URBAN TRANSPORT POLICY: A GLOBAL VIEW
2018/2019, Semester 1
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Lee Kuan Yew School Of Public Policy)
Modular Credits: 4
PP5267 Urban Transport Policy: a Global View
Outline for 2018-19 Semester 1 Paul Barter
There is also a short video trailer for the course.
THE IMPORTANCE OF URBAN TRANSPORT POLICY
Urban transport tends to be controversial. Crises are common. Budgets are large. Daunting problems often impact on the daily lives of huge numbers of people. Recently, disruptive technological and business innovations in transport have begun to present exciting opportunities but also great uncertainty and risk.
Urban transport policy and investments have long-lasting impacts on liveability, social equity, the environment, the developing urban fabric and cities’ economic efficiency. There are huge potential costs of both action and inaction.
BRIEF MODULE DESCRIPTION
This is an ‘applied public policy’ elective. It links public policy principles with urban transport choices. For LKY School students it provides opportunities to apply concepts from other public policy courses and to deepen your understanding. However, knowledge of public policy is not a pre-requisite.
Transport policy does not have to be your expected future career. Many policy-related professionals need to be discerning consumers of urban transport policy analysis and this course aims to enable you to engage in critical and constructive discussion with technical transport experts.
The course takes a comparative policy perspective with examples from a variety of situations around the world (in terms of income, motorization, city type and institutions). This includes various Asian cities as well as Singapore’s urban transport development.
WORKLOAD - HOURS PER WEEK
Lecture/Class: 3; Projects, assignments, etc.: 3.5; Preparatory work: 3.5. Total: 10 hours.
MODES OF TEACHING AND LEARNING
Most classes will involve a little lecturing as well as activities in which students play an active role, including exercises, case discussions and debates.
A concise video lecture (about 20 minutes most weeks in Sections 1 and 2) will be provided and should be viewed before class. There will still be some lecturing in class but this enables more class time to be devoted to activities and discussion.
SESSION TOPICS AND KEY DATES
Classes are on Monday evenings (6.30-9.30pm) at the LKY School, Bukit Timah Campus.
Section 1. Introductions to the Basics
This section introduces key ideas that are essential for understanding urban transport policy debates. It provides a basis for starting on the assignments and for later sections.
Session 1: Basics and Fundamentals (13 Aug)
Session 2: Private motorized transport basics (20 Aug)
Session 3: Public transport basics (27 Aug)
Session 4: Transport/land-use and the idea of accessibility (3 Sept)
Section 2: Applying the Basics and Exploring Key Additional Topics
This section builds on the basics and applies them to important topics, including some new ones.
Session 5: Roads and streets; Discussion to help on City Profile assignment Stage 1 (10 Sept)
Session 6: Public transport: further issues (17 Sept)
Session 7: Parking; Quiz #1 on Section 1 (1 Oct)
Session 8: Walking, cycling and Personal Mobility Devices; Discussions about City Profile Stage 2 (8 Oct)
Mobility as a service; Discussion on preparing for Controversies activities (15 Oct)
Session 10: Singapore’s urban transport story; Quiz #2 on sessions 5 to 9 (22 Oct)
Section 3: Controversies
This final part of the course helps you apply the concepts and insight from Sections 1 and 2 to transport policy dilemmas and controversies from Sessions 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.
Session 11: Controversy #1: roads and streets; Controversy #2: public transport (29 Oct)
Session 12: Controversy #3: parking; Controversy #4: walking, cycling, PMDs (5 Nov)
Session 13: Controversy #5: mobility as a service; Controversy #6: Singapore case; Course feedback (12 Nov)
More detailed instructions on assignments will be provided by Session 2 or earlier.
(i) Contribution to class: 10%
Any of the following may be taken into account: evidence of preparation; thoughtful class participation; constructive in group discussions; comments on blog.
(ii) Quizzes: 2x10%
Two short (45 minute) quizzes aimed at reinforcing key concepts from class and readings.
Quiz #1 is on Section 1 and will be on 1 Oct. Quiz #2 is on sessions 5 to 9 and will be on 22 Oct.
(iii) City profiles
The focus of these exercises is a set of data on many international cities that will be shared with you on 27 August. You will use this data, supplemented by a little additional research by you, to carry out assignments that will draw on concepts and tools from the course. You will focus your attention on one specific city while also seeking to understand how it compares with all of the others.
: This written assignment will focus on the data set and a modest amount of additional research to prepare a concise but informative City Transport and Urban Structure Profile for one city. This profile will examine this specific city’s path-dependent urban transport development trajectory over time, reflect on how it compares with others internationally and ask which historical policy settings (or circumstances) likely influenced such development. Everyone’s Stage 1 report will be shared with the whole class, as an input for Stage 2. (Due: 16 Sept).
: This written assignment focuses on analysing contemporary and near-future policy options for key urban transport policy settings for your city. It will be informed by the international comparisons and the historical perspective from all of the Stage 1 reports. (Due: 4 Nov)
(iv) Urban transport controversies
In this set of exercises you will focus on urban transport policy conflicts (yours will be allocated/chosen on 3 Sept.) and apply course concepts to explore key points of controversy. The sessions in Section 2 of the course are crucial preparation.
: Prepare two Op Eds (opinion pieces for a local newspaper) on the controversy from two contrasting stakeholder groups. (Due one week after the relevant Section 2 session. Or two weeks for the group tackling Roads and Streets – to avoid clashing with Stage 1 of the City Profiles)
: Cooperate with other students tackling the same topic to plan, prepare and facilitate a 50-minute class activity in the relevant week (11, 12 or 13). This should bring to life the key issues in the controversy. Other class members will prepare by reading your Op Eds from Step 1, which will be posted on the class blog.
: Prepare a memo/essay with your reflections on all six controversies (Due 19 Nov)
Total for CA: 100%
READINGS AND RESOURCES
A resource for several parts of the course (shared under a Creative Commons License by its authors) is:
Levinson, David M., Wes Marshall and Kay Axhausen (2017)
Elements of Access: Transport Planning for Engineers, Transport Engineering for Planners
. Sydney: Network Design Lab.
[Find a copy in the PP5267 course IVLE in the Readings folder].
It will be referred to below as
Elements of Access