Swayam Central

Introduction to Multimodal Urban Transportation Systems (MUTS)

By Prof. Arkopal Kishore Goswami   |   IIT Kharagpur
This course is refined version of the Post-Graduate course (ID6004) “Planning, Operation and Management of Transportation Facilities” which is being currently taught to the students of Infrastructure Design and Management at IIT Kharagpur. The course’s primary objectives are to:
1. Identify the sustainability principles in transportation
2. Introduce the concept of Travel Demand Management (TDM)
3. Disseminate the techniques of urban public transit planning, operations and management
4. Imbibe the concepts of non-motorized urban transport
5. Demonstrate the applications in intelligent transportation systems (ITS)

UG Civil Engineering, PG Civil Engineering (Transportation), UG Urban Planning, PG Urban Planning
INDUSTRIES  SUPPORT  : Urban Local Bodies,Transport Network Companies (TNCs), Public transportation operating companies and administrators

Learners enrolled: 1061


Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 20 Jul 2020
End Date : 09 Oct 2020
Exam Date : 17 Oct 2020
Enrollment Ends : 27 Jul 2020
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
  • Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
    This is an AICTE approved FDP course


    Week 1: Module 1: Overview of urban transportation
           Lec. 1: Urbanization and Transport (0.5 hr.) Lec. 2: Key issues in urban transportation (0.5 hr.) Lec. 3: Challenges in urban transportation (0.5 hr.) Lec. 4: Travel demand modelling overview (0.5 hr.) Lec. 5: Vehicular Level of Service (LOS) overview (0.5 hr.)
    Week 2: Module 2: Public Transportation
    Lec. 6: Introduction to public transportation (0.5 hr.) Lec. 7: Basic operating elements of public transportation (0.5 hr.) Lec. 8: Basic operating elements of public transportation (contd.) (0.5 hr.) Lec. 9: Bus Transportation (0.5 hr.) Lec. 10: Bus Transportation (contd.) (0.5 hr.)
    Week 3: Module 2: Public Transportation Lec. 11: Financing public transportation (0.5 hr.) Lec. 12: Transit marketing (0.5 hr.) Lec. 13: Rail transportation (0.5 hr.) Lec. 14: Intermediate Public Transportation (0.5 hr.) Lec. 15: Measuring performance of transit systems (0.5 hr.)
    Week 4: Module 2: Public Transportation
              Lec. 16: Advanced operation concepts of public transportation (0.5 hr.)
              Lec. 17: Bus & Rail Transit Capacity (0.5 hr.)
              Lec. 18: Bus & Rail Transit Capacity (contd.) (0.5 hr.)
              Lec. 19: Station Capacity (0.5 hr.)
              Lec. 20: Transit Stop Location (0.5 hr.)

    Week 5:
        Module 3: Non-Motorised Transportation (NMT) Planning
               Lec. 21: Introduction to NMT Systems (0.5 hr.)
               Lec. 22: Assessing existing NMT scenario (0.5 hr.)
               Lec. 23: Data collection and analysis in NMT Planning (0.5 hr.)
               Lec. 24: Complementarity and Selection of Interventions (0.5 hr.)
               Lec. 25: Alternative Selection through Economic & Financial Analysis (0.5 hr.)

    Week 6:  Module 3: Non-Motorised Transportation (NMT) Planning Lec. 26: Introduction to NMT systems (0.5 hr.)
                Lec. 27: Basic NMT Characteristics (0.5 hr.)
                Lec. 28: Pedestrian Data Collection and Flow Characteristics (0.5 hr.)             
                Lec. 29: PTS Case Studies Pedestrian flow characteristics on facilities (0.5hr.)
                Lec. 30: Pedestrian Level of Service (PLOS) based on Flow models (0.5hr.)

    Week 7:
        Module 3: Non-Motorised Transportation (NMT) Planning
                Lec. 31: Other types of Pedestrian Level of Service (PLOS) (0.5 hr.)
                Lec. 32: HCM 2010 Methodology for PLOS (0.5 hr.)
                Lec. 33: HCM 2010 Methodology for PLOS (contd.) (0.5 hr.)
                Lec. 34: Bicycle Facilities and Level of Service (BLOS) (0.5 hr.)
                Lec. 35: BLOS and Bicycle Compatibility Index (BCI) (0.5 hr.)

    Week 8:
        Module 3: Non-Motorised Transportation (NMT) Planning
                Lec. 36: NMT Design Principles (0.5 hr.)
                Lec. 37: Design of Pedestrian Infrastructure (0.5 hr.)
                Lec. 38: Design of Pedestrian Infrastructure (contd.) (0.5 hr.)
                Lec. 39: Design of Cycling Infrastructure (0.5 hr.)
                Lec. 40: Design of Cycling Infrastructure (contd.) (0.5 hr.)

    Week 9:
        Module 4: Urban Transport & Sustainability
                Lec. 41: Travel Demand Management (TDM) overview (0.5 hr.)
    Lec. 42: Push measures cases (0.5 hr.) Lec. 43: Pull measure cases (0.5 hr.) Lec. 44: Parking Studies (0.5 hr.) Lec. 45: Transit Oriented Development (TOD) (0.5 hr.)
    Week 10:

       Module 4: Urban Transport & Sustainability
                Lec. 46: Introduction to Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) (0.5 hr.)
                Lec 47: ITS components, applications and communication (0.5 hr.)
                Lec. 48: ITS Architecture (0.5 hr.)
                Lec. 49: Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) (0.5 hr.)
                Lec. 50: Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) System with ITS (0.5 hr.)

    Week 11:

       Module 4: Urban Transport & Sustainability
               Lec. 51: Multimodal transportation (MMT) environment (0.5 hr.)
               Lec. 52: Multimodal Level of Service (MMLOS) (0.5 hr.)
               Lec. 53: Multimodal Level of Service (MMLOS) (contd.) (0.5 hr.)
               Lec. 54: Design of multimodal transfer facilities (0.5 hr.)
               Lec. 55: Park & Ride (P&R) Facility Planning (0.5 hr.)

    Week 12:

       Module 4: Urban Transport & Sustainability
              Lec. 56: An Introduction to Pedestrian Road Safety and associated Risk Factors (0.5 hr.)
              Lec. 57: Road crash estimation and elements of predictive methods (0.5 hr.)
              Lec. 58: Predicting Vehicle-Pedestrian and Vehicle-Bicycle conflicts (0.5 hr.)
              Lec. 59: Environmental Concerns of Urban Transport (0.5 hr.)
              Lec. 60: Sustainable strategies for Urban Transportation (0.5 hr.)


    1. Travel Demand Management and Road User Pricing: Success, Failure and Feasibility, edited by Gerd Sammer & Wafaa Saleh (2009), AshGate
    2. The Implementation and Effectiveness of Transport Demand Management Measures -An International Perspective, edited by Stephen Ison, Tom Rye, (2008), Ashgate
    3. Sustainable Transport: Planning for Walking and Cycling in Urban Environments, edited by Rodney Tolley (2003) Woodhead Publishing Ltd.
    4. Fruin, J.J. Pedestrian Planning and Design, McGraw Hill Publication, 1987
    5. Hudson, M. The Bicycle Planning, Open Books, 1982
    6. Fundamentals of Intelligent Transportation Systems Planning, by Mashrur A. Chowdhury, Adel Wadid Sadek, (2003) Artech House, Inc. Boston
    7. http://local.iteris.com/itsarch/index.htm
    8. Perspectives on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), by Joseph M. Sussman, (2008) MIT, Springer.
    9. Ceder, A., 2016. Public Transit Planning and Operation: Modeling, Practice and Behavior, 2nd Ed., CRC Press
    10. Traffic & Highway Engineering, Garber, N.J., and Hoel, L.A., 5 th Edition, Cengage Learning, 2015


    1. IRC 103:2012, Design of Pedestrian Facilities. Indian Road Congress
    2. IRC 11: 2015 Design & Layout of Cycle Tracks. Indian Road Congress 
    3. Indo-Highway Capacity Manual (HCM), CSIR-CRRI, 2018.
    4. TOD Guidance Document. Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, GoI
    5. NMT Guidance Document. Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, GoI 
    6. PBS Guidance Document. Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, GoI


    Prof. Arkopal Kishore Goswami

    IIT Kharagpur
    Dr. Arkopal K. Goswami is currently a faculty member in the Ranbir and Chitra Gupta School of Infrastructure Design and Management, IIT Kharagpur, where he specializes in Transportation Infrastructure. He earned his Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from NIT Jamshedpur, after which he was awarded a full academic scholarship, along with a research assistantship (RA), to pursue his high studies from the University of Virginia (UVa). He graduated with a Doctorate in Civil Engineering from UVa in the year 2008, under the tutelage of Professor (Emeritus) Dr. Lester A. Hoel. Dr. Goswami specializes in the field of sustainable urban transport, having over 13 years of experience in consulting, public sector, and academia, both in India and United States of America (USA). He is currently a Principal Investigator (PI) of multiple projects that aim to enhance urban transport sustainability in India. To further the cause, Dr. Goswami is collaborating with researchers from around the globe, including Japan, Germany, United Kingdom (UK), and USA. His work has been recognized worldwide, where he has received the Jack H. Dillard best research paper award, and has published in reputed peer reviewed journals including the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, Transport Reviews, and Energy. He has also presented his work at national and international conferences, including the Annual Conference of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), and the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS). He is a member of the Transportation Research Group (TRG), India; and Eastern Asian Society for Transportation Studies (EASTS). He is currently leading a group of researchers that include 7 PhD students, 8 Masters’ students, as well as multiple project personnel. Arkopal loves travelling and is an avid sports enthusiast, where he follows cricket, tennis and basketball.


    •The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
    •The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
    Date and Time of Exams: 17 October 2020, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm. 
    •Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
    • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
    •Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

    • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course. 
    • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
    •Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

    •If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
    • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
    •Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.