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Current Activities and Research
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.
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.
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.
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"
(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" -
"Long-Range Plan for SEPTA's Regional Rail System" -
"Cars, Transit and Livable Cities" - 1996
"Transportation Improvements for Increased Livablility in
the Philadelphia Region" - 1999
Consultant on planning, design and operations of transportation
U.S. Department of Transportation - FTA
Manchester, Great Britain;
New York and Philadelphia, USA;
Transit and planning agencies:
NYCT - New York,
BART - San Francisco,
WMATA - Washington
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
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
Telephone: (215) 898-8345;
Fax: (215) 898-5020
Professor Vukan R. Vuchic
Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering
220 South 33rd Street
Philadelphia PA 19104-6315 or by E-mail: