ENG09010 2016 Transportation Planning

General Details

Full Title
Transportation Planning
Transcript Title
Transport Planning
N/A %
Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Brian McCann
Programme Membership
SG_EROAD_N09 201600 Certificate in Engineering Road Maintenance Engineering and Network Management

This module examines the integration of national, regional and local land use planning with transportation planning and its inplications on the assessment, design and planning of the road and public transport network. It is concerned with the promotion and implementation throught the planning process of active and sustainable transport facilities and policies, the design of urban and rural roads and streets to meet the needs of all users. This module also investigates the national, regional and local policies and strategies for the future funding of the land transportation network and guidance for the protection of the strategic road and rail network in relation to development control and zoning. The module also deals with traffic and transport assessments for development control and the promotion of sustainable modes of transport. The requirement for strategic environmental assessments of proposals from county and regional development plans are also studied.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Interpret the significance and role of transportation planning in the land use planning process


Determine and assess the requirements and procedures for national planning for investment in land transportation infrastructure.


Assess the options and guidance for the design of sustainable, efficient and integrated urban street networks.


Determine and evaluate the requirements for the promotion of sustainable forms of transport to meet the needs of all users.


Critically evaluate the methodologies for traffic and transport assessments as part of the development control and planning process.


Assess and evaluate the requirements for local area plans, county development plans and regional planning in relation to the provision of sustainable transport systems and to evaluate the strategic environmental impact of the implementation of such plans.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The teaching and learning strategy is based on the provision of on-line lectures, tutorials and group workshops that incorporate elements of enquiry and project-based learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

A blend of final written examination and continuous assessment projects, both individual and group format. Learners must achieve an overall average of 40% or higher in order to pass this module.

Repeat Assessments

Learners must pass either or both the final examination and continuous assessment elements depending on the failed element(s) at the first sitting. 

Indicative Syllabus


  1. Module overview. Introduction to Transportation Planning. Role of Transportation Planning in the Planning Process. Responsibilities of DTTAS and land transport authorities.
  2. Review of the Irish Traffic Management Guidelines 2003 and the development of subsequent sustainable transport plans, guidelines, policies and planning control procedures.
  3. Sustainable traffic management and transport policies, provisions and measures for integrated urban streets, roads, and sustainable transport systems.
  4. Design, planning and control of integrated, sustainable and shared urban roads and streets to requirements of DMURS (2013).
  5. Residential and integrated development road design, planning policy and specifications. Taking in charge policy and procedures.
  6. Sustainable travel provision for rural and urban areas. Workplace sustainable travel/mobility management plans. Sustainable travel infrastructure provision and integration with network. Case studies.
  7. Development of land transport/mobility plans. Integration of transport planning with local, urban and regional planning processes and development plan formation.
  8. Design and control of sustainable transport facilities and major road infrastructure for commercial and residential developments. Public transport, cycling and pedestrian facility design and integration with road network.
  9. Interpretation of the DoECLG 2012 Spatial Planning and National Roads guidelines for development control adjacent to National roads.
  10. The formation and implementation of Traffic and Transport Assessments (NRA 2014) and their role in the environmental and transport planning and development control process. The need for early consultation with transport providers and users.
  11. Development control- application of Traffic and Transport Assessment Guidelines.
  12. Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) procedures and EIS documentation for the planning and approval of rural and urban road projects.
  13. Critical review of the environmental planning process for road infrastructure projects, including Strategic Environmental Assessment screening, scoping and environmental impact identification and mitigation procedures. Case studies.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Report on Sustainable Transport Topic Continuous Assessment Individual Project 15 % Week 6 2,3,4
2 Comparative Report on Development Control or Transport Assessment Procedures Continuous Assessment Group Project 20 % Week 10 4,5,6
3 Workshop Activity Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 5 % Week 7 1,2,3,4,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written examination Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Distance Learning Suite Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Tutorial Distance Learning Suite On-line tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Workshop Offsite Workshop/Site Visit 2.5 Twice Per Semester 0.33
Independent Learning Not Specified Self-directed learning 7 Weekly 7.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.33 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
1997-06 Transport in the Urban Environment Institution of Highways & Transportation
ISBN 0902933213 ISBN-13 9780902933217

Recommended Reading
1998 Recommendations for site development works for housing areas Stationery Office
ISBN 0707661633 ISBN-13 9780707661636
Recommended Reading
1996-11-29 Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering CRC Press

'Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering' is a comprehensive textbook on the relevant principles and practice. It includes sections on transport policy and planning, traffic surveys and accident investigation, road design for capacity and safety, and traffic management. Clearly written and illustrated, the book is ideal reading for students of transport, transport planning, traffic engineering and road design.

This new book, written by senior academics in the field of transport, is a worthy successor to the widely acclaimed first volume of O'Flaherty's Highways. The content has been expanded and thoroughly updated to reflect the many changes that have taken place in this topical area.

Prepared in collaboration with recognised field experts
For senior undergraduate and postgraduate students in transport and traffic engineering
Also of value to practising engineers and urban planners

Recommended Reading
2011-03-21 Handbook of Transportation Engineering Volume I, 2e: 1 McGraw-Hill Professional

The definitive transportation engineering resource--fully revised and updated

The two-volume Handbook of Transportation Engineering, Second Edition offers practical, comprehensive coverage of the entire transportation engineering field. Featuring 18 new chapters and contributions from nearly 70 leading experts, this authoritative work discusses all types of transportation systems--freight, passenger, air, rail, road, marine, and pipeline--and provides problem-solving engineering, planning, and design tools and techniques with examples of successful applications. Volume I focuses on transportation networks and systems, operations, and economics.


  • National transportation networks and inter-modal systems
  • Transportation network planning: theoretical notions
  • Reliability of travel times and robustness of transport networks
  • Transportation systems modeling and evaluation
  • Software systems and simulation for transportation applications
  • Applications of GIS in transportation
  • Travel demand forecasting
  • Transportation and land use
  • Sustainable transportation practice
  • Transportation planning and modeling
  • Transportation economics
  • Innovative information technology applications in public transportation
  • Parking management
  • Management of transportation organizations
  • Trucking operations
  • The economics of railroad operations: resurgence of a declining industry
  • Airline management and operations
  • The marine transportation system
  • Global logistics
  • Freight transportation planning

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Anon 2013, Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets., Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Anon, 2012, Spatial Planning and National Roads, Guidelines for Planning Authorities. Department of Environment, Community, and Local Government

Anon, 2009, Smarter Travel, A Sustainable Transport Future, A New Transport Policy for Ireland 2009 - 2020. Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport


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