101-0467-01L  Transport Systems

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersK. W. Axhausen, L. Ambühl, A. D. Marra
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentOnly for master students, otherwise a special permisson by the lecturers is required.


101-0467-01 GTransport Systems4 hrs
Wed07:45-09:30HCI D 8 »
Thu13:45-15:30HCP E 47.2 »
K. W. Axhausen, L. Ambühl, A. D. Marra

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AbstractHistory, impact and principles of the design and operation of
transport systems
ObjectiveIntroduction of the basic principles of the design and operation of
transport systems (road, rail, air) and of the essential pathways of their
impacts (investment, generalised costs, accessibilities, external effects), referring to relatively constant, and factors with substantial future uncertainty, in the past and expected evolution of transport systems.
ContentTransport systems and land use; network design; fundamental model of mobility behaviour; costs and benefits of mobility; transport history

Classification of public transport systems; Characteristics of rail systems, bus systems, cable cars and funiculars, unconventional systems; introduction to logistics; fundamentals of rail freight transports; freight transport systems; intermodal transportation

Network layout and its impact on road traffic. Traffic control systems for urban and inter-urban areas. Fundamentals of road safety and infrastructure maintenance.
Lecture notesLecturer notes and slides as well as hints to further literature will be given during the course.
Prerequisites / NoticeObligatory lecture for students of the first semester of MSc Spatial development and Infrastructure Systems.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits6 credits
ExaminersL. Ambühl, K. W. Axhausen, A. D. Marra
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 120 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationCompulsory continuous performance assessment tasks consisting of exercises/presentations which count 30% of the final grade (written session examination).
Written aidsonly non programmable calculator
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