Public Transportation Systems

A map overlaid with scattered logos of shopping cart and bus and gradient of orange color.

A GIS (geographic information system) map of supermarkets near bus stops (Image courtesy of City Planner on Flickr. License: CC BY-NC-SA)


MIT Course Number

1.258J / 11.541J

As Taught In

Spring 2017



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Course Description

This course discusses the evolution and role of urban public transportation modes, systems, and services, focusing on bus and rail. It covers various topics, including current practice and new methods for data collection and analysis, performance monitoring, route design, frequency determination, vehicle and crew scheduling, effect of pricing policy and service quality on ridership.

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Nigel Wilson, Gabriel Sanchez-Martinez, and Neema Nassir. 1.258J Public Transportation Systems. Spring 2017. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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