What is Transportation Engineering?
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What is Transportation Engineering?

Transportation Engineering is the application of scientific principles and technologies to the planning, design, analysis, operation, and management of transportation systems for a full range of modes of transportation, e.g. highway, urban transit, air, rail and water, in order to provide for the movement of people and goods from one place to another in a safe and efficient manner. As a sub-discipline of Civil Engineering, this specialty is organized around society’s need to provide an adequate transportation infrastructure and involves broad interaction with other disciplines.

At the University of Hartford, our transportation curriculum is focused on engineering for highway transportation with four important aspects: a) overall planning of the transportation system including future travel demand forecasting, land-use trends, impact study and transportation policies; b) roadway engineering involving highway alignment design, planning the cuts and fills for construction, alternative evaluation and layout; c) traffic engineering for capacity and level of service analysis of urban streets, freeways, interchange and other transportation facilities, methods to manage traffic demand and design of traffic control devices; and d) pavement engineering for traffic load analysis and flexible and rigid pavement design. 

State-of-the-art computer simulation programs and some equipment are also provided to students for transportation study and conducting laboratory & field projects.