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Department of Road Traffic Planning and Engineering

The Department of Road Traffic Planning and Engineering (Dep. RTPE) was set up in 1976 by Mister Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Stolz within in the faculty of Civil Engineering of the University of Wuppertal.

Since the 1st August 1999 Mister Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Gerlach has taken over the direction of this department.

Currently, next to Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ing Jürgen Gerlach research assistants and several student assistants editing numerous international research projects in different fields of transport research and particularly in the field of activity of road safety. Prof. Gerlach is also delegate to the PIARC Committee Safer Road Infrastructure and editor of the magazine for road safety.

For the Department of Road Traffic Planning and Engineering the integrated approach is in the context of urban, regional and transport planning as well as the interrelationships between people, transport and the environment with a focus on road safety at the forefront in all activities. Research at the Dep. RTPE refer to an integrated view of all transport systems, the link between sectoral planning as well as the interrelationships between settlement pattern, social- , economic-, financial- , regional development planning and traffic.

The scope of duties of the Dep. RTPE extends the field of teaching, research and project work on all issues in the field of private transportation. Special emphasis is placed on the practicality of teaching and research. The following tasks can be seen as an activity area of this department:

  • Integrated city and traffic planning
  • Design and dimensioning of traffic infrastructure
  • Road safety
  • Network planning and design
  • Traffic model calculation
  • Traffic system / mobility management
  • Traffic engineering and traffic control
  • Environmental protection and planning
  • Noise protection and mobility research

The department is associated with the expert centre Traffic and Transport. Further departments of the centre are:

Public Transport Systems and Mobility Management
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrike Reutter

Pavement Research Centre
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hartmut Beckedahl

Urban Studies and Sustainable Infrastructure Planning
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Felix Huber

Freight Transport Planning and Logistics
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ing. Bert Leerkamp

Train System Technology
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Häßler

Air Traffic
Prof. Dr- Ing. Jürgen Friedel

Sustainable Urban Development
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Oskar Reutter

Competition in Public Transport
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Hoffmann

Joint webpage of the expert centre Traffic and Transport