achieving other community objectives. The focus includes analysis of transportation problems and policies, travel demand modeling, and the interactions of transportation with other processes and issues in a community such as land use, economy, environment, health, equity and quality of life.

Transportation planners are recommended to have a solid background and familiarity with theories and processes of transportation planning and moderate to high level of capability with quantitative information and statistics.

Where transportation planners work:

Organization Type Examples of Agencies and Organizations
Local transportation planning agencies:
These careers involve working in or with local transportation agencies to plan, build, and operate the transportation system at the city- or county-level.
Portland Bureau of Transportation
Washington County Dept of Land Use and Transportation
Regional and state transportation planning agencies; transit agencies:
These careers involve working in and with regional and state transportation planning agencies to promote an effective and safe transportation system that supports community goals; careers in local and regional transit agencies have a special focus on the transit system

Metro
Lane Council of Governments
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Oregon DOT
TriMet

NGOs:
These careers involve working in non-governmental organizations engaged in transportation related activism, advocacy and research.
Bicycle Transportation Alliance
Transportation for America
OPAL
Go Lloyd TMA
TrailNet
Transportation planning consulting firms, transportation software companies:
These careers in private sectors provides consulting services, support and tools to local, regional, and state agencies and assist them in decision-making processes.
Alta Planning + Design
Parsons Brinckerhoff
DKS Associates
Nelson\Nygaard
Resource Systems Group (RSG)
CH2M
Urban Design 4 Health, Inc
PTV Group
Caliper

Transportation Planning (TPL):

This pathway helps develop the capacity and skills that students need to be a transportation planner. Graduates may work as transportation planners in transportation planning agencies or as consultants in private sector firms.

Courses

USP 537 Economics of Urban Transportation
USP 544 Urban Transportation Planning 
USP 587 Travel Demand Modeling
USP 570 Transportation and Land Use
USP 565 Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning  OR   USP 510 Transit Planning

Transportation Analysis & Modeling (TAM):

This pathway helps students develop analytic and modeling capacity and skills. Graduates may work as analysts and modelers in transportation planning and transit agencies and in private sector firms, where analytics and modeling applications are used to support policy- and plan-making, evaluate transportation projects, and optimize operations, etc.

Courses

USP 544 Urban Transportation Planning
USP 587 Travel Demand Modeling
USP 657 Discrete Choice Modeling
USP 543 Geographic Applications to Planning  OR   USP 592 Geographic Information Systems II: Advanced GIS
CE 510 Travel Survey Methods

Transportation & Economic Development (TED):

This pathway connects to the Economic Development pathway, with a focus on transportation investment and policies as one of the tools to promote economic development. In addition to careers in transportation, graduates may also pursue careers in Economic Development.

Courses

USP 537 Economics of Urban Transportation
USP 570 Transportation and Land Use
USP 572 Regional Economic Development
USP 578 Impact Assessment  OR   USP 583 Transportation Finance
CE 553 Freight Transportation and Logistics

Transportation, Energy & Environment (TEE):

This pathway works on the nexus of transportation, energy, and environment as understanding their intricate connectedness is critical in addressing some of tough challenges in our society (e.g. climate change). Students may work in a variety of settings such as government agencies from the local to the national scale (such as US Department of Energy), nonprofits focused on these issues and consulting firms working in this area. 

Courses

USP 556 Urban Transportation: Problems and Policies  OR   USP 518 Energy and Society
USP 544 Urban Transportation Planning
USP 571 Environmental Policy
USP 512 Environmental Planning Methods
CE 588 Air Quality

Transportation & Design (TD):

This pathway connects urban design and transportation planning, as many aspects of the transportation system are affected by urban form, and vice-versa.  Students may work across urban design and transportation to promote better built environment and improve the transportation system.

Courses

USP 570 Transportation and Land Use
USP 524 Site Planning
USP 565 Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning
USP 511 Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning Lab
USP 575 Urban Design Workshop
USP 510 Public Space  OR   ARCH 521 Urban Design Methods  OR   ARCH 531 Contemporary Urban Design

Transportation & Community Development (TCD):

This pathway connects to the Community Development pathway and focuses on the interplay between transportation and community development. Students in this pathway could work as city staff focused on neighborhood planning issues, housing developers (both for and nonprofit) or other nonprofits working on community issues like health or housing.

Courses

USP 510 Transit Planning
USP 556 Urban Transportation: Problems and Policies
USP 528 Concepts of Community Development
USP 565 Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning
USP 567 Urban Housing Policies   OR   SOC 588 Social Sustainability, Theory and Practice

Transportation & Health (TH):

This pathway focuses on the emerging interests on transportation’s impacts on public health. Students of this pathway may consider complementary dual master degree of Public Health and often work as staff in government, private health insurance providers, or nonprofits focused on public health.

Courses

USP 556 Urban Transportation: Problems and Policies
USP 565 Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning
USP 511 Pedestrian & Bicycle Planning Lab
CE 510 Transportation and Health
CE 550 Transportation Safety Analysis
USP 510 Transit Planning

Transportation Engineering (TE):

This pathway focuses on the engineering aspect of transportation planning. Students of this pathway may consider complementary dual master degree of Civil Engineering and often work as staff in a engineering department for a city or county department of transportation or in private consulting.

Courses

USP 544 Urban Transportation Planning
USP 587 Travel Demand Modeling
CE 559 Transportation Operation  OR   CE 562 Traffic Engineering Applications and Signal Timing
CE 555 Intelligent Transportation Systems
CE 550 Transportation Safety Analysis

Transportation Policy (TPO):

This pathway focuses on the policy aspect of transportation planning. Courses in this pathway help students develop capacity and skills on financial and policy analysis of transportation policies. Students often work in private consulting performing policy analysis or in public sector research groups or think tanks.

Courses

USP 556 Urban Transportation: Problems and Policies
USP 587 Travel Demand Modeling
USP 583 Transportation Finance
USP 615 Economic Analysis of Public Policy
ECON 527 Cost-Benefit Analysis

Transportation & Land Use (TLU):

This pathway connects to the Land Use pathway as transportation and land use are innately connected. Graduates may pursue a career working on the intersection between transportation and land use either in the public or private sector.

Courses

USP 570 Transportation and Land Use
USP 542 Land Use Implementation
USP 544 Urban Transportation Planning
USP 567 Urban Housing Policies
USP 579 State and Local Public Finance

 

Course

 

Key Skills or Knowledge

Transportation Career Path

TPL

TAM

TED

TEE

TD

TCD

TH

TE

TPO

TLU

ARCH 521

Knowledge of analytical and synthetic methodologies to urban design

 

 

 

 

(X)

 

 

 

 

 

ARCH 531

Contemporary Urban Design

 

 

 

 

(X)

 

 

 

 

 

CE 510

Transportation and Health

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

CE 510

Travel Survey Methods

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CE 550

Knowledge of incorporating safety in roadway design, operation and maintenance; influence of human factor, traffic control and public policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

CE 553

Knowledge of the U.S. freight transportation system and its impact on passenger transportation system and economy

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CE 555

Knowledge of the Intelligent Transportation Systems technologies, application and evaluation

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

CE 559

Knowledge of operation, modeling, and control of unscheduled and scheduled transportation modes; concepts of traffic flow and network; simulation and optimization

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(X)

 

 

CE 562

Knowledge of the theory and practice of traffic signal timing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(X)

 

 

CE 588

Knowledge of effects of air pollution on public health and environment, as well as technologies and regulatory practices; pollution measurement and modeling techniques

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

ECON 527

Knowledge and skill of cost-benefit analysis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

SOC 588

Knowledge of theory and practice of social sustainability

 

 

 

 

 

(X)

 

 

 

 

USP 510

Transit Planning

(X)

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

USP 511

Skills of  bicycle and pedestrian planning and design

 

 

 

 

X

 

X

 

 

 

USP 512

Knowledge and skills of environmental planning

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

USP 518

Knowledge of the role of energy in human society

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

USP 524

Fundamental knowledge of site planning, contemporary urban design theory and practice

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

USP 528

Knowledge of models and perspectives on community development

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

USP 537

Knowledge of economic analysis of urban transportation, evaluation of transportation investments and their effects on land use and location

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USP 542

Knowledge and skill of implementation of land use plans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

USP 543

Knowledge and skills of applying spatial data models and advanced analytical and modeling capabilities of GIS in planning applications

 

(X)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USP 544

Fundamental knowledge and skills of urban transportation planning, the processes and methods of transportation planning

X

X

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

X

USP 556

Knowledge of urban transportation policy, historical developments and current issues

 

 

 

X

 

X

X

 

X

 

USP 565

Skills and knowledge of planning, design, implementation, and maintenance of bikeways and walkways

(X)

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

 

 

USP 567

Knowledge of the theory and practice of public policy in the housing sector

 

 

 

 

 

(X)

 

 

 

X

USP 570

Knowledge of theory and models of transportation and land use interactions; knowledge of policies in the nexus of land use and transportation and skills for critical evaluation of them

X

 

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

USP 571

Knowledge of federal, state, and international environmental policy-making

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

USP 572

Advanced knowledge of regional development theory

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USP 575

Skills of urban design practice through project-based learning

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

USP 578

Skills of economic and fiscal impact analysis

 

 

(X)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USP 579

Knowledge of tax, fiscal resources and expenditure of state and local governments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

USP 583

Knowledge of public finance for transportation investment

 

 

(X)

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

USP 587

Skills of analyzing travel demand and applying modeling tools in practice

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

USP 592

Advanced skills of Geographic Information Systems

 

(X)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USP 615

Knowledge and skills of microeconomic analysis for evaluation of public policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

USP 657

Advanced data analysis skills

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USP 510

Knowledge of public space design and history

 

 

 

 

(X)