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Public Transportation (TL 787)

Instructors and Contact Information

Dr. Ranjit Godavarthy, 410B Quentin Burdick Building
Phone: (701)231-6436
Email: ranjit.godavarthy@ndsu.edu
Office hours: By appointment

Mr. Jeremy Mattson, 410C Quentin Burdick Building
Phone: (701)231-5496
Email: jeremy.w.mattson@ndsu.edu
Office hours: By appointment

Course Description

This course focuses on concepts and modeling procedures used when planning and operating public transportation systems. Topics covered include transit demand analysis, quality of service concepts and estimation, bus and rail capacity, and service planning.

Course Objectives

The objective of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of models used when planning and operating public transportation systems. Students will learn methods for estimating transit demand, quality of service, and capacity, as well as tools for designing service. Students will learn the modeling techniques and how to apply them to real-world scenarios.


TL 786 - Special allowances can be made for those with a background in public transportation who have not taken TL 786.

Evaluation Procedures and Criteria

Grades will be based on the following:

Homework assignments25%
Online discussions / class participation10%
Final paper / project35%

Note: Students with disabilities or other special needs that require different accommodations are invited to share these concerns or requests with the instructors as soon as possible.

Course Schedule / Calendar of Events

Week 1Introduction, Operations and Service Concepts
Week 2Operations and Service Concepts
Week 3Transit Operations and Service Scheduling
Week 4Demand Analysis
Week 5Quality of Service: Concepts and Methods
Week 6Bus Transit Capacity
Week 7Bus Transit Capacity
Week 8Demand Response Transit Capacity
Week 9Mid-term exam
Week 10Rail Transit Capacity
Week 11Basics of Railroad Engineering
Week 12Service Planning
Week 13Service Planning
Week 14Transit Financing and Survey Methods
Week 15Presentations
Week 16Final exam, class project due

Required Student Resources

Students must have access to a computer and the internet. The instructor's lecture notes will be made available. Additional references will be identified on the web.

No textbook is required for this course - handouts will be made available.

Disability Statement

Any students with disabilities or other special needs, who need special accommodations in this course are invited to share these concerns or requests with the instructor and contact the Disability Services Office as soon as possible.

Academic Honesty

All work in this course must be completed in a manner consistent with NDSU University Senate Policy, Section 335: Code of Academic Responsibility and Conduct (PDF).

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