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Summer class on transportation planning in Bogota, Colombia

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  • asha.weinstein@sjsu.edu
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 4, 2007

      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 in Colombia!


      Asha Weinstein

      Assistant Professor
      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 experience.

      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.
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