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SUS 8500B Urban Transportation Planning

Sustainability in the Urban Environment

SUS 8500B Urban Transportation Planning

Spring 2019. Subject to refinement/updating.


Instructor: Professor Camille Kanga
Schedule: Mondays 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Shepherd Hall, Room 374
3 credits 3 hours/week


Professor Camille Kanga
Email/Phone:, 212-650-8087
Office Location: Marshak Hall, 910
Office Hours: Mondays 1:30-4:30 pm or by appointment.


This class is an introduction to planning transportation in metropolitan areas. It provides an overview of contemporary urban transportation planning. Specific areas of focus in this course will include the policy context for transportation planning in the U.S., methods of data collection and performance measurement, travel demand modeling, land-use transportation interactions, social and environmental impacts of transportation, financing of transportation systems, and emerging information technologies for transportation planning.


  • Acquire a good overview of the history and process of transportation planning in the U.S.
  • Have an understanding of the basic principles and methods used by engineers and planners in the planning of transportation systems.
  • Understand the overall process behind travel models and forecasts.
  • Use of computer solutions to transportation planning and design problems.
  • Familiarize with the four-step travel demand modeling process.
  • Use of models in the overall planning process.
  • Expose students to real-world design and analysis of problems.


There is no required textbook for this course; resources will be provided throughout the semester on Blackboard and in class. Please ensure that you have valid login information for Blackboard and are able to check or forward your CCNY email. Verify that your email posted on Blackboard is correct and active. Communications will be done using your email posted on Blackboard.

Some recommended resources are:

Michael D. Meyer and Eric J. Miller. Urban Transportation Planning, 2nd Edition. McGraw Hill, 2000. ISBN 007-242332-3.

Juan de Dios Ortuzar and Luis G. Willumsen. Modelling Transport, 2nd Edition. John Wiley and Sons, 1994. ISBN 0-471-94193-X.

C.S. Papacostas and P.D. Prevedouros. Transportation Engineering and Planning, 3rd Edition. Prentice Hall, 2001. ISBN 0-13-081419-9.

The Geography of Urban Transportation, Third Edition. Ed. Susan Hanson and Genevieve Giuliano. The Guilford Press, New York, 2004. ISBN 1‐59385‐055‐7.

The Transportation Planning Process: Key Issues, A Publication of the Transportation Planning Capacity Building Program, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration
Updated: September 2007, Publication Number: FHWA-HEP-07-039

Course Requirements

Attendance Policy Students are expected to attend each lecture. An attendance sheet will be passed around at the beginning of each class. Unexcused absences will negatively impact your class participation grade.


Students will be assigned reading throughout the semester. These reading assignments should be completed before each class, with a short written analysis. Students will be asked to present their results to the class for discussion. This critical analysis assignment will account for 10% of your final grade.

Two exams will be offered during the semester. A midterm exam will account for 45% of your final grade. A final will be offered during the scheduled exam period determined by CCNY. The final will account for 45% of your final grade.

Course Outline

Session Topic
1 Introduction to Transportation Planning
2 The Policy Context for Urban Transportation Planning
3 Travel Demand Modeling: Data for Transportation Planning and Evaluation
4-6 Travel Demand Modeling: Trip Generation, Trip Distribution, Mode Choice, and Trip Assignment
7 Activity-Based Modeling
9 Transit Planning
10 Financing Urban Transportation Systems
11 Intelligent Transportation Systems
12 Land Use and Transportation
13 Environmental Justice in Transportation
14 Paper Presentations

[Please note: Monday holidays and spring break will affect the course outline; please see the Spring 2019 Academic Calendar for campus closings and schedule changes.]