On June 3, 2004, 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 Talk the Talk: Communicating the TDM Concept in Business Terms.
Many transportation demand management (TDM) programs seek to improve the performance of existing transportation systems. TDM professionals often seek to increase focus on the trade-offs among alternative solutions or investment options, helping communities and businesses make cost-effective investment decisions. This is precisely what the practice of asset management is all about.
This one-hour session featured Tad Widby, Vice President of Parsons Brinckerhoff and an ACT TDM Institute Director and Jim Baetge, former executive officer of the California Water Quality Control Board and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. Mr. Widby compared productivity solutions from both the business and transportation fields, contrasting them with capacity solutions. Mr. Baetge discussed asset management, conservation, and other demand side solutions with a water resources and environmental perspective, applying those insights to the transportation field.
In this netconference, “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 ~20 minute question and answer session between the panelists and the audience.