Transportation Planning

Area of Concentration (AoC)


transportation systems, urban infrastructure, mobility, sustainability, health


Transportation Planning is a field of expertise concerning the development of goals, policies, designs, and programs to facilitate the movement of people and goods; at scales ranging from a single street to an entire country.

Transportation planners seek to implement participatory processes through which diverse stakeholders can bring their knowledge, experience, and values to the development of transportation plans. Transportation planning considers a wide array of positive and negative transport system impacts, including community vitality, economic resilience, human health, and the natural environment.

In addition to a general Transportation Planning AoC, some options for customized AoCs include:  Transportation Planning and Health, Transportation and Land Use Planning, and Transportation and Urban Design.

This AoC prepares MCRP students for careers in transportation planning at various levels of government, non-profit organizations, and consulting firms. Graduates of this area have gone on to work in planning departments at various municipalities, transit agencies, and transport consultancies.

Course Selection

To develop a customized AoC, students should select a suite of appropriate courses (minimum 12 credits) in consultation with their faculty advisor. AoC courses should generally include at least one or two broad knowledge courses, at least one skills course, and at least one in-depth knowledge course, and may include a field experience course. In some cases, students may be starting their MCRP program with some prior training already in their chosen area and may not need broad knowledge and/or skills courses in their AoC suite. To develop an AoC related to Transportation Planning, students would select appropriate courses from among the following:

Broad Knowledge

Course No.Course TitleInstructorCredits
PLAN 580Introduction to urban transportation planningL. Frank3
PLAN 548LUrban transportation systems analysisA. Bigazzi3
PLAN 535Transportation planning analysis methodsA. Bigazzi3
PLAN 579Public health, transportation and the built environmentL. Frank3



Course No.Course TitleInstructorCredits
PLAN 534Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
(may substitute another GIS course or relevant experience, as applicable)
W. Gushue1

PLAN 595

Negotiation, facilitation & mediation in planningA. Erfan3


In-depth knowledge

Course No.Course TitleInstructorCredits
PLAN 341Smart cities: Concepts, methods and designM. Tran3
PLAN 517Theories and methods of urban designE. Villagomez3
PLAN 531Planning for disaster-resilient communitiesS. Chang3
PLAN 542Practical practice: City planning as a craftL. Beasley3
PLAN 561Real property development and planningJ. Wollenberg3
PLAN 548ATransportation emissions and air qualityA. Bigazzi3
PLAN 548SCities and climate changeM. Tran1
PLAN 591Land use and environmental planningM. Stevens3
URSY 510Urban systems and societyJ.Honey-Roses3
URSY 520Urban systems analysis and planningM. Tran3