Transport Strategy & Planning: Moving People


Know how to plan for moving people in uncertain times

Learn frameworks and best practices to help you address disrupted travel patterns, develop your strategic thinking and prepare better plans.

Fast track your journey to learn how to consider uncertainty and becoming a transport planner in 4 weeks.

This cohort based course is designed to fast-track the process of transforming you into a transport planner  in 4 weeks.

Course Outline

01 Moving People Strategy

Establishing the context of a transport strategy is a key to success. You will critically evaluate Moving People strategic plans to identify and apply best practice transport planning frameworks. Having an approach to consider current and emerging challenges and opportunities is key to a successful plan. Being able to identify and engage key stakeholders is vital to be able to get support for your Moving People strategy.

02 Moving People Planning – Demand

Planning for Moving People starts with understanding travel demand and travel behaviour. You will explore the linkages between land use and transport and the implications for travel demand, and evaluate the options for changing travel behaviour.

03 Moving People Planning – Supply

Each of the primary modes for Moving People need to be considered – road traffic, transit, walking and cycling. You will learn the characteristics, challenges, and planning principles for reliable and safe movement.

04 Moving People Results

Moving People plans also need to outline implementation and delivery, including how to develop and evaluate options, through to monitoring results. Considering current and emerging trends and disruptions – you need to provide flexibility to adapt to new directions.

What can I expect from this course?

This four-week online course will provide you with the opportunity to acquire or enhance professional skills required to undertake transport strategy and planning projects, particularly in the face of an uncertain future.

  • take a strategic view or big picture, focus on the critical 20% that gives 80% of the results
  • learn through a step-by-step methodology, hands-on exercises, support and feedback, and peer discussions
  • establish a sound understanding of strategic priorities, challenges, risks and opportunities to achieve desired outcomes and results
  • demonstrate an understanding of current and emerging practices and key concepts in transport planning and how to get results
  • consider the different perspectives of key stakeholders
  • know where to obtain more information.

What is included in the course?

Online materials, which includes short videos, notes, links to readings and references, tools and templates and application exercises. You can submit your completed exercises for feedback. Weekly group coaching and Q&A session, plus access to an online discussion forum is provided. On successful completion of the course you will be provided with a certificate.

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Where Next with Public Transport?

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By Phil Charles | 5 May 2015

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By Phil Charles | 18 March 2015

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Benefit Cost Analysis of transport projects: 9 No-Nos

By Phil Charles | 1 February 2015

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How better transport results from land use planning

By Phil Charles | 21 July 2014

Why is understanding the linkages between land use and transport so important for transport and planning professionals? Transport is a primarily a derived demand, we travel in order to get to a destination, to undertake an activity and to carry goods. Land use is a key determinant of the need, when, how, and where to … Read more

What is successful transport integration?

By Phil Charles | 22 February 2014

Understanding the essence of transport integration is the first step to building a successful transport system. What does Transport Integration Really Mean? The term “integration” gets used a lot by transport planners. But what does it really mean? Let us consider the importance of integration from a user’s perspective. It can be distilled down to … Read more

How to plan for smart growth freight transport

By Phil Charles | 30 September 2013

  Smart growth aims to improve the quality of life in communities, with a strong sustainability emphasis, aiming to conserve energy and protect environmental quality. A key smart growth theme is efficiency – reducing the socio-economic cost per-capita of infrastructure and services. This requires transport and planning professionals to plan future land use patterns which … Read more

Value capture funding – why is Australia missing out?

By Phil Charles | 13 August 2013

Value capture funding allows a government to raise additional revenue by identifying the real beneficiaries of an investment, and enforcing a mechanism which recoups some that value to the government investor. For transport investments, some of the primary benefits occur for lands in the project catchment. Benefits include the improved accessibility conferred on a site, … Read more