Next-Generation Cities and Transportation

This course provides a foundation in the principles and practices of next-generation transportation and its role in advancing liveable and sustainable cities of the future.

Our current transportation system will undergo significant change, responding to climate, energy, technology, and cultural and economic shifts. Next-generation transportation anticipates these changes and advances multi-modal solutions that balance mobility and accessibility for people and goods.

The aspiration of next-generation transportation is this: people accessing most of their daily needs within walking distance while maintaining the social and economic benefits of being tied to larger region. At the same time, the transportation system should ensure effective goods movement. Next-generation solutions look at least five years out, and so are innovative and yet applicable today.

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This online course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. The interim dates/times are not the actual online class times.

What will I learn?

By the end of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Describe key components of a sustainable city of the future as well as the role of transportation and technology in realizing that future.
  • Understand the history and current realities of transport and urban form as well as current trends affecting modal choice.
  • Appreciate the relationship between transportation and land-use planning.
  • Identify key problems with conventional transportation planning.
  • Develop a persuasive case explaining how next-generation transportation can help realize the social, economic and environmental components of sustainable cities.
  • Compare and contrast next-generation transportation concepts with conventional approaches.
  • Understand key trends driving transportation planning and its impact for the future.
  • Demonstrate comprehension of the key principles and measures of success for a range of modal choices including pedestrians, cycling, transit, cars and goods movement.
  • Critically evaluate best practices of planning and design for different modes.
  • Demonstrate your understanding of components of multi-modal transportation at different geographic scales, from the region to the site, and critically analyze best-practice examples.
  • Develop an appreciation for key implementation challenges as well as the roles and worldviews of various players in politics and funding, planning and design.
  • Evaluate current processes for advancing multi-modal transportation.
  • Apply what you learn to develop an improved process that would advance next-generation transportation at four geographic scales: regions, networks, neighbourhoods/corridors or sites.
  • Apply what you learn about governance and funding concepts to identify strategies for shifting the roles and perspective of key players.

View a sample course agenda (PDF)

How will I learn?

This is a 12-week online course. You will work within scheduled start and end dates, as well as assignment timelines. In some cases, your study schedule will be entirely up to you. In other instances, you may need to meet online with your class at a specific time.

Expect to spend approximately six to eight hours per week on coursework, which will consist of the following:

  • Reading online material
  • Watching pre-recorded lecture videos
  • Real-time lectures and discussions
  • Asynchronous discussions
  • Small-group projects
  • Independent assignments

How will I be evaluated?

Your grade will be based on exercises, active participation in discussions, individual and group assignments, and a final assignment. All assignments will build upon the real-world experience mid-career professionals like you bring to continuing education.

Hardware and software requirements

In this course, you will work and communicate online. We will deliver the course materials and communication tools to you using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive details and access instructions the week before the course begins.

Technical requirements:

Professional development credits

AIBC CES participants, PIBC members and BCSLA members may self-report for continuing education learning unit consideration. 

New Zealand Planning Institute members receive 25 CPD points.