Fundamental Knowledge on Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics


7, 14, 21 September & 12 October 2022


10.00 -16.00 h




Prof. Bert van Wee & Dr. Jan Anne Annema




1 (participating only) – 4 (participating + passing the assignment)

Course fee:

free for TRAIL/Beta/OML members, others please contact the TRAIL office


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To give participants a general introduction into a) the transport system (which factors drive this system), b) the impact of the transport system on accessibility, safety and the environment, and into c) transport policy making and evaluation methods.
For those who do the assignment: link the knowledge explicitly to the topic of the PhD students’ research.

Course description:

The course consists of four parts.

In Part I (1 day) we describe how the transport system is structured. The topics are:

  • A general introduction explaining the structure of the course and the related book;
  • the wants and needs of people which drive passenger transport;
  • the needs of companies to transport goods;
  • dominant land-use factors which drive the transport system.
  • transport resistance factors (time, costs, effort) which interacts with the transport system.

In Part II (1 day) impacts of the transport system on accessibility, the environment and safety are discussed:

  • Traffic flow theory(final course of Part I)
  • Transport technology to reduce transport’s negative impacts
  • Accessibility
  • Transport and the environment
  • Traffic safety

Part III (1 day) gives an introduction in transport policy and related research. The reasons why governments develop transport policies will be explained. Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) and Multi Criteria Analysis (MCA), the two most important methods to ex ante evaluate candidate policy options will be treated. Finally, some dominant transport models and their applications will be discussed:

  • Transport policy
  • Transport futures research
  • Appraisal methods for transport policy
  • Transportation models and their applications

Part IV (1 day – at least for those who do an assignment; others: on voluntary basis). Participants present the outline of their assignment. In the group the assignments will shortly be discussed.


You will be asked to relate your PhD topic to the transport system (part I), to the impacts (part II) and to policy issues (part III).


Day I

Day II


Day IV



Conceptual modelling, analytical thinking, reading and interpreting literature.

Course material:

The course will be based on ‘The Transport System and Transport Policy – An Introduction’ (Van Wee, Annema, Banister 2013). A copy will be handed out at the beginning of the course.



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