In this two-credit course (2 September – 30 October), many transportation policy issues will be addressed. A tentative list of topics:
The classes will usually consist of
The Costs of Driving — Private, External, Fixed, Variable, Explicit, Implicit
- Air Pollution — Leaded Gasoline Phase-Out, Emissions Regulation
- Global Warming — CFC Negotiation, Carbon Taxes, Cap-and-Trade Systems
- Oil Dependence — CAFE, Gas Guzzler Taxes, Feebates, Ethanol
- Running Out of Oil? — Bridging Fuels? Bridging Vehicles?
- Congestion — Tolls, HOV and HOT Lanes, Van and Car Pooling, Roads
- Parking — Subsidized, “Free”, Metered, Mandated
- Mass Intra-City Transit — Bus, Light Rail
- Freight Transportation — Trucks, Trains, Ships
- Safety — Mandated Equipment (Belts/Airbags, Child Seats, Motorcycle Helmets)
- Safety — Driver Behavior (Alcohol, Age, Speed, Insurance)
- Water Pollution — Oil Spills, Stormwater Runoff, LUST
- a short quiz to ensure that you have done the reading for the day,
- a short lecture if the technical material suggests it, and
- an hour (or so) of class discussion of actual and potential policies.
ECON 101 (or equivalent) is an essential prerequisite. Each student will also undertake a 10-20 page research paper (tentative list of topics available on request — email email@example.com). The final few classes will be devoted to short classroom discussions of each paper (led by each author). In the final class (30 October), the finished paper is due, and there will be an exam at that time asking you to apply what you have learned to transportation policies you have not yet seen.