Transportation Engineering Basics shows students how to use classroom knowledge to solve real-life transportation and traffic engineering problems. This comprehensive labbook addresses congestion, air pollution, transit, financing, politics, and signals. Each user-friendly chapter is designed as lab work, providing essential theory, background information, figures, tables, worksheets, and questions. Each lab is uniformly structured so that the engineering student can easily see and understand the lab's objective and the components necessary to investigate the situation.
This updated and expanded edition includes ten new labs and incorporates changes resulting from the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA, 1990) and the Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century (TEA-21, 1998). This legislation has provided opportunities for transportation professionals in terms of new funds and jobs; as well as set new requirements for monitoring performance and showing the benefits of a project. This book includes information about job opportunities, a section on software use, summaries of transportation websites, a list of esteemed transportation journals, and a glossary of terms used in the transportation field.
Teachers can use this book to assign practical work to students, such as conducting research and solving transportation related problems by collecting data from the field. Planners and experienced professionals will also find the book to be a valuable resource.
About the Authors
A.S. Narasimha Murthy, Ph.D., P.E., is senior transportation enginer at Korve Engineering, a consulting firm in Los Angeles, California.
Henry R. Mohle, P.E., T.E., was principal transportation engineer at Rick Engineering Company, a consulting firm in Orange, California.
"Overall, this book serves the need of bridging knowledge and practice. It can be used as a supplemental tool to textbooks, design manuals, and handbooks for understanding and initiation of practical fieldwork. The book is successful in covering many essential areas of state-of-the-practice and should interest a wide audience." —Yunlong Zhang, Journal of Transportation Engineering