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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
School of Design
University of Pennsylvania

Education Courses Taught Publications Personal Information
Areas of Research Lectures, Papers, Presentations Consulting Contact Information
For a listing of Dr. Vuchic's activities since the year 2000, click here.

Current Activities and Research
Last year, Dr. Vuchic latest book, Urban Transit Operations, Planning, and Economics was published (shown at right). The publisher, John Wiley & Sons, has a webpage describing the book in detail. You may visit it here.

Dr. Vuchic is currently working on a new edition of his first book, Urban Public Transportation Systems and Technology, which will appear next year.

In the past 18 months, 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. More recently, he published an article in Transportation Quarterly entitled An Evaluation of Maglev Technology and Its Comparison with High Speed Rail. In the subsequent TQ, an article was published questioning Dr. Vuchic's findings. Dr. Vuchic has prepared a rebuttal which has been submitted for publication.

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

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, infrastructure, and operation. Automated and special transit modes. ITS applications.

Highway Transportation: Design of highways and streets. Channelization. Traffic engineering. Traffic flow and control. 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 72 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 Association of Public Transport (UITP), 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.

Transit Operating Manual. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, 1978.
Urban Public Transportation Systems and Technology. Prentice-Hall, 1981. 673 pages.
Transportation for Livable Cities. CUPR--Center for Urban Policy Research, Rutgers University, 1999. 352 pages.
Urban Transit Operations, Planning, and Economics. John Wiley & Sons, 2005. 644 pages.

For information about Transportation for Livable Cities, or to order the book, visit the "Transportation for Livable Cities" page at the CUPR website. For information about Urban Transit Operations, Planning, and Economics, or to order the book, visit the Urban Transit Operations, Planning, and Economics page at the John Wiley & Sons website.

About 115 articles, mostly on urban transportation, published in the United States, Yugoslavia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Belgium, and other countires. Selected recent articles are available here.

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 Livablility 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;
Roma, Italy;
Toronto, Canada

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 many 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 E-mail: