I'm applying to urban planning programs that have a transportation policy/planning focus. Right now, I am definitely applying to UNC- Chapel Hill, USC, UCLA, Tufts, and University of Maryland. I want a policy-focused program rather than design/architecture centric.
Can anyone recommend other top planning programs with a transportation focus? I am using the 2012 Planetizen Guide (I know, I saw the thread on why not to get the Guide only recently) as a starting point. I currently live in DC and prefer east coast schools, but I am willing to go anywhere to get a degree from a top school and eventually relocate to New England (hence the two Cali schools).
Also, how important is the name of a school in the planning field? Right now, I am leaning towards U MD because relocation costs will be minimal and I can get in-state tuition for a year.
About me: Recent grad from top liberal arts school with Government major and Econ minor
GRE verbal: 650, quant: 690
Undergrad GPA: 3.76
I've been working for the federal government for the past two years but not in a transport/planning related position.
Thanks for any advice!