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Transportation Planning

“DURP helped me to prepare presentations for public use, solve real world problems, and make connections that still benefit me today." – Brian Waterman, Class of 2005


Jeffrey Brown
Michael Duncan

Transportation Planning

Transportation is essential to the function of cities and the well-being of their residents. Transportation systems make the exchange of goods and services possible, and they help shape the form of the built urban environment. The ways we design and use the transportation system affect all other aspects of planning, from the environment to housing and community development to health and land use development. Transportation planners draw on insights and tools from a variety of academic disciplines, including planning, geography, economics, public administration, engineering, and the design disciplines to examine, design, plan, and manage the multimodal transportation system in a way that is safe, efficient, effective, equitable, and sustainable. Transportation planning students take courses that enable them to work as professionals in a variety of contexts at all geographic scales, domestically and internationally. The curriculum covers all surface urban transportation modes: highway/automobile, public transit, pedestrian, and bicycling.

Public Transit and Transit Fellow Program

Public transit is a particular focus of the transportation specialization. The Department of Urban and Regional Planning offers a Transit Fellow Program in partnership with Florida Department of Transportation. You can visit our Transit Fellow webpage to learn more about this exciting cooperative internship program.

Required Courses

Students specializing in transportation planning must take both of the following courses:
  • URP 5711 Transportation Planning Process
  • URP 5717 Methods of Transportation Planning
Students are also required to take one of the following courses:
  • URP 5350 Pedestrian-Oriented Communities
  • URP 5355 International Transportation
  • URP 5716 Transportation and Land Use
  • URP 5731 Planning of Community Infrastructure

Prospective students should contact the department’s academic program specialist for more information about the transportation planning specialization. Current students should consult the graduate student handbook for more details about specialization and degree requirements.

Employment Placements

Recent transportation graduates have found employment at: Cambridge Systematics, CDM Smith, Citilabs, Federal Highway Administration, Florida Department of Transportation, URS Corporation, Pace Transit, Charlottesville (VA) MPO, and many other firms and agencies in the private and public sector.

Transportation Research at FSU

Transportation planning faculty and students conduct research on a variety of transportation topics that fall under two general research themes: Alternative Transportation in the Modern City and Transportation, Land Use and Accessibility. Our transportation research webpage describes recent projects by DURP faculty, PhD Students, and Master's Students.