William Wheeler

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning

In memoriam

We note with great sadness the passing, on Oct. 27, of William Wheeler, who taught and inspired students at NYU Wagner as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning. He was an engaging, enthusiastic, and illuminative colleague and friend.

Professor Wheeler served as a New York mass transit official for decades. At the MTA, he participated in strategic planning decisions on behalf of millions of bus, subway, and commuter-rail riders. Though little-known by the headline writers, his accomplishments touched on such innovations as the introduction of the MetroCard, the mapping of the modern route of the Second Avenue subway, and installation of countdown clocks for subway platforms. He also worked on the massive Atlantic Terminal and the LIRR East Side Access projects.

In 2011, the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management at Wagner awarded him its Public Service Leader Award, and, at the school’s invitation, he co-taught the Transportation, Land Use, and Urban Form course, drawing from his hands-on experience at the intersection of politics, policy, and planning in New York.

This is an introductory course in urban transportation planning. The course is divided into 3 parts. Part One is a foundational review of theories and research about the complex relationships among transportation, land use and urban form.  Part Two examines certain key factors that today’s transportation planners deal with as transportation and land use interact in the context of planning and projects. Part Three involves a review of some of the most notable transportation and land use plans, projects and problems facing the New York City metropolitan region. The final class examines useful international trends and comparisons.

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This is an introductory course in urban transportation planning. The course is divided into 3 parts. Part One is a foundational review of theories and research about the complex relationships among transportation, land use and urban form.  Part Two examines certain key factors that today’s transportation planners deal with as transportation and land use interact in the context of planning and projects. Part Three involves a review of some of the most notable transportation and land use plans, projects and problems facing the New York City metropolitan region. The final class examines useful international trends and comparisons.

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This is an introductory course in urban transportation planning. The course is divided into 3 parts. Part One is a foundational review of theories and research about the complex relationships among transportation, land use and urban form.  Part Two examines certain key factors that today’s transportation planners deal with as transportation and land use interact in the context of planning and projects. Part Three involves a review of some of the most notable transportation and land use plans, projects and problems facing the New York City metropolitan region. The final class examines useful international trends and comparisons.

Download Syllabus

This is an introductory course in urban transportation planning. The course is divided into 3 parts. Part One is a foundational review of theories and research about the complex relationships among transportation, land use and urban form.  Part Two examines certain key factors that today’s transportation planners deal with as transportation and land use interact in the context of planning and projects. Part Three involves a review of some of the most notable transportation and land use plans, projects and problems facing the New York City metropolitan region. The final class examines useful international trends and comparisons.

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