Courses in: Transportation

Transportation Policy and Behavior

This course examines the behavioral foundation for policy design, using urban transportation as examples. We introduce multiple frameworks of understanding travel behavior, rational or irrational, contrasting the perspectives of classic economic theory with behavioral economics and social psychology, and suggest corresponding policy interventions: a behavior--theory--policy mapping.

Topics in Urban Design

This course, titled “What the L?!” will engage the real-time urban design and transportation challenges connected to the closure of one of New York City’s subway lines. The L train operates between 8th Avenue (Manhattan) and Rockaway Parkway (Brooklyn) and currently serves over 300,000 riders each day. Beginning in April 2019, the tunnel between 8th Avenue and Bedford Avenue will be closed for reconstruction, causing significant transportation disruptions.

Advanced GIS: Interactive Web Mapping and Spatial Data Visualization

Students will learn the fundamentals of web development with HTML, CSS, and Javascript, and github.   Using Free and Open Source Spatial Data tools, students will learn to bring their maps to life on the web as interactive experiences.  Use tools like QGIS, CartoDB and PostGIS.  Final project will be an interactive web map around an Urban topic of your choosing.

This course will involve programming, some experience is preferred but not required. Contact the instructor for introductory coding resources to review before class.   Personal Laptops are required.

Advanced GIS: Topics in Spatial Analysis

Sophisticated analysis of spatial data in geographic information systems (GIS) is becoming increasingly necessary to support discovery and decision-making in urban planning and policy. This course will cover several spatial analysis methods as well as the visualization and data management techniques that support these methods.

Intelligent Cities: Technology Policy and Planning

Global urbanization is driving demand for an estimated $40 trillion in infrastructure over the next two decades. At the same time information technology is spreading off the desktop and out of offices and homes into buildings, infrastructure and objects.  As these two trends collide, a broad range of stakeholders -­‐ the information technology industry, real estate developers, technology startups, citizens and civic leaders – are all looking for new opportunities to address both existing and emerging urban problems using “intelligent” systems.

Managing Humanitarian Challenges: Delivery and Logistics

“Boots  on  the  ground”  create  the  action  in  humanitarian  action. Whether  it  be  medicines,  tents,  blankets,   pumps,  textbooks, communications  equipment  or  vehicles,  materials  and  supplies  must  be  in  place  for   humanitarian  response  to  take  place. Humanitarian  logistics  is  the  management  and  execution  of  the   activities  needed  to  plan  for  and  move  relief  materials  and supplies,  along  with  related  funds  and   information,  from  suppliers  to  beneficiaries.

Sustainable Cities in a Comparative Perspective

According to estimates by the United Nations, between 2000 and 2030 the share of the world’s population living in urban areas will increase from 47% to 60%, with the fastest growing cities located in developing countries. This course examines the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability in cities. Policies and programs that try to address the challenges of sustainability from both developed and developing countries are studied and compared.

Urban Transportation Planning

This course will offer an introduction to transportation planning, including both theoretical and practical approaches.  This course will provide an understanding of the evolution and role of urban public transportation modes, systems and services.  Additional topics will be introduced, depending upon speaker availability. Subjects in general will include characteristics of different modes (rail, bus, air), scheduling, budgeting, Federal grants, modeling, route design considerations, transit oriented development, public involvement, and project development.

Transportation, Land Use, and Urban Form

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.

Public Policy and Planning in New York

There is no profession more noble than public service, and no arena more exciting than New York. Our objective is to gain insight into how our city and state governments make decisions, informed by a foundational and wide-ranging understanding of the forces at work and issues that face policymakers today. I am teaching this class because of my longstanding—and ever-expanding—interest in the practice of public policy and a deeply held belief that the effectiveness of our government depends on the quality of those who serve in it.