1st Edition

Principles and Practices of Transportation Planning and Engineering

ISBN 9780367714741
Published April 12, 2021 by CRC Press
374 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations

USD $89.95

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Book Description

Connie Kelly Tang and Lei Zhang have provided a holistic coverage of the entire surface transportation project and program development process from the beginning of planning though environmental approval, design, right-of way acquisition, construction to operations and maintenance.— Neil Pedersen, Executive Director, Transportation Research Board, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Washington, DC

Transportation program and project development is complex. The process spans over planning, programming, environment, design, right of way, construction, operations, and maintenance. Professionals from civil engineering, planning, social and environmental sciences, business and project management, and data science, work together in a relay team to transform an idea into a highway, a transit hub, an airport or a water facility. It is challenging for any one person to master all the knowledge and skills needed to perform every relevant task. However, it is critical for all involved to understand how this relay works and how the societal, environmental, governmental, and regulatory contexts influence the process and the technical solution. Professionals who understand the process and see the big picture are those who rise to the top as leaders.

Transportation Project and Program Development provides holistic coverage on the technical subject matter, processes and procedures, and policy and guidance associated with transportation project and program development, which can help professionals become program leaders. For each phase of the process, key products delivered, processes used, governing principles, foundations of applicable science and engineering, technologies deployed, and knowledge required are discussed. While all coverages reflect the practices of the United States, the logic, principles, science, and engineering are applicable to all countries of the world. The book can also serve as an introductory textbook for undergraduate students and as a textbook or reference for a graduate-level course in civil engineering, transportation engineering, planning, and project management.

Table of Contents

1. The Law and the Process
The Law
Other Programs
The Transportation Project Development Process
Professional Disciplines

2. Transportation Planning
Basic Concepts
Transportation Planning Organizations
Transportation Planning Product
Transportation Planning Procedure
Traffic Safety Data Analysis
Travel Demand Analysis
Transportation Conformity Analysis
Financial Planning

3. Project Environmental Class of Action (COA) Determination
National Environmental Policy Act
Parties Involved during the NEPA Process
Class of Action Determination
Environmental Impact Statement
Categorical Exclusion Projects
Environmental Assessment
Engineering Alternatives for Environmental Analysis

4. Preliminary Engineering
Fundamental Concepts
Appropriate Horizontal and Vertical Curve Design
Roadway and Bridge Cross Section Design
Design Control
Preliminary Engineering Analysis and Design
Engineering Product and Deliverable

5. Environmental Analysis
Human, Social, and Cultural Environmental Impact Analysis
Natural Environmental Impact Evaluation
Physical Environmental Impact Evaluation
Final Products and Deliverable

6. Final Engineering Design
Final Engineering Design Deliverables
Design Standard and Specification
Design Exception
Constructability Review
Land Surveying

7. Right of Way
Right of Way Definition
Acquiring Right of Way
Acquisition Procedure
Final Deliverable
Next Step

8. Construction
Construction Personnel
Construction Contract Administration
Construction Engineering and Inspection
Resolving Construction Dispute
Highway Construction Safety

9. Operations
Signal and Optimization
Roadway Signs
Access Management
Intelligent Transportation System
Traffic Incident Management
Transportation Demand Management
Traffic Congestion Performance Measures
Spot Speed

10. Maintenance
Roadside Vegetation Management
Winter Snow and Ice Control
Pavement Maintenance
Transportation Asset Management

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Connie Tang is a graduate of New York University, Abu Dhabi, with a B.A. in Economics. She also holds a master’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of Maryland. Since graduation, she has provided technical assistance to a wide range of activities and programs in the transportation field, including her near-three years of service as an on-site consultant at the Office of the Assistance Secretary for Research and Technology at the U.S. Department of Transportation. She has had the opportunity to interview a wide range of professionals and leaders in local, state, and federal agencies and private businesses regarding issues related to transportation program and project development, gaining fundamental and practical knowledge on transportation issues. Currently, Connie Tang serves as the Assistant Director of Research and Outreach at the Maryland Transportation Institute.

Lei Zhang is the Herbert Rabin Distinguished Professor and Director of the Maryland Transportation Institute in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. He earned his Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tsinghua University. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in areas of transportation engineering and perform advanced research in areas of transportation systems analysis; transportation planning; traffic control and management, transportation economics and policy; mathematical, statistical, and agent-based modelling and simulation supporting urban mobility and sustainability analysis.