Transit Planning Course

Collaboration with Auburn Professor Jeffrey LaMondia and UTIL Student Candace Brakewood
Sponsored by Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development, and Education Center (STRIDE

Professor Watkins is working with Auburn Professor Jeff LaMondia, Auburn student Scott Seidband, and UTIL student Candace Brakewood to create a new public transportation class that will be taught at Georgia Tech and other universities beginning in 2013.  Because public transit is a key component of livable and sustainable transportation systems, it is critical that both undergraduate and graduate-level Civil Engineering students have a solid understanding of the planning, design, and operation of public transportation systems.

The main goal of this project is to develop a set of public transportation course modules for both the Introduction to Transportation (an undergraduate senior course) and a stand-alone Transit Planning and Operations course (a specialized graduate course). The modules will be designed to be easily applied by instructors with limited experience in the transit industry and in conducting transit systems research. The process for designing the modules will include researching applicable literature, reaching out and collaborating with educators and practitioners, and mind mapping the core concepts needed for transportation practice. The modules will then be implemented, assessed and revised based on student learning outcomes. Finally, the modules will be disseminated through a website and regional workshops.  In the bigger picture, this project aims to improve the ability of Civil Engineering students to understand and work with issues in public transportation. 

The research process used to develop these course modules was presented in a poster at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (PDF).  

Final projects from Spring 2013 Transit Planning are available here: