As Research Manager for Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS), Sonali has provided survey, analysis, and policy development services related to parking and transportation demand management (TDM), as well as communication and collaboration support for transportation research and policy. She studies the impact of TDM and parking policies implemented by site plan buildings on traffic generation and travel patterns. She also helps with communicating results of ACCS transportation research studies.
In prior years, she has helped develop parking policy for Arlington County, including the Parking and Curb Space element of the Master Transportation Plan, a proposal for an administrative policy for adjusting parking requirements for site plan office buildings in Metro station areas, and a proposed policy for management and pricing for public parking spaces in the Arlington Mill Community Center garage.
She also provided support on the I-95 Transit/TDM plan, and Transit Development Plans for Arlington Transit (ART), PRTC, JAUNT Inc., and Pulaski Transit for Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, and a Regional Transportation Vision for the Navy.
Sonali’s diversified experience covers urban and regional planning, installation master planning, as well as urban and landscape design for a variety of public- and private-sector clients. Her federal planning projects have included the development of campus master plans and policy documents for Department of Defense (DOD) installations including Fort Belvoir and Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield, as well as AICUZ/RAICUZ plans for US Navy and US Marine Corps training ranges. She helped develop installation design guidelines, landscape drawings, and a multimodal transportation management plan for Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. She also worked on a facility utilization plan for DOD schools in the Stuttgart area in Germany, and the U.S. Coast Guard Regional Strategic Plan for Group Charleston, SC.
Sonali is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). She has a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor in Architecture from University of Mumbai, India.
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Transportation Demand Management (TDM) programs have historically been implemented to address traffic congestion and air pollution caused by vehicle travel or to reduce transportation energy consumption. The TDM community has developed approaches to measure performance or quantify achievements towards these goals. The impacts of a TDM program are often expressed in terms of reductions in vehicle trips, vehicle [...]