Academic Programs

Sustainable Transportation Concentration

Sustainable Transportation at USF: The USF Bullrunner and Share-a-Bull bike program.


  Concentration Description:

The M.A. in Global Sustainability concentration in Sustainable Transportation teaches methods for achieving a more sustainable transportation system and how that system fits into efforts to improve community design and the livability of urban areas.


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Concentration Director:

Dr. Robert L. Bertini

Director of Sustainable Transportation Concentration
Professor and Director of Center for Urban Transportation Research

Dr. Bertini


Concentration Courses (9 credit hours)                  Choose three: 

  • TTE 5501 - Transportation Planning & Economics (3)

Fundamentals of urban transportation planning: trip generation, trip distribution, modal split, traffic assignment. Introduction to environmental impact analysis, evaluation an choice of transportation alternatives.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

  • TTE 6651 - Public Transportation (3)

The objective of this course is to create an understanding of public transport by students whose careers are likely to involve interaction with or working in public transportation. At the completion of the material, students should have a working knowledge of the role that public transportation plays in providing mobility. The course will cover the full spectrum of public transportation issues including history and evolution of public transportation, travel behavior and mode choice, public transportation planning, financing, marketing, public transportation technologies, transportation-land use relationships, multimodal planning, service planning and scheduling, strategic planning, and public transportation administration. 

*This course is available on-campus and online.

  • TTE 6655 - Transportation and Land Use (3)

The relationship between transportation investment and transportation facility design is increasingly being recognized as a critical aspect of transportation and land use planning. A host of topics such as those excerpted above will be the focus of this course. Classes will focus on lectures and discussions of classic and contemporary readings on transportation and land use. Extensive discussion and participation by class members and guest speakers are planned.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

  • URP 6711 - Multimodal Transportation Planning (3)

This course focuses on multimodal transportation planning, including planning for roadways, public transportation, bicycling, pedestrians, and the movement of freight. It addresses contemporary transportation planning from a multidisciplinary perspective, reviews the roles of various agencies and organizations in transportation planning, and emphasizes the relationship of transportation to land use and urban form. Related themes include the role of transportation planning in advancing sustainability and livability objectives. A goal of the course is to familiarize urban planning, engineering, and architecture/community design students with the diversity of contemporary transportation issues and multimodal planning best practices pertinent to these disciplines.

*This course is only available on-campus.

  • IDS 6207 - Renewable Transportation Fuels (3)

The course provides energy practitioners with a thorough understanding of the technology, business, and financial and sustainability issues of renewable transportation fuels, which are intended to power vehicles and aviation as the economy shifts towards a greener and more sustainable basis.

*This course is available on-campus and online

  • TTE 6657 -  Sustainable Transportation (3)

Overview & analysis of concepts & designs for sustainable transportation from global-to-local, interdisciplinary perspective, including pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transportation. Addresses economy, environment, and equity. Hands on a design project.

*This course is available only on-campus

Preferred Electives

  • TTE 5205 - Traffic Systems Engineering (3)

The course explores traffics models, intersection analysis, capacity analysis, data methods collection, parking studies, volume and speed studies, freeway management, and advanced technologies.

*This course is available on-campus and online

  • TTE 6507 - Travel Demand Modeling (3)

The course will discuss statistical modeling of travel demand forecasting; emphasis will be placed on the trip generation and trip changing.

*This course is available only on-campus

  • TTE 6315 - Transportation Safety (3)

The course will cover transportation safety studies, accident data analysis, traffic safety control devices, special population regiment safety, highway conflict studies, accident reconstruction, and tort and liability issues.

*This course is available only on-campus

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NOTE: Please be advised that your degree requirements may be different than the requirements mentioned above if you were admitted to our degree program prior to Fall 2018. Please refer to our previous catalog to understand your respective degree requirements


On successful completion of this program, participants should be able to: 

  • Describe the concept of sustainable transportation and how transportation and land use planning practices impact modal options, public health, the natural and built environment, the economy, community cohesion, and social equity.
  • Become familiar with public transportation options, as well as innovations in urban transportation, such as car sharing, bike sharing, automated vehicles, electric vehicles, and intelligent transportation systems.
  • Become familiar with data, analytic tools and performance measures used in sustainable transportation decision-making.
  • Apply multimodal transportation planning concepts and best practices, such as context-sensitive solutions, smart growth, and complete streets.
  • Analyze the opportunities and constraints for implementing sustainable transportation planning solutions and be able to critically analyze sustainable transportation policies and programs.

For more information about this concentration, please contact the PCGS Academic Programs Director:

Randall Pape