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.

Read latest articles

Integrated Transport 101: critical success factors

By Phil Charles | 13 March 2013

Moving people has often been considered from a mode perspective – by road or rail – rather than taking a whole of transport approach, ie integrated transport. Now with increasing travel demand and resource constraints it is more critical that proper consideration is given to the factors that ensure integration success. A recent report published … Read more

Multimodal Transport Planning – whats important?

By Phil Charles | 25 February 2013

Todd Litman of the Canadian Victoria Transport Policy Institute, in a recent paper (December 2012) describes his view of the basic principles of transport planning. The paper describes ‘conventional’ transport planning, with a focus on motor vehicle traffic conditions and the ‘newer’ methods for multi-modal planning and evaluation. This may be the case for North … Read more

Integrated Transport 101: how to get results

By Phil Charles | 11 February 2013

The six best practice essentials for success   Transport planners are facing the competing demands of delivering better mobility vs tightening budgets. How can we as transport professionals meet these challenges? The key is to employ best practice integrated transport planning. This entails using a systematic, sustained and accountable framework, that clearly addresses community (customer) needs. So … Read more

Are you looking forward or backward?

By Phil Charles | 26 April 2011

Imagine trying to drive a car where your entire view was a giant rear-view mirror. You have a great view of everything behind you, but you cant see a thing in traffic ahead. What are the odds you will get where you are going? Now while that may sound a little foolish, surprisingly it’s the … Read more

Optimism Bias in Transport Planning

By Phil Charles | 24 February 2011

In 2005, Professor Bent Flyvbjerg identified two main causes of misinformation in policy and management: strategic misrepresentation (lying) and optimism bias (appraisal optimism). Strategic misrepresentation is the planned, systematic distortion or misstatement of fact—or lying—in response to incentives in the budget process. Optimism bias or appraisal optimism is the demonstrated systematic tendency for people to … Read more

What is transport demand?

By Phil Charles | 31 August 2010

The demand for transport is a derived demand, an economic term, which refers to demand for one good or service in one sector occurring as a result of demand from another. Users of transport are primarily consuming the service not because of its direct benefits, but because they wish to access other services. Transport demand … Read more

Monitoring and modelling travel time reliability

By Phil Charles | 2 February 2008

The use of reliability of trip arrival times does not normally form part of network performance monitoring and modelling. Reasons to monitor and model reliability of trip times include: (a) monitoring the performance of road network; (b) monitoring the performance of public transport networks and services; and (c) evaluating future options. Although some national guidelines … Read more

US Report identifies travel demand modelling shortcomings

By Phil Charles | 17 December 2007

The US Transportation Research Board has recently conducted a major study into the state-of-practice of travel demand forecasting theory and application in that country. TRB Special Report 288, Metropolitan Travel Forecasting: Current Practice and Future Direction, examines metropolitan travel forecasting models that provide public officials with information to inform decisions on major transportation system investments … Read more

Reducing transport carbon emissions

By Phil Charles | 10 December 2007

Stern in his 2006 report concluded that the economic, social and environmental cost of doing nothing is much higher than reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide is a hot topic for transport policy professionals. Australia’s transport contributes about 14% of all greenhouse gas and can be expected to grow in line … Read more

The Role of Transport Models in Evaluation

By Phil Charles | 4 December 2007

The use of transport models to estimate demand for travel in urban transport networks is well established. Models simulate travel demand between each each origin and destination zone (the study area is divided into analysis zones) and assigns those trips to the road and transit transport networks. Urban transport models used to predict changes in … Read more