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Introduction to Transportation Planning

COURSE NO: C01-026
COURSE PROVIDER: Debra Kennaugh, P.E.
Introduction to Transportation Planning
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course discusses the basic principles of transportation planning. It will provide the definition and objectives of project design and corridor traffic forecasting. It will also examine how equivalent single axle loading (ESAL) forecasting plays into the planning process.


Corridor traffic forecasting and project design traffic forecasting projects require forecasts of Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) and Design Hourly Volume (DHV). The Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) suggests and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requires that K30 be used for all design hour traffic projections.


Traffic data sources will be discussed such as permanent continuous counts, permanent continuous classification counts and portable seasonal classification counts. Definitions will be provided for traffic factors including seasonal factor (SF), axle correction factor, annual average daily traffic (AADT), K, directional distribution (D) and percent trucks (T).  Equations will be provided to show how each of these factors relate to traffic forecasting.


This 1 PDH online course is applicable to transportation engineers and roadway planners who are interested in gaining basic introductory knowledge in transportation planning.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Familiarizing with project design and corridor traffic forecasting
  • Learning definitions of traffic data sources
  • Understanding the basics of traffic factors such as seasonal factor (SF), directional distribution (D) and percent trucks (T)
  • Understanding the basis of level of service (LOS)
  • Familiarizing with the equations for calculating the number of lanes
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "Introduction to Transportation Planning”, prepared by Debra Kennaugh, P.E..
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions to earn 1 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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