Next-Generation Transportation for Corridors and Neighbourhoods

Current practice for transportation planning and design uses a set of well-established practices and tools that lead to roadway expansion at the expense of other modes, perpetuating a slate of problems associated with auto dependency. Multi-modal transportation is an emerging approach that aims to provide greater modal choice and provide a more balanced transportation system in the face of uncertainty and change.

This is the second of two courses on multi-modal transportation that will focus on neighbourhoods, corridors and sites. You will learn principles and practices of multi-modal transportation planning at these three scales in order to promote transportation that balances and integrates roads with freight, transit, bicycles and pedestrians. We will use case studies to explore how to resolve conflicts and trade-offs between different modes, often in constrained spaces. We will emphasize how strategies at the neighbourhood, corridor and site scales interact and coordinate, as well how they can support multi-modal transportation solutions at higher scales such as networks and regions.

Please note: The spring 2020 offering will be the last for this course until the Next-Generation Transportation program is relaunched in 2021. This course is for current cohort students only!

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Schedule clarification: This course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. Between those times, you work at your own pace within the timelines set by the instructor.

What will I learn?

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

Neighbourhood and corridor planning

  • Demonstrate your understanding of the key principles and concepts of neighbourhood and corridor planning, including the six Ds of transit-oriented communities.
  • Identify and understand the many areas of integration between land use and transportation planning and strategies.
  • Demonstrate your understanding of a range of strategies to coordinate multiple modes of transportation within corridors and effectively integrate with neighbourhood planning and urban form.
  • Assess how neighbourhood and corridor plans and strategies interact, as well as how adjustments to either can have effects at both higher and lower geographic scales.
  • Identify opportunities for integration and conflict resolution.
  • Critically assess case studies of neighbourhood and corridor planning in order to discern strengths, challenges, lessons learned in terms of the planning and design process, analytical tools used, and outcomes achieved.
  • Apply best-practice learning to your work and/or community.

Station and site planning and design

  • Demonstrate your understanding of the site’s contribution to sustainable cities and next-generation transportation, as well as the principles and key concepts of next-generation site planning and development.
  • Compare and contrast the different types of site developments such as transit-oriented development, transit-integrated development, bicycle-oriented development, mixed-use development, Greenfield master developments and retrofitting the suburbs.
  • Demonstrate your understanding of a range of strategies to effectively integrate different modes within site developments, and be able to assess the impact of demand management strategies on trip and parking generation.
  • Assess how adjustments to site developments can have effects at both higher and lower geographic scales and be able to identify ways to resolve conflicts.
  • Compare and contrast the costs and benefits of different site sustainability rating systems such as LEED and be able to identify the best choice for different sites.
  • Demonstrate your understanding of key principles of urban design that are relevant for different modes at the site and street level in sufficient detail to be able to critically evaluate design and ask good questions of design specialists.
  • Demonstrate your understanding of the design of complete streets and identify a range of strategies that can resolve conflicts between different modes when faced with a constrained right-of-way.
  • Critically assess case studies representing different types of site development in order to discern strengths, challenges and lessons learned in terms of the planning and design process, analytical tools used, and outcomes achieved.
  • Apply best-practice learning to your work and/or community.

See 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
  • Discussions
  • Asynchronous discussions
  • Small-group projects
  • Independent assignments

How will I be evaluated?

You will be evaluated through 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. 

Textbooks and learning materials

Most course materials will be available online. We will send you information about course access on the first day of the course.

Hardware and software requirements

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

New to online learning? See About Online Learning for helpful videos and additional information.

Professional development credits

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

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