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PROFESSIONAL 
TRANSPORTATION PLANNER® (PTP)

 
Exam Format and Content

The examination will be of multiple-choice, closed-book format consisting of 150 questions. It has been designed to provide ample time for the typical applicant to analyze and respond to all examination items without time pressure–and it is recommended that each item be answered.

The exam is administered in two 3 hour sessions (9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.) with a lunch break in between.

Subject Domains/Subdomains  Approximate Number of Questions
Land use and transportation relationships   
Basic relationships (such as interaction between land use and transportation, modes, parking, functional classification) 10
Levels of scale (such as statewide, region, corridor, neighborhood, site) 5
Role of transportation in comprehensive planning 9
Context sensitive solutions 4
Growth management 5
Needs assessment for short- and long-range planning  
Data collection (such as counts, surveys, census) 6
Planning considerations (such as safety, mobility, freight, security, management, operations, ITS) 4
Analysis of transportation data (such as peak spreading, origin-destination, transit ridership, collisions) 6
Travel forecasting (such as generation, distribution, mode split, assignment, limitations) 5
Transportation facility and service needs 4
Transportation system planning for short- and long-range goals  
Plan development steps (such as goals, objectives, alternatives development) 4
Planning considerations (such as safety, mobility, freight, security, management, operations, ITS) 4
Public involvement and outreach 6
Transportation engineering concepts and principles 6
Characteristics and relationships among transportation modes 3
Transportation system evaluation  
Performance measurement (such as reliability) 3
Alternatives analysis (such as scale) 5
Evaluation methodology (such as economic, cost-benefit) 3
Capacity analysis (such as micro, macro) 5
Impact analysis (such as nexus) 5
Mitigation strategies (such as TDM, street improvement, TSM) 5
Public policy  
Social and institutional issues (such as equity, environmental justice, prioritization) 3
Analysis of impact of public policy on transportation systems (such as local codes, regional law, federal law) 4
Financing (such as sources, limitations) 6
Environmental analysis  
Impact analysis (such as scale, plan, project, regulatory) 5
Types of impacts (such as air quality, wetlands, noise) 4
Process for environmental review 4
Plan implementation  
Project prioritization and program development 7
Strategies (such as management, operations, safety, security, policy, TDM) 5
Performance monitoring 5
Total Questions 150



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