ENGRCEE 123 Transportation Systems III: Planning & Forecasting (2013-2014)

ENGRCEE 123 Transportation Systems III: Planning & Forecasting

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for CE.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 123 Transportation Systems III: Planning & Forecasting (Credit Units: 4) Theoretical foundations of transportation planning, design and analysis methods. Theory and application of aggregate and disaggregate models for land use development, trip generation, and destination, mode, and route choice. Transportation network analysis. Planning, design, and evaluation of system alternatives. Laboratory sessions. Corequisite: CEE110. Prerequisite: CEE121. Civil Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 2)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0470760390.



Michael G. McNally
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC e.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Understand role of transportation modeling in transportation planning.

2. Develop transportation networks and activity system data structures.

3. Identify and evaluate current and anticipated transportation network problems based on travel demand and network performance. (EAC e)

4. Understand forecasting model estimation, validation, and prediction.

5. Estimate and apply models for trip generation, trip distribution, mode choice, and network assignment.

6. Develop designs and cost estimation for alternative transport networks.

7. Develop well-organized, well-written technical reports.

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Fundamentals of transportation networks
  • Basic probability and statistics
  • Engineering economics
Lecture Topics:
  • Transportation Forecasting, Transportation Networks, Performance models, Demand models, and Equilibration (1 week)
  • Problem Definition, Transportation Planning and Design (1 week)
  • Trip Generation Analysis (2 weeks)
  • Trip Distribution and Mode Choice (2 weeks )
  • Route Choice and Network Equilibration (1 week )
  • Network Design and Project Evaluation (3 weeks)
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

MS Office; Windows-based TransCAD software http://www.caliper.com/

Laboratory Projects:

Class term project utilizes TransCAD, a PC-based Geographical Information System for transportation. The project focuses on the planning, analysis, and design of transportation networks. Students work as consulting teams, producing two intermediate and a comprehensive final report. Iterative network design solutions are featured for each team.

Professional Component

Contributes to the design experience and Engineering Topics courses of Civil Engineering major.

Design Content Description

Students learn the engineering design process in the context of an integrative design project that is integrated throughout the quarter. Student teams, acting as consultants, are tasked with developing a transportation forecasting model for a hypothetical city, designing the transportation network and all model components. The base year and future “no build” alternatives provide students with the opportunity to define transportation problems and draw upon technical and creative skills to develop an overall conceptual design and then apply analysis skills to ensure that the design is workable. At least two iterations of this process are executed. One week provides an overview of the design process. Each modeling component is presented to reflect it’s role in the planning and design processes. The last three weeks focus on the evaluation of network and land development problems, constraints and criteria, economic aspects of alternatives, and the general network design process. Each week, lecture material is presented as a small scale, comprehensive planning/design problem in a three hour laboratory session. Each team submits two intermediate and one final written technical report and makes a final presentation.

Lectures: 50%
Laboratory Portion: 50%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 10%
  • Quizzes: 5%
  • Lab Projects: 35%
  • Midterm Exam: 20%
  • Final Exam: 30%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 2.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 2.0 credit units

June 17, 2013
Senate Approved:
April 5, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr