Vukan R. Vuchic

UPS Foundation Professor of Transportation Engineering
Department of Electrical and
Systems Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Professor of City and Regional Planning
University of Pennsylvania



Courses Taught


Personal Information

Areas of Research

Lectures, Papers, Presentations, Testimonies


How to contact me

NEW!  Professor Vuchic has updated his “Urban Public Transportation Trilogy":


Transportation for Livable CitiesRutgers Center for Urban Policy Research, 1999;


 Urban Transit Operations, Planning and Economics – John Wiley & Sons, 2005; and


Urban Transit Systems and Technology  - John Wiley & Sons, 2007.

In addition to his text, Dr. Vuchic has remained active on a number of projects. You can find recent activity here; Professor Vuchic is the head of Penn's Urban Transportation Systems vb4 coverGroup

Current Activities and Research
Dr. Vuchic has questioned the role of Maglev technology for high-speed ground transportation (HSGT) and further challenged the USDOT selection of demonstration projects. A preliminary evaluation was first published in the Urban Transportation Monitor which led to a debate on the topic. In the Spring 2002 issue of the Transportation Quarterly he published an article entitled An Evaluation of Maglev Technology and Its Comparison with High Speed Rail.


Dipl.-Ing., University of Belgrade, 1960
M. Eng., University of California/Berkeley, 1965
Ph.D., University of California/Berkeley, 1966

First recipient of the Dr. Friedrich Lehner Medal, Munich, Germany, 1982

Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Foreign Member, 1993

Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences, Foreign Member, 2005.

Areas of Research
Urban Transportation: Systems and their relationships. Intermodal and balanced transportation systems. Policies and methods for achieving intermodal balance. Impacts of different transportation modes on urban environment, economy and social conditions.  Measures to achieve livable cities.

Urban Public Transportation: Technology, planning, design and operation of transit systems.  Bus transit system design and operation. Light Rail, Metro and Regional Rail systems characteristics, vehicles and infrastructure and operation.  Automated and special transit modes. ITS applications.

Highway Transportation: Design of highways and streets.  Channelization. Traffic engineering. Traffic flow and control of . Signal timing. ITS applications. Bicycle and pedestrian systems and facilities planning.  Traffic calming and pedestrian zones.

Transportation Networks: Characteristics, design and operation of freeway and street networks, bus and rail transit systems networks.

Railroad Systems: Amtrak and regional rail systems. High-speed railways and Maglev systems.

Courses Taught
Transportation Systems Engineering;
Design of Transportation Systems and Facilities;
Transit Systems and Technology;
Cities and Transportation;
Senior Design Projects in Systems Engineering.

Lectures, Papers, Presentations and Testimonies
Presented lectures and short courses at 75 different universities, including University of Alberta-Edmonton, Canada; University of Belgrade; University of California, Berkeley; Carnegie-Mellon University; University of Kobe; University of Lisbon; MIT; TU München, Princeton University, Universidad de Rio de Janeiro; Universita di Roma; Universidad de Sao Paolo, Brazil; Universidad Simon Bolivar - Caracas; Universitait van Stellenbosch - RSA; Tokyo University; ETH Zürich and others.

Papers and presentations at the meetings of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, International Union of Public Transport, ORSA/INFORMS, Regional Science Association, Transportation Research Board. Testimonies in US Congressional committees, Conference of Mayors. Lecture in Departments of Transportation in U.S., Argentina and South Africa.

Lectures in Transit and Planning Agencies:
Brisbane Transit - Brisbane; Hamburger Hochbahn - Hamburg; London Transport - London; Metro - Lisbon; TRTA - Tokyo; MTA - Baltimore; NYCT - New York; SEPTA – Philadelphia; METRO – Istanbul Ulasim.

"Transit Operating Manual", Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, 1978.
"Urban Public Transportation Systems and Technology", Prentice-Hall,1981; 673 pages.
For information about Transportation for Livable Cities, or to order the book, visit the "Transportation for Livable Cities page". For information about the two Urban Transit books or to order these books, visit the book's web page at the publisher's home page.

About 120 articles, mostly on urban transportation, published in the United States, Yugoslavia/Serbia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Belgium, and other countries. Selected recent articles are available here.Livable Philadelphia

About 30 reports, including:
"Value of Speed in Transit Services"
"Timed Transfer Systems: Planning, Design and Operation"
"Parking Policy as a Transportation System Management Measure" - 1979
(With S. Kikuchi) "General Operations Plan for the SEPTA Regional High Speed System" - 1984
"New York City Control Center Modernization" - 1990
"Bus Transit System - Its Underutilized Potential" - 1994
"Long-Range Plan for SEPTA's Regional Rail System" - 1994
"Cars, Transit and Livable Cities" - 1996
"Transportation Improvements for Increased Livability in the Philadelphia Region" - 1999

Consultant on planning, design and operations of transportation systems to:
U.S. Department of Transportation - FTA

Belgrade, Serbia;
Edmonton, Canada;
Lima, Peru;
Manchester, Great Britain;
New York and Philadelphia, USA;
Perth, Australia;
Rome and Naples, Italy;
Toronto, Canada
Mexico City, Mexico

Transit and planning agencies:
NYCT - New York,
SEPTA- Philadelphia,
BART – San Francisco,
WMATA - Washington

Consulting firms:
Wilbur Smith and Associates, De Leuw Cather & Co., Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade and Douglas, Venturi and Rauch, Gellman Associates, Cambridge Systematics, BKS - Pretoria, CRS Sirrine, Buckhurst, Fish & Jacquemart and others.

Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1935.  Immigrated in the United States in 1961.
Married to Radmila V. Vuchic, Ph.D.  Children: Monika, Boris, Lili and Victor.
Hobbies: music, mountaineering, swimming, ping-pong.
Languages: Serbo-Croatian (mother tongue), English and German. Some Russian, French, Spanish.
Major field of interest: International relations and 19th - 20th century history.

Contact Information
Telephone: (215) 898-8345;
Fax: (215) 898-5020
U.S. Mail:
Professor Vukan R. Vuchic
Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering
Towne Building

220 South 33rd Street
Philadelphia PA 19104-6315
or by

vuchic's email: vuchic at seas

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