Transportation Project Evaluation Fundamentals

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Transportation Project Evaluation Fundamentals

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Given that billions of dollars are spent each year on transportation projects, and that there is a need for thorough and rational evaluation and decision making for cost-effective system preservation and improvement, this course should help the transportation planners, engineers, practitioners, educators, decision-makers, stakeholders and all others involved or interested  in transport project development process. With exercises on different aspects of evaluation, this course is an ideal practical guide for the transportation systems analysis and evaluation.


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  • Provide information on the transportation project development process and project evaluation methodology
  • Introduce transportation projects evaluation from different aspects (e.g. general costs, operating costs, travel time, safety, economic efficiency, etc.
  • Provide opportunities for students to learn fundamentals of transportation evaluation methodology with appropriate examples



1.     Introduction

2.     Overview of the transportation project development process

3.     Role and reasons for transportation projects evaluations

4.     Measures of projects worth

5.     Producer for transportation system evaluation

6.     Introduction to transportation demand and supply estimation

7.     Transportation cost categorization

8.     Evaluation of vehicle operating costs impact

9.     Evaluation of safety impacts

10.   Evaluation of economic efficiency impacts

11.   Multiple criteria for transportation project evaluation



Mirsad Kulovic, Ph.D. in transportation engineering, with over 35 years combined professional (Departments of Transportation) and academic (International Universities) experience in researching and teaching of Transportation Planning, Traffic, and Transportation Engineering, Highway Capacity Analysis, Traffic Safety and Accident Reconstruction, Traffic Flow Theory and Transportation Projects Evaluation. Text-Book: Kumares C. Sinha and Samuel Labi: Transportation Decision Making, Principles of Project Evaluation and Programming, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2007.

Course Length: 

6 Hours

Credit Hours: 

6 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)