Nicole Bucich is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She has over 25 years of experience in transportation engineering and planning. Nicole has spent the majority of her career as a consultant focused on transportation projects in the New York City metropolitan area. Nicole joined the Northeast Corridor Commission in December 2018 as Senior Planning Manager, responsible for leading the development of the Northeast Corridor Strategic Development Plan. She is responsible for creating and facilitating a highly participatory, consensus-driven planning process with the Commission’s member organizations including members from USDOT, Amtrak and the nine member states. Nicole received her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and her Master of Science degree in Transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is actively involved in the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) organization and is the former co-chair of the NY Chapter mentoring committee and the Transportation You Committee, mentoring high school girls to promote Transportation STEM careers.
This course will offer an introduction to transportation planning, including both theoretical and practical approaches. This course will provide an understanding of the evolution and role of urban public transportation modes, systems and services. Additional topics will be introduced, depending upon speaker availability. Subjects in general will include characteristics of different modes (rail, bus, air), scheduling, budgeting, Federal grants, modeling, route design considerations, transit oriented development, public involvement, and project development. While primarily focused upon transportation issues in North America, international transit systems will be used as comparative study cases.