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What to read for an introduction to transporation planning?

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I got a call today for an interview! :-D Working with a bunch of transportation engineers. I have been a Program Planner and a Land Use Planner. I need to get some basics quick. What do any of you suggest for an intro to trans. planning? Any auggestions on books or articles will be appreciated.

DLK
 
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Over the longer term, the books by Vukan Vuchic will probably be important, as well as Newman and Kenworthy - Sustainability And Cities. Recently parking policy has come up; based on Donald Shoup - The High Cost of Free Parking. Also in my library that springs to mind I see Anthony Downs - Still Stuck In Traffic, and Sigurd Grava - Urban Transportation Systems. I personally find Paul Mees - A Very Public Solution to be pretty important too, but i've been trying unsuccessfully for over a year to get a copy, and I can -walk- to both Paul's office and the publisher's office.
Everything mentioned there, save perhaps for Downs, is a bit of a tome (Grava's -is- a tome), alas, so 'longer term'. You might also want to look over some of the transportation policies in some of the more transit-successful cities; they often have them posted online. Vancouver, Portland, etc.

That's heavily pro-transit, but that's the way the tide has been shifting of late that i've seen. That might be because all the places I deal with are either transit cities or currently taking it on the jaw from climate change, though. Also, i'm focusing on transit planning for my research, not highways.
 

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Find out what projects are on the Capital Improvement Program for the area you are interviewing....talk shop. You'll do fine.

They know what your previous employment was/is. They arent expecting you to know everything, just an ability to learn.
 

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Find out what projects are on the Capital Improvement Program for the area you are interviewing....talk shop. You'll do fine.

They know what your previous employment was/is. They arent expecting you to know everything, just an ability to learn.
Yup, that sounds like the right route to me. Don't try to come over as a "transportation expert"...unless of course you said you are one on your resume...
 
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The primer at the URL cited was just what I needed, if not a bit (IMHO appropriately) slanted in perspective. When I took the Directors job once upon a time, I had a defacto membership on the TAC committee of our MPO. I read the primer and one of my Intro books (it was so long ago:-\) and it all came flooding back.

I appreciate the assistance and search direction (and encouragement) you all have offered. With any luck................

DLK
 

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Moderator note:
Renaming the thread title from "What to Read". In the future, please use more descriptive thread titles.
 
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