Mass transportation (or public transportation) is any form or shared-passenger transportation service available for use by the general public. The types (or modes) of mass transportation include airline service, bus (commonly referred to as transit or transit service in the United States), paratransit (van service), light rail (also known as tram), commuter rail, heavy rail, ferries, as well as other modes such as motorized tricycles (often referred to as auto rickshaws) that are common and widely used in mostly developing and emerging economies. New and innovative modes of mass of transportation include Maglev trains. The focus of this interactive online course will be on modes of mass transportation and mass transportation systems common within the United States, in particular transit, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, and heavy rail.
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By the end of this course, you will be able to:
List the modes of mass transportation and identify the attributes of each mode such as travel time, fare prices, comfort, convenience, and safety.
Describe how mass transportation is organized and administered in the United States.
Describe the methods used to predict which mode of transportation a rider may select for a particular trip.
Provide transit route design models for the safe and accessible boarding and alighting of passengers.
Describe the elements and considerations of transit fare policies.
Analyze the performance of transit routes.
Identify the primary performance measures of transit routes, such as the safety and security of a passenger.
Kwabena Ofosu Ph.D., P.E., PTOE