Dear MURPs readers,
SJSU graduate students may be interested
in a study-abroad class on transportation planning in Bogotá, Colombia,
that I will teach this coming summer. During this 3-week summer session
class in Bogotá, Colombia you will:
* Learn about Bogotá's internationally
renowned new bus transit system, TransMilenio, as well as the city's other
recent transportation planning accomplishments such as improving bicycling
and walking conditions
* Meet with top-level government officials
and others involved in transportation planning in Bogotá
* Take city tours that will include
riding the new TransMilenio bus system, a walking tour of the historic
city center, and possibly even a bus tour of night-time Bogotá
This email overviews the course content,
eligibility requirements, application deadline, and costs of the program.
For further information, visit http://www.sjsu.edu/studyabroad/students/flp_colombia.htm.
If you have questions, please contact me.
I hope to see some of you this summer
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
San José State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0185
phone: 408-924-5853; fax: 408-924-5872
web page: http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/weinstein/
In this three-week program, students
will study the transportation planning challenges and successes in the
city of Bogotá and explore what lessons other cities can learn from Bogotá's
Bogotá faces tremendous transportation
challenges: traffic accidents occur with deadly frequency, many residents
routinely spend an hour or more commuting in each direction, congestion
is severe, and facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists are often minimal.
In the last ten years, however, a series of dynamic mayors have taken on
these transportation problems and implemented a series of highly successful
projects and policies to combat them. Bogotá's new bus system, TransMilenio,
has is being studied by planners from the U.S. to India to China as a highly
efficient, cost-effective system to transport city residents over long
distances in a crowded urban environment. Other achievements include building
new bike lanes, banning parking on sidewalks, and closing major streets
to vehicular traffic on Sunday mornings.
Through guest lectures, class discussions,
readings, field trips, and assignments students will investigate
the quality of service TransMilenio provides, the cost of building and
operating the system, the politics and planning that went into creating
the system, the relationship between the private and public sector in operating
the system, and planning for how people access the TransMilenio stations.
In addition to TransMilenio, course
will cover other topics related to transportation planning in Bogotá including
the historical development of the city, coordination of land use and transportation
planning, and initiatives to improve conditions for bicyclists and pedestrians.
This course will be offered in collaboration
with the Universidad del Rosario, one of Colombia's premier universities.
Classes will meet at el Rosario's campus in downtown Bogotá, and six to
eight students from el Rosario's program in urban management and development
will join the class.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: This program
is open to all students currently enrolled in a graduate degree program
at a U.S. university. No knowledge of Spanish is required. Preference
will be given to students with a background in urban planning or transportation
engineering, but students from all disciplines are welcome.
PROGRAM DATES: Sunday, July 1
through Friday, July 20, 2007
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday,
March 2, 2007.
COSTS: The estimated total for tuition
and program fees is $2572. These fees cover accommodations, breakfasts,
some local travel related to the course, and class materials. Additional
expenses that students will pay themselves are roundtrip airfare to Bogotá
(approximately $800), lunches and dinners (approximately $10/day), and
all miscellaneous personal expenses.