Introduces how communities look to urban transportation systems to address environmental design challenges, including urban development, congestion, pollution, sprawl, public safety, obesity, and physical isolation. Explores multi-modal transportation (walking, bicycle, public transit, vehicle) in U.S. cities and metropolitan areas in order to explain the central role of transportation in shaping environmental design, urban communities, and the lives of people. The course is both historical and topical; it examines the tandem evolution of transportation systems and urban development, and investigates current transportation debates such as environmental impacts, urban design, congestion, air quality, the role of government, and strategies for sustainable transportation travel. Includes lectures and field work. May be offered on an intermittent basis. Open to all SUNY undergraduate students. Fulfills the SUNY Humanities and SUNY Social Social Science General Education Requirements.