Course Title : Transport Policy

Code 35250
Course Year 3rd year
Term 2nd term
Class day & Period Monday・3
Location Kyoutsuu4
Credits 2
Lecture Form(s) Lecture
Language English
Instructor Qureshi

Course Description

The course describes the methodology involved in planning, implementation and evaluation of transport policy framework. In the contemporary transportation policy making, the basic considerations are not only mobility and efficiency, environment and landscape; it is also necessary to consider various other factors such as attractiveness and vitality of the city. Also, in the process of policy-making, it is becoming increasingly important to consider the opinion of various stakeholders such as administration, transport users, private companies and residents. In addition, IT (information technology), ITS (intelligent transport systems) and other new technologies are being developed and commercialized; it has become possible to create new transportation systems using integration of such new technologies. However, there exists some problems in terms of financial profitability and burdens of the public transportation. Based on these conditions, the transport policy in 21st century will be discussed from various perspectives for the road, rail, bus and other transport modes including logistics planning.


Class participation, quiz and end of term examination.

Course Goals

To acquire basic knowledge of transport policy.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
Review of Transport Policy 1 Introduction to the Course and Transport Policy
Basic Theory of Transport Policy 5 Transport policy framework considering factors such as mobility, environment, landscape, attractiveness and vitality of the city. Classification of transport policy (regulatory policy, economic policy, infrastructure development policy). Planning and implementation of transport policy, Public-Private Partnerships, public involvement, systems (subsidies, loans, regulations), organizations. Assessment of transport policy, performance indicators, benchmarking and outcome indicators.
Transportation Policy Perspective based on Technological and Social Background 4 Transportation systems based on new technologies such as IT and ITS. Transport and global warming, environmental policy, environmental road pricing and environment monitoring. Deregulation, basic theory of deregulation, limitations and the effects of deregulation.
Transport Policy for the Public Transportation 4 Railway policy (LRT and other new transportation systems), sea port and airport policy, logistics policy, intermodal transportation and future prospects.
Summary 1 Review of basic concepts,goals and objectives of the course.


Materials will be provided in classes from time to time.


The Economics of Transport: A theoretical and applied perspective. Jonathan Cowie: Routledge, 2010.
The geography of transport systems. (3rd Ed.) Jean-Paul Rodrigue: Routledge, 2013.
Transport policy and funding by Dai Nakagawa, Ryoji Matsunaka, Amsterdam : Elsevier , 2006.
Other useful textbooks and material will be introduced during the lectures.


Basic knowledge of traffic engineering and public economics is desirable.

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Additional Information

Office hours will be allocated for students to consult with the instructor and ask relevant questions as needed.