Transportation and Traffic Planning II


Laura Merten © Copyright: Claudia Fahlbusch


Laura Merten

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The course "Transportation and Traffic Planning II" deepens aspects of transport planning and transport modelling. The course builds on the basics of transport planning (e.g. course Transport Planning I) from the bachelor's programme.

The course focuses on transport demand modelling, the evaluation of transport measures and the discussion of current challenges and trends in mobility. The lecture first deals with different methods of macroscopic and microscopic transport demand modelling. The approach of transport demand models is presented using the 4-step travel model. One focus is on the collection and statistical evaluation of traffic data, which represent the data basis for traffic demand models. In addition, factors influencing transport demand are discussed, methods for decision modelling in the context of mobility are presented and the formulation of analysis and forecast scenarios in transport modelling is addressed. In addition to transport demand modelling, the course also deals with the basics of traffic flow modelling.

Furthermore, the course addresses on the effects of traffic measures. Besides construction measures, measures of stationary traffic and mobility management are considered and several procedures for the evaluation of measures are presented. At the end of the course, various scenarios for the future of transport are discussed.

The introduced methods of traffic modelling and measure evaluation are applied in the exercises. In addition, several VISUM tutorials teach the basics of traffic modelling with the VISUM software. In homework assignments and a group exercise, the students apply the VISUM software to investigate traffic-related issues. At the end of the group exercise, the students submit the results in a written report and present them in a final presentation.


Teaching Aims

  • Understanding of transport demand modelling methods
  • Effect and evaluation of traffic measures
  • Conceptual design and application of transport demand models with the software PTV Visum

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