Summer 2021 - URB 660 G100

Transportation and Urban Development (4)

Class Number: 3585

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM

  • Instructor:

    Anthony Perl
    Office: Closed
    Office Hours: Online by appointment. Send send e-mail to



Explores the relationships between mobility, economic activity, and social interaction that influence urban development. Topics considered will include the spatial dynamics underlying travel behavior, the vehicle and infrastructure technology used in meeting mobility needs, the organizations that deliver transportation services and the public policies that govern an urban transportation system.


The movement of goods and people within and between cities is a fundamental factor in defining and shaping an urban area.  This course will explore the development of urban and inter-city transportation systems and their economic and social impacts. The mobility characteristics, and economic and environmental impacts of various modes will be considered. Behavioural aspects of transport demand and the role of planning and policy in influencing transport (mis)behaviour will also be examined.

The course will build skills in identifying the climate and energy risks associated with mobility that threaten future urban sustainability, and how to mitigate and manage these disruptions.  The course will offer a mix of online lectures, seminar discussions, and student presentations.  Students will have the opportunity to conduct a virtual field trip to a transportation facility in Metro Vancouver and present their findings to the seminar on how it is adapting to the current pandemic.  Those who opt to make this field trip presentation will not present on their research paper.

Course location and time

Thursdays, 5:30 - 9:20 p.m. (online – synchronous)

Room: Zoom

Course Learning Platform

Course delivery will rely on both Canvas and Zoom in ways that will be detailed in the syllabus and discussed at the first seminar.



  • Completion of weekly analytical template on readings 25%
  • Research question for paper 10%
  • Research paper draft 25%
  • Presentation on research paper OR virtual field trip 10%
  • Research paper, final version 30%



Both texts are available as e-books through the SFU Library.

Jeffrey Tumlin, 2012.  Sustainable Transport Planning: Tools for Creating Vibrant, Healthy, and Resilient Communities. (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons)

Preston L. Schiller and Jeffrey R. Kenworthy, 2018. An Introduction to Sustainable Transportation: Policy, Planning and Implementation. Second Edition (Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge)

Some additional electronic readings on transportation, environmental, and policy will be assigned.

Graduate Studies Notes:

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Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112).