Sustainable Transport Policy (ITLS6103)


Transport policy decisions shape contemporary life around the world. This unit introduces students to the concepts of transport policy, focusing initially the context for policy making, how decisions are made, relationships with short- and long-term strategic planning, and how policy has become intertwined with broader sustainability concerns. The major externalities associated with transport are identified, including resource depletion, environment (greenhouse gases, air pollution, noise), human health and safety, and congestion. The unit considers the merits of and challenges associated with a range of strategies for dealing with these issues including expansion of roadway capacity, technological fixes, behaviour-based mechanisms, fiscal instruments and investment in public and non-motorised transport. The unit is particularly suited to students with broad interest in transport, urban planning, and environmental/sustainability issues.

Further unit of study information


8 x 3.5 hr lectures, 4 x 3.5 hr tutorials. Refer to timetable for full details.


In-class quizzes (20%), homework (25%), in-class debates (20%), group project report (35%)


Stopher PR and Stanley J (2014) Urban Transport: A Public Policy View

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


ITLS5100 or TPTM6241

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.