Spring 2023 - URB 660 G100

Transportation and Urban Development (4)

Class Number: 3997

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    HCC 2280, Vancouver



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 lectures, seminar discussions, and student presentations.

Course Learning Platform

Course delivery will rely on both Canvas 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 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.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


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