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Transportation & Urban Infrastructure Studies

Spring 2015 Graduating Class

Department Overview

The Department of Transportation and Urban Infrastructure Studies (TUIS) in the School of Engineering offers undergraduate and graduate programs in transportation. The Department evolved from the Center for Transportation Studies, established in 1981 to offer the M.S. degree in transportation. Since its inception, scores of young men and women have graduated from the transportation program to assume various leadership positions in the public and private sectors. The Department currently offers the B.S. in Transportation Systems, B.S. in Transportation Systems Engineering, M.S. in Urban Transportation, Post Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC) in Urban Transportation, and Ph.D. in Transportation and Urban Infrastructure Systems; making it one of the largest nationwide with an average enrollment of over 80 students. The B.S. in Transportation Systems Program is accredited by the ANSAC Commission of ABET, Inc.

It is the vision of the Department to be a global leader and a one-stop resource center for transportation

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Micromobility is the future of urban transportation

E-scooters and dockless bicycles appeared in cities’ bike lanes suddenly and in great numbers, showing a real demand for single-occupant vehicles—and creating challenges for both providers and government agencies.

In his 1973 essay collection Small Is Beautiful, economist E.F. Schumacher challenged economic orthodoxy, positing that “[t]oday, we suffer from an almost universal idolatry of gigantism. It is therefore necessary to insist on the virtues of smallness—where this applies.”1

Four and a half decades later, a fast-growing set of services are challenging “gigantism” in transportation—in the form of personal, often single-occupant cars—and championing the virtues of smallness. Electric scooters, docked and dockless shared bikes, and other vehicle types are shrinking the physical footprint needed to move people over relatively short distances.

Collectively dubbed micromobility, these services have clearly resonated with consumers, as evinced by their rapid adoption over just the last several months. They have the potential to

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Urban Transport Challenges | The Geography of Transport Systems

Author: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue

The most important transport challenges take place when urban transport systems, for a variety of reasons, cannot satisfy the requirements of urban mobility.

Cities are locations having a high level of accumulation and concentration of economic activities. They are complex spatial structures supported by complex infrastructure, including transport systems. The larger a city, the greater its complexity and the potential for disruptions, particularly when this complexity is not effectively managed. Urban productivity is highly dependent on the efficiency of its transport system to move labor, consumers, and freight between multiple origins and destinations. Additionally, transport terminals such as ports, airports, and railyards are located within urban areas, contributing to a specific array of challenges. Some are ancient, like congestion (which plagued cities such as Rome), while others are new like urban freight distribution or environmental impacts.

a. Traffic congestion and parking difficulties

Congestion is one

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