AH2173 Public Transport 7.5 credits

Planering och analys av kollektivtrafiksystem

Attractive, efficient and reliable public transport systems are fundamental in promoting sustainable growth developments in metropolitan areas.The need to integrate and operate increasingly complex, diverse and technology-oriented transit  services poses challenges to both planners and operators.

The course will provide knowledge on planning and operations of public transport systems and their analysis and evaluation through various measures of performance.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Built Environment
  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

Spring 19 for Study Abroad Programme (SAP)

  • Periods

    Spring 19 P4 (7.5 credits)

  • Application code


  • Start date


  • End date


  • Language of instruction


  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time


  • Form of study


  • Number of places *

    Min. 1

    *) The Course date may be cancelled if number of admitted are less than minimum of places.

  • Schedule

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Spring 20 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

  • Understand the four step transport planning process
  • Discuss the primary stakeholders and factors influencing public transport development
  • Understand and compare alternative organizational structures in the public transport sector
  • Compare alternative public transport service patterns and network structures
  • Calculate and interpret measures of service and network performance
  • Express mode choice and route choice as a discrete choice model
  • Apply methods for frequency determination, timetable design and vehicle scheduling
  • Identify the sources of service uncertainty and their impact on service performance

Course main content

  • Introduction to public transport systems: history, current state and trends
  • Strategic planning
  • Network design
  • Public transport sector organization
  • Service quality assessment
  • Public transport performance, analysis and modeling
  • Operations planning
  • Service reliability and control
  • Data collection methods and advanced public transport systems


The course consists of lectures and tutorials with student participation, a study visit, one exercise and a project. The project involves the analysis and evaluation of alternative network designs and their implications on operations. The project covers all the major steps that have to be undertaken including data analysis, documentation and conclusions in the form of a report and a presentation and discussion


For admitted students to the Master of Science in Civil Engineering and Urban Management (CSAMH) or the Master of Science in Transport and Geoinformation Technology (TTGTM), there are no additional requirements.

For other students:

  • A completed bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, urban planning, geomatics, geography, engineering physics, computer science, statistics, economics, and/or mathematics, with at least 60 university credits (hp) in mathematics, physics, statistics and/or computer science; and
  • English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6.


  • Ceder (2007). Public Transit Planning and Operations – Theory, Modeling and Practice.
  • Vuchic (2005). Urban Transit – Operations, Planning and Economics.
  • Vuchic (2007). Urban Transit - Systems and Technology.
  • A selection of research articles.


  • PRO1 - Project, 4.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 3.5 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.0 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Written examination (4,0 cr) and exercises and projects (3,5 cr)

Offered by

ABE/Transport Planning, Economics and Engineering


Erik Jenelius (jenelius@kth.se)


Erik Jenelius <erik.jenelius@abe.kth.se>


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2015.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2008.