Transportation Systems Curriculum for High Schools

The purpose of this project was to develop and implement a transportation systems curriculum for high schools. The curriculum was initially implemented in five Alabama high schools having large percentages of underrepresented populations both unaware that transportation systems is an area of study in college and needing further preparation while still in high school for studying transportation systems or a related field in college. The curriculum includes learning modules covering introductory topics in transportation; road signage, striping, safety, and work zone traffic control; setting speed limits and progressive signal timing; accident reporting and investigation; hurricane evacuation; and ethics, alternative fuels, and alternative forms of transportation. It is taught during parts of the semester of an existing elective course. The curriculum is delivered as an internet-based computer software developed by the investigators that is downloadable from the internet, which means that the curriculum is widely available to high schools throughout the U.S. The software is provided with a tutorial for high school faculty to self-learn the curriculum and university application information. Download instructions for the software are available starting at

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This research was funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

    Department of Industrial Engineering, P.O. Box 870288
    Tuscaloosa, AL  United States  35487-0288

    University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

    Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, P.O. Box 870205
    Tuscaloosa, AL  United States  35487-0205

    University Transportation Center for Alabama

    University of Alabama
    Tuscaloosa, AL  United States  35487
  • Authors:
    • Elam, Matthew E
    • Fonseca, Daniel J
    • Lindly, Jay K
    • Brumback, Terry
  • Publication Date: 2006-12-31


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 18p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01046431
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UTCA 06101
  • Contract Numbers: DTSR0023424
  • Files: UTC, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 19 2007 5:00PM