Transportation Planning

The specialization in transportation planning is designed to provide students with the ability to conceive, consider, and to assess the implications of supply and demand side strategies to enhance local accessibility and regional mobility within the context of an urban system. At the heart of the student's understanding of transportation are the critical linkages with macro scale aspects of land use, urban form, and regional spatial structure and micro-scale aspects of urban design, site design, and non-motorized movement.

The transportation planning specialization is designed to address issues such as the consideration of:

  • Equity, environmental, and economic trade-offs between alternative transportation investments
  • Inter-governmental issues in reaching regional consensus over transportation investments
  • Secondary implications of transportation investments on economic development and urban form
  • Physical activity and health implications of alternative transportation investment futures
  • The impact of auto dependence and the need for providing travel choices
  • The role of transportation supply and demand side solutions
  • Land use as a travel demand management strategy
  • Benefits and burdens of alternative transportation and land development proposals for low income and minority populations.

It is the interaction between transportation investment and other planning specializations including land use, urban design, environmental quality, and economic development that bring the greatest strength to the transportation planning field here at Georgia Tech. This specialization is supported through faculty resources in the City and Regional Planning Program combined with those in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Students who have pursued the transportation planning concentration are highly competitive in the market place and find careers in local, regional, state, and federal agencies and within the private sector. Transportation planning tends to be amongst the highest paying areas within City and Regional planning. Historically, the demand for transportation planners has been very high.

Required Courses

The transportation planning specialization has two required courses:

CP 6311 Introduction to Transportation Planning (Fall)
CP 6321 Transportation Planning Methods and Investment Decisions (Spring)

Additional Courses

Other courses available in transportation at Georgia Tech include:

CP 6331 Land Use – Transportation Interaction
ECON 6340 Transportation Economics
CP 6361 Regional Transportation Planning and Administration
CEE 6601 Statistics in Transport
CEE 6622 Travel Demand Analysis
CEE 6625 Transportation, Energy, and Air Quality
CEE 6632 Simulation in Transportation
CEE 6642 Transit Systems Planning and Design

Two courses in transportation are also available at Georgia State:

PAUS 8611 Transportation Management
PAUS 8621 Transportation and Land Use Economics

Transportation Faculty

Professor Catherine Ross 
Associate Professor Tim Welch
Assistant Professor Alex Karner 

Other faculty in Civil and Environmental Engineering include: Professors Randall Guensler, Laurie Garrow, Kari Watkins, and Adjo Amekudzi.