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City and Regional Planning 776


  • 20112 Course syllabus in HTML or PDF formats.
  • Link to KSA restricted site here . (Requires KSA login access).

KSA Access

KSA students: when prompted for a user ID and password, enter the information you use to login to a lab computer. If that doesn’t work, try prefacing your login name with knowlton/ (eg knowlton/smith.1234). If that still fails, see the IT staff.

Non-KSA students: If you are not a currently registered KSA student, you will need to be authorized for access to the restricted sites (this also gives you access to the building when it is locked, and to the computer labs).

  • Blank access request form (PDF)
  • Template showing what you need to fill out (PDF ).
  • Print and fill out the blank form, using the template as a guide, and take it to Knowlton Hall, Room 476. If the room is closed, just slip the form under the door. You will be notified by email when your access has been set up; let me know if this takes more than a day or so. There are also blank forms in a holder next to the door of 475 KH. When you have received your access information, use it just like a KSA student (see above).

Lecture Notes

Here are copies of class lecture notes, as PDF files. They are in two formats: 1-up (the projection slides as seen in class) and handout (4-up, as distributed, but in color).

Here is a table-of-contents for the lecture notes (HTML document): it may help you to get an overview of what’s going on. It will be updated week-by-week.

  • Week 1:

    The US Transportation System : projection or handout format. Remember that this very data-intensive look is atypical of what we’ll be doing in the course.

  • Week 2:

    Traffic Congestion : projection or handout format.

    Understanding the Congestion Problem — Externalities : projection or handout format. Revised edition, corrects a few instances of q for Q on slides 26, 28.

  • Week 3:

    Optimal Highway Capacity:   projection or handout fomat. Revised edition, corrects a couple of typos including the statement of the FOC on slide 10, and the statement of the optimization principle at the end of slide 16.

  • Week 4:

    Understanding Road Wear and its Causes :   projection or  handout format

  • Week 5:

    Designing Maintenance Policies :   projection or  handout format

    Note on Continuous Compounding . Not handed out, provides supplementary information on present value in a continuous-time context.

  • Week 6:

    Pollution Costs of Urban Transportation :   projection or  handout format

  • Week 7:

    Some Transit History : projection or  handout format

    Contemporary Transit in the US :  projection or  handout format

  • Week 8:

    The Role of Public Transit : projection or  handout format

    Discrete Choice Logit in a Nutshell : projection or  handout format

    Logit and WTP : projection or  handout format

    Additional tables from Winston+Shirley (PDF )

  • Week 9:

    A Corridor Model of Urban Transport : projection or  handout format

    Evaluation of Mass Transportation projects : projection or  handout format

  • Week 10:

    Is COTA Efficient? An Introduction to DEA : projection or  handout format

Other Materials

  • GAMS program for the SW model of road maintenance.
    • This requires that you obtain and install GAMS. A free (limited) version is available from GAMS Development Corp . The limited version should easily run this model. You may also want to look at the section of the GAMS website on Documentation.
    • Then download the model files from here . Unzip them to a folder on your hard disk.
    • Open a DOS session (Command prompt) and navigate to where you put the files.
    • The program comes with two data files: rigid.dat and flexible.dat. You can alter these to suit (the notation should be easy to understand). If you do change them, my suggestion is to make a copy under a new name.
    • Then you need to adapt sw.gms to use this file. Open sw.gms in a text editor. Find the line $include "rigid.dat" and change rigid.dat to whatever you called your new data file.
    • To run the model, type gams sw. You will see a lot of information on the screen; but you don’t need to worry about it. The program writes a results file sw.lst to the folder. Note that this will be over-written if you re-run the model, so you should rename the file if you want to keep it. Alternatively, you can run the system as gams sw > mymodel.lst which will save the results to mymodel.lst.