Title

INVOLVING TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERS IN THE TRANSIT INDUSTRY

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1988

Subject Area

operations - traffic, mode - mass transit

Keywords

Transportation engineering, Transit, Traffic engineers, Public transit, Professional personnel, Mass transit, Local transit

Abstract

This is a report of a study and analysis of the following: (a) involvement of transit professionals in ITE (Institute of Traffic Engineers) sections and divisions; (b) transportation engineering skills needed by the transit industry; (c) ITE-sponsored activities of interest to transit professionals; and (d) communication between ITE and the American Public Transit Association (APTA). It was found that ITE members are already heavily involved in transit but in a supportive role. Services the transportation engineers provide to the transit industry were identified. Many opportunities exist for more extensive application of transportation engineering to solve transit system problems. ITE interest in transit could be stimulated by more transit-oriented programs at both the local and national levels, and more interaction with transit professionals. Potential ITE initiatives for involving transit professionals in ITE were also addressed.

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