Transportation and Traffic Planning II


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The course “Transport Planning II” describes the interplay between spatial and settlement development and transport development. The course builds on the basics of transport planning (e.g. “Transport Planning I”) covered during the bachelor program.

In order to convey a deeper knowledge in this area, several topics and their interdependency and influences are discussed. These include use of resources and social and economic systems as well as the methodological basics of the social, economic and environmental impact of settlements, transport infrastructure and traffic flow. On this basis, possible courses of action for the design of transport systems, transport networks, and transport infrastructure are shown. Additionally, the field of transport system management is introduced in detail.

Aside from the theoretical knowledge, this course also enables students to work with EDP-aided tools based on models of complex cause-and-effect relations. These models serve to predict traffic flow and to calculate the effects at specific junctions/routes of a transport network or within the entire transport network.

The course includes a lecture as well as a tutorial. The tutorial poses a transport-related question which the students must solve in small groups by analyzing changes in the spatial structure or in infrastructure measures, predicting traffic volume and calculating relevant transport parameters (e.g. modal split, transport network burdens). For their assignment, the groups use a macroscopic model approach (implemented with the VISUM software). The results are to be presented in a convincing oral and written presentation.


Teaching Aims

  • A deeper understanding of transport causes, transport demand, transport effects
  • Transport demand determination and influencing demand
  • Designing and using macroscopic and microscopic transport models
  • Management and control of urban transport
  • Knowledge of EDP-aided transport control systems
  • Determining, evaluating, considering, and selecting effects

Exam Information

“Transport Planning II” concludes with a 60-minute written exam. Successfully completing and presenting the tutorial assignment is a prerequisite for the exam.

In order to take the exam, students are required to register via CampusOffice by a set deadline. This registration is not identical with the registration for the course and must be carried out in addition to the course registration.


Further information about the lecture, the exercise and the exam can be found in RWTHonline.