Current practice for transportation planning and design uses a set of well-established practices and tools that strive to maximize traffic speeds, minimize congestion and reduce crash rates. Unfortunately, this has led to a bias toward roadway expansion and a slate of problems associated with auto dependency.
Multi-modal transportation is an emerging approach that aims to provide greater modal choice and foster a more balanced transportation system. In the face of issues such as energy and climate, changing demographics, economic and cultural shifts, and both infrastructure and funding gaps, multi-modal transportation offers the promise of supporting transportation solutions and communities that will be more resilient in the face of uncertainty and change.
This is the first of two courses on multi-modal transportation that will focus on regions and networks. You will learn principles and practices of multi-modal transportation planning at these higher scales in order to promote transportation systems that effectively balance and integrate roads with freight, transit, bicycles and pedestrians and support more liveable and resilient communities.
Case studies will help us explore policies and practices that resolve conflicts and trade-offs between different modes. We will emphasize how plans and strategies at the regional and network scales interact with one another and can support multi-modal transportation solutions at lesser scales such as neighbourhoods, corridors and sites