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FAG3186 Transport Policy 4.5 credits

Main content of the course includes: Project and policy appraisal methods (cost benefit analysis, risk analysis, MCDA), principles of transport economics, non-market valuation, equity measures, and sustainability issues.

About course offering

For course offering

Spring 2024 Start 16 Jan 2024 programme students

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P3 (4.5 hp)


16 Jan 2024
15 Mar 2024

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Spring 2024 Start 16 Jan 2024 programme students

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For course offering

Spring 2024 Start 16 Jan 2024 programme students


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FAG3186 (Autumn 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

This course is geared toward providing an overview of methods used by transport planners for project and policy appraisal and evaluation. Main content of the course includes: Project and policy appraisal methods (cost benefit analysis, risk analysis, MCDA), principles of transport economics, non-market valuation, equity measures, and sustainability issues.

Intended learning outcomes

·       Identify relevant policy measures and strategies to address transport oriented problems and discuss their effectiveness in relation to societal objectives

·       Discuss the underlying principles for different appraisal frameworks

·       Explain and apply the principles of cost-benefit analysis to make economic appraisals of transport improvement projects

·       Account for advantages and limitations of cost-benefit analysis

·       Account for methods for non-market valuation, and discuss their strengths and limitations

·       Use relevant equity measures to account for distributional impacts of different transport policies, and discuss their strengths and limitations

·       Identify important barriers to implementation of transport policies in different contexts, and discuss means to address such barriers.

·       Discuss the complexity of behavioral response towards implemented policy

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Admission to relevant doctoral program: Approved courses of at least 60 ECT in the subject areas of transportation systems, civil engineering, urban planning, economics, computer science, physics, applied mathematics, or other subjects deemed directly relevant.

Proficiency in English equivalent to English 6. 

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • SEM1 - Seminar, 2.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Seminars consist of both mandatory assignments and active and approved participation in seminars. Seminars may, to a limited extent, be replaced with supplementary tasks.

Other requirements for final grade

Participation at more than 75% of seminars is mandatory. One seminar can be replaced with a supplementary written assignment.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ABE/Transport and Systems Analysis