72858 - Transport Planning M

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Docente: Federico Rupi
  • Credits: 6
  • SSD: ICAR/05
  • Language: Italian
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Civil Engineering (cod. 0930)

Learning outcomes

The course of Transport Planning M has the objective of providing the principal scientific fundamentals for the simulation of sustainable transportation systems:  the course provides especially the fundamental tools for the quantitative evaluation of impacts perceived by the users in relation to alternative projects of transportation system.

Course contents

Requirements/Prior knowledge

A prior knowledge and understanding of basic topics of the engineering of transportation system is required to attend with profit this course.

Fluent spoken and written Italian is a necessary pre-requisite: all lectures and tutorials, and all study material will be in Italian.


Transportation systems engineering and planning process, levels, objectives and analysis tools in transport planning. Structure of the models for the simulation of transportation systems. 

Environmental capacity constraints in urban transport networks: air pollution modelling. Environmental capacity.

Elements of sustainable mobility.

Manual and automatic methods for bicycle counting both on- and off-street. Cycling mobility modeling. Cyclist gender gap.


Methods for the comparison of alternative projects.

Methods for choosing among alternative transportation projects: Multi-criteria analysis. Compensatory and non- compensatory methods: the Electre I method; the analytic hierarchy process. Practical examples.


Freight Transportation: intermodality , combined transport. Maritime and inland waterway transport. Transhipment.


P. Ferrari, Fondamenti di pianificazione dei Trasporti, Pitagora Editrice, 2001.

E. Cascetta, Modelli per i sistemi di trasporto Teoria ed applicazioni, ed. UTET, 2006.

A. Pratelli, Ingegneria dei sistemi di trasporto Esercizi ed esempi, Pitagora Editrice, 2007.

M. Lupi, Dispense del corso “Tecnica ed Economia dei Trasporti”, 2002

P. Volta, F. Rupi, "Trasporto merci: da Babele a sistema. Il valore della programmazione nella movimentazione delle merci", Gruppo24ore, 2011

S. Maffii, R. Parolin, R. Scatamacchia, "Guida alla valutazione economica di progetti di investimento nel settore dei trasporti", FrancoAngeli, 2011

E. Cascetta, Transportation System Analysis: Models and Applications, Springer, New York, (2009) 

J. de Dios Ortuzar, L. G. Willumsen, Modelling Transport, 4th Edition, Wiley, 2011

Teaching methods

The course will include lectures and exercises.

Assessment methods

Achievements will be assessed by the means of a final exam. This is based on an analytical assessment of the "expected learning outcomes" described above. In order to properly assess such achievement the examination is oral with discussion of the project.

Higher grades will be awarded to students who demonstrate an organic understanding of the subject, a high ability for critical application, and a clear and concise presentation of the contents. To obtain a passing grade, students are required to at least demonstrate a knowledge of the key concepts of the subject, some ability for critical application, and a comprehensible use of technical language. A failing grade will be awarded if the student shows knowledge gaps in key-concepts of the subject, inappropriate use of language, and/or logic failures in the analysis of the subject.

Teaching tools

The slides that are shown in class are made available to students through the link Virtuale Unibo. Software for the project and lecture notes are made available to students too.

Office hours

See the website of Federico Rupi


Affordable and clean energy Industry, innovation and infrastructure Sustainable cities Climate Action

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.