1.259J | Fall 2006 | Graduate
Transit Management


Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 1 session / week, 1.5 hour / session


This course explores management issues and methods relevant to urban public transportation systems. The focus will be on the organizations providing public transport service and will include alternative arrangements for service provision. Topics to be discussed will include privatization and deregulation, strategic planning and management, performance assessment, financing, budgeting, marketing, pricing, labor relations, workforce planning and management, maintenance planning, and management information and decision support systems. Coverage will be of both current transit industry practice and alternative strategies.

Course Requirements

  1. Readings will be assigned for each topic

  2. A term paper will be required of each student with the following submission dates:

    • Week #4: Proposal (approximately 1 page)
    • Week #5: Presentation and Discussion
    • Week #10: Progress Report (approximately 5 pages)
    • Week #14: Final Paper and Oral Presentation (15 - 20 minutes)
  3. Two written assignments, due in Weeks #5 and 12


Final grades will be based 50% on the term project and 50% on the assignments and contributions to class discussions.

Learning Resource Types
notes Lecture Notes
assignment Written Assignments