Transportation students must have a broad, comprehensive curriculum including both education and training. The student must be flexible enough to adapt to technological development and social change. The program content must acquaint the student with the many interrelated factors in planning, management and design of transportation systems. Such a program should have courses dealing with planning of expressways and street grids, passenger and freight terminals, transit, and the nature and control of traffic using these facilities. The study of operations research (probability, statistics and optimization) should also be emphasized. System engineering, a descriptor for such a program, involves interdisciplinary teams, use of mathematical models and optimization. In order to satisfy the needs of society, facilities must be built or upgraded. In doing so, designers must be cognizant of the social, economic and physical environments into which such facilities will be placed. Aesthetic considerations must be a part of such design, as should environmental effects and the needs of pedestrians. Programs of continuing education will keep the transportation engineer current; a multidisciplinary approach to transportation education should be the direction of such studies. The administrative organization of the university structure must be adapted to include such an approach.

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