Using TDM to Manage Traffic at Special Events Net Conference

On October 15, 2003, the National Center for Transit Research’s National TDM and Telework Clearinghouse at the University of South Florida and the Association for Commuter Transportation held a net conference entitled Using TDM to Manage Traffic at Special Events.

Transportation Demand Management (TDM) strategies have been applied traditionally to solve problems associated with commute trips. The principles of TDM however can be used, in conjunction with traffic management strategies, to address congestion and parking concerns at venues that draw large number of spectators such as sporting, entertainment, and other special events. The “Using TDM to Manage Traffic at Special Events” net conference provided participants with an understanding of how TDM principles can apply to managing travel at event venues, the relationship of TDM and traffic management measures, and examples of where TDM/traffic management strategies have been used to manage traffic and parking effectively.

This 1-hour session featured Peter J. Valk, President, Transportation Management Services and Catherine Showalter, RIDES for Bay Area Commuters. Mr. Valk discussed how TDM can be used to manage travel demand related to events that draw large numbers of spectators such as entertainment, sporting, college campus activities, etc. Ms. Showalter talked about about the transportation information services that RIDES gives to Giants’ fans that are going to baseball games at Pac Bell Park in San Francisco.

In this net conference, attendees heard the audio portion of the live presentation via a toll-free telephone call and simultaneously viewed the PowerPoint presentation via Internet. This session included a ~30 minute question and answer session between the panelists and the audience.

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