ENG09010 2019 Transportation Planning

General Details

Full Title
Transportation Planning
Transcript Title
Transportation Planning
N/A %
Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Brian McCann
Programme Membership
SG_EROAD_M09 201900 Master of Engineering in Road and Transport Engineering SG_EROAD_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering in Road and Transport Engineering SG_EROAD_N09 201900 Certificate in Engineering in Road Maintenance Engineering and Network Management SG_ENETW_S09 201900 Level 9 Special Purpose Award in Engineering in Road Network Management

This module examines the integration of national, regional and local land use planning with transportation planning and its implications on the assessment, design and planning of the road and public transport network. It is concerned with the promotion and implementation through 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 live and recorded on-line lectures, Moodle resources, independent learning, and workshops that incorporate elements of enquiry and project-based learning and group project work.

Module Assessment Strategies

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

Repeat Assessments

Learners must repeat the final examination and/or 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. National Planning Framework and National Development Plan linkage with transportation planning at local, regional and national levels.
  3. Smarter Travel and other sustainable transport policies and actions to promote use of sustainable travel modes such as public transport, walking,and cycling. Role and responsibilities of the NTA in funding and transport planning for urban and regional strategies.
  4. Rural Transport Programme and Local Link public transport services.
  5. Capital investment programmes for transport. Strategic Investment Framework for land transport (SIFLT). Engineers Ireland review of transport infrastructure.
  6. Interpretation of the DoECLG 2012 Spatial Planning and National Roads guidelines for development control adjacent to National roads.
  7. Sustainable traffic management and transport policies, provisions and measures for integrated urban streets, roads, and sustainable transport systems.
  8. The function and implementation of Traffic and Transport Assessments (NRA 2014) and their role in the environmental and transport planning and development management process. Area-based transport assessments.
  9. Sustainable travel provision for rural and urban areas. Workplace sustainable travel/mobility management plans. Sustainable travel infrastructure provision and integration with network. Case studies.
  10. Design, planning and control of integrated, sustainable and shared urban roads and streets to requirements of DMURS (2013).
  11. Development and function of local area plans. Integration of transport planning with local, urban and regional planning processes and development plan formation.
  12. Design and control of sustainable transport facilities and major road infrastructure. Public transport, cycling and pedestrian facility design and integration with road network.
  13. Planning, programming and budgeting, and core cyclist requirements of cycle networks and planning/design of urban/rural cycle networks. 
  14. Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) procedures and EIS documentation for the planning and approval of rural and urban road projects.

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 20 % 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

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

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Flat Classroom Workshop Session 2.5 Twice Per Semester 0.33
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.33 Hours

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
Independent Learning Not Specified Self-directed learning 6 Weekly 6.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 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
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

Recommended Reading
2016-07-11 Transportation Planning Handbook John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781118762400 ISBN-13 1118762401

A multi-disciplinary approach to transportation planningfundamentals The Transportation Planning Handbook is a comprehensive,practice-oriented reference that presents the fundamental conceptsof transportation planning alongside proven techniques. This newfourth edition is more strongly focused on serving the needs of allusers, the role of safety in the planning process, andtransportation planning in the context of societal concerns,including the development of more sustainable transportationsolutions. The content structure has been redesigned with a newformat that promotes a more functionally driven multimodal approachto planning, design, and implementation, including guidance towardthe latest tools and technology. The material has been updated toreflect the latest changes to major transportation resources suchas the HCM, MUTCD, HSM, and more, including the most current ADAaccessibility regulations. Transportation planning has historically followed the rationalplanning model of defining objectives, identifying problems,generating and evaluating alternatives, and developing plans.Planners are increasingly expected to adopt a moremulti-disciplinary approach, especially in light of the risingimportance of sustainability and environmental concerns. This bookpresents the fundamentals of transportation planning in amultidisciplinary context, giving readers a practical reference forday-to-day answers. Serve the needs of all users Incorporate safety into the planning process Examine the latest transportation planning softwarepackages Get up to date on the latest standards, recommendations, andcodes Developed by The Institute of Transportation Engineers, thisbook is the culmination of over seventy years of transportationplanning solutions, fully updated to reflect the needs of achanging society. For a comprehensive guide with practical answers,The Transportation Planning Handbook is an essentialreference.

Recommended Reading
2018-06-20 Transportation Planning and Public Participation Elsevier
ISBN 9780128129579 ISBN-13 0128129573

Transportation Planning and Public Participation: Theory, Process, and Practice explains why, and then how, transportation professionals can treat public participation as an opportunity to improve their projects and identify problems before they do real damage. Using fundamental principles based on extensive project-based research and insights drawn from multiple disciplines, the book helps readers re-think their expectations regarding the project process. It shows how public perspectives can be productively solicited, gathered, modeled, and integrated into the planning and design process, guides project designers on how to ask the proper questions and identify strategies, and demonstrates the tradeoffs of different techniques. Readers will find an analytic and evaluation framework - along with process design guidelines - that will help improve the usefulness and applicability of public input. Shows how to apply quantifiable metrics to the public participation process Helps readers critically analyze and identify project properties that impact public participation process decisions Provides in-depth examples that demonstrate how feedback, representation, and decision modeling can be integrated to achieve outcomes Demonstrates basic principles using examples from a wide range of types and scales Presents tactics on how to make public meetings more efficient and satisfying by integrating appropriate visualizations

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


Journal Resources

Journal of Transportation Planning and Technology, Print ISSN: 0308-1060 Online ISSN: 1029-0354 Taylor & Francis On-line.

Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers -Transport ISSN 0965-092X | E-ISSN 1751-7710

Other Resources

Module Moodle page