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Urban Transit for Livable Cities

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8 weeks
49 USD
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8 weeks
49 USD
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Course description

Urban Transit for Livable Cities

The goal of urban transit is to achieve an intermodal transportation balance. Ideally, each mode is used in its optimal role, in order to create a people-friendly environment. But how exactly can that be accomplished?

This course will cover examples from different cities and countries; comparing their physical interested in transportation engineering and city planning will gain expert insight into the critical role transit services have on the character of the city and quality of life.

Urban Transit is designed for transportation engineers, city planners, and general city planning enthusiasts. It’s also well-suited for graduate and advanced undergraduate students of transportation, civil, environmental, mechanical, electrical and systems engineering, business administration, economics, and architecture.

The course is taught by Vukan R. Vuchic, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Transportation Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Vuchic has consulted on cities for government agencies and locations around the world.

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  • English

Who should attend?


Prior courses in engineering, city planning, business, and economics. Professional experience in city government or transit agencies is recommended, but not required.

Training content

Week 1

Cities and Transportation: Evolution of Transport Modes

Week 2

Highway Transit: Buses, Trolleybuses, BRT/BHLS and Paratransit

Week 3

Rail Transit: Tramways/Streetcars, LRT, Metro, Regional Rail

Week 4

Rail Transit Infrastructure, Operations and Roles

Week 5

Rail Transit Network, Scheduling and Performance

Week 6

Fares, Financing, Ownership and Regulation

Week 7

Transit Planning, Mode Selection and Design

Week 8

Transportation for Livable Cities: Policies and Implementation Measures

Course delivery details

This course is offered through University of Pennsylvania, a partner institute of EdX.

3-6 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$49
  • Audit Track - Free

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What you'll learn

  • Understand technical and operational characteristics of transit systems
  • Review efficient operations of bus and rail transit modes
  • Explore role and impact of bus, transit, and rail on a city’s livability
  • Describe policies to create balance between transit, cars, and pedestrians and other modes

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