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Aligning Transportation (complete course)

Create your own plan for building a strong and prosperous place.

Transportation investments have shaped our communities for many generations, both expanding and limiting our options with each investment decision. Today, most local governments struggle to provide adequate investments in transportation, to maintain their basic systems, and to respond to growing demands.

A Strong Towns approach guides a community in making productive transportation investments with limited available resources. We go beyond simply transportation spending to align systems of growth and development with transportation policies. In this course, we will examine:

  • The forces that have shaped local government transportation investments and how that has impacted our development pattern.
  • How to balance maintenance needs with other investment opportunities, and which investments to prioritize.
  • The difference between a road and a street, and how we increase the return-on-investment and safety of our stroads (street/road hybrids).
  • How to understand and properly respond to traffic congestion.
  • The role of safety in a transportation system and how to create a culture of systematic safety improvement.
  • The proper use of standards and codes for building transportation systems.
  • The role of biking and walking in building a productive place, and how to build support for biking and walking investments.
  • The role of transit in building a Strong Town, and how to make immediate transit enhancements on a limited budget.
  • And more….

Participants in this course will develop a plan for local action that they can begin implementing immediately.


6 payments of $116/month

Aligning Transportation

6 month payment plan

Transportation investments have shaped our communities for many generations, both expanding and limiting our options with each investment decision. Today, most local governments struggle to provide adequate investments in transportation, to maintain their basic systems, and to respond to growing demands. A Strong Towns approach guides a community in making productive transportation investments with limited available resources. We go beyond simply transportation spending to align systems of growth and development with transportation policies. In this course, we will examine: The forces that have shaped local government transportation investments and how that has impacted our development pattern. How to balance maintenance needs with other investment opportunities, and which investments to prioritize. The difference between a road and a street, and how we increase the return-on-investment and safety of our stroads (street/road hybrids). How to understand and properly respond to traffic congestion. The role of safety in a transportation system and how to create a culture of systematic safety improvement. The proper use of standards and codes for building transportation systems. The role of biking and walking in building a productive place, and how to build support for biking and walking investments. The role of transit in building a Strong Town, and how to make immediate transit enhancements on a limited budget. And more…. Participants in this course will develop a plan for local action that they can begin implementing immediately.

About the Course


Transportation investments have shaped our communities for many generations, both expanding and limiting our options with each investment decision.

Today, most local governments struggle to provide adequate investments in transportation, to maintain their basic systems, and to respond to growing demands.

A Strong Towns approach guides a community in making productive transportation investments with limited available resources. We go beyond simply transportation spending to align systems of growth and development with transportation policies. In this course, we will examine:

• The forces that have shaped local government transportation investments and how that has impacted our development pattern.

• How to balance maintenance needs with other investment opportunities, and which investments to prioritize.

The difference between a road and a street, and how we increase the return-on-investment and safety of our stroads (street/road hybrids). 

How to understand and properly respond to traffic congestion.

The role of safety in a transportation system and how to create a culture of systematic safety improvement.

The proper use of standards and codes for building transportation systems.

The role of biking and walking in building a productive place, and how to build support for biking and walking investments.

The role of transit in building a Strong Town, and how to make immediate transit enhancements on a limited budget.

Participants in this course will develop a plan for local action that they can begin implementing immediately.


Interested in purchasing multiple licenses for this course? Learn about group discounts here.

This course provides 9 AICP continuing education credits and is included in the Strong Towns Academy Subscription Bundle.

About the Instructor

Charles Marohn - known as "Chuck" to friends and colleagues - is the Founder and President of Strong Towns and the author of Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity. He is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a land use planner with two decades of experience. He holds a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning, both from the University of Minnesota.

Course Curriculum

  Introduction to Aligning Transportation with a Strong Towns Approach
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  Section 1: The forces that have shaped local government transportation investments.
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  Section 2: The difference between a road and a street.
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  Section 3: Forgiving Design
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  Section 4: Understanding Roads
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  Section 5: Great Streets
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  Section 6: Traffic Congestion
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  Section 7: Intersections
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  Section 8: Transit
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  Section 9: Biking and Walking
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  Section 10: Parking
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  Section 11: The Role of Public Safety
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  Section 12: Financing Transportation
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  Section 13: Anticipating Innovation
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