Quantifying the Business Benefits of TDM

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Transportation demand management (TDM) is more than carpooling. It is a set of strategies that fosters increased efficiency of the transportation system by influencing travel behavior by mode, time, frequency, trip length, cost or route. Many TDM strategies encourage the use of alternatives to driving alone to help lessen congestion and air pollution. The effectiveness of these efforts depends on employer cooperation and policies supporting these strategies. Employees’ use of transit depends on the compatibility of the employer work hour policies and attendance policies such as flextime with transit schedules. The ability of employees to take advantage of advanced traveler information systems to alter arrival and departure times to avoid congested periods depends on those same employer policies. Employer work-life friendly programs such as compressed workweek programs and telework reduce traffic and parking demands. Employer parking policies determine the availability and price of parking that influence mode choice by employees. The provision of bike and locker facilities by employers can make the difference between someone choosing to drive or use a non-motorized method. Download the final report. For more information, contact Phil Winters at winters@cutr.usf.edu or Sara Hendricks at hendricks@cutr.usf.edu.

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