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1.258J / 11.541J / ESD.226J Public Transportation Service and Operations Planning, Fall 2003

Trolley car.
Trolley car, West Philadelphia. (Photo ©

Highlights of this Course

This course site features lecture notesassignments, and other materials used by students in the course. 

Course Description

This course describes the evolution and role of urban public transportation modes, systems, and services, focusing on bus and rail. Technological characteristics and their impacts on capacity, service quality, and cost are described. Current practice and new methods for data collection and analysis, performance monitoring, route design, frequency determination, and vehicle and crew scheduling are also discussed. In addition, the effect of pricing policy and service quality on ridership and methods for estimating costs associated with proposed service changes are presented, together with means to improve operations through real time intervention.

Technical Requirements

Microsoft® Excel software is recommended for viewing the .xls files found on this course site. Free Microsoft® Excel viewer software can also be used to view the .xls files.



Prof. Nigel Wilson

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session




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