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Top TDM Case Studies

Here are examples of great TDM ideas and programs happening all over the world. Check back often as we constantly add more stories and work to make them all easier to discover on our site. And please let us know about your examples so we can feature them here.

Infrastructure Money Tight? Do Better Bus Marketing

If cities want to reduce the need for expensive infrastructure improvements, they should brand and market their buses better, according to New York Times conservative commentator Josh Barro. Citing a 2009 report from the Federal Transit Administration, he notes there is evidence to believe that transit agencies could attract more discretionary or choice riders if… Read more »

Transit Comfort Begins with Great Customer Service

There’s a story that’s popular in business schools. A blizzard in the California Sierras had knocked out all communications and deliveries to customers of a California FedEx office. Unable to meet the company’s “absolutely, positively delivered overnight” guarantee, a junior FedEx staffer, without approval of his managers, rented a helicopter (charging it on his personal… Read more »

Boeing Flies Right on Transportation Options

Boeing’s new regional headquarters has opened in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia. And it’s an example of how a large company can prop up a local economy while minimizing its impact on traffic congestion. Boeing chose Crystal City because of its location across the Potomac River from Washington D.C., and for the multiple… Read more »

Arlington Hotels Helping Drive Public-Transportation Ridership

When it comes to public transportation, some of Arlington, Virginia’s most forward-thinking businesses are in the hospitality industry. A handful of hotels have recently been recognized for their initiatives, in partnership with Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP), to implement transit benefits and educate their employees about the area’s transportation options. They were honored at a recent… Read more »

Plowing Snow for People Who Bike Gives Arlington National Cachet

With a new program to plow snow from bike paths, the work of BikeArlington in Arlington County, Virginia has been recognized as a national leader with a feature in today’s Washington Post. “Arlington County has committed to clearing trails,” said Tim Kelley, operations manager for BikeArlington. “That’s been a huge thing — really, just in… Read more »

3 Tech Ideas to Vanquish Your Driving Headaches

Even with the popularity of bikeshare and growing use of public transportation by Millennials, 87.8 percent of all commuting is done by car in the U.S., according to a January 2014 study by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Also, in 2014, IHS Automotive found a 1.5 percent increase in cars on the road versus 2013… Read more »

Arlington Businesses Honored as “Champions” of Making Transportation Easier

This time of the year in Hollywood, award ceremonies happen almost every night. But in Arlington today, the only place to be was at the Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP) 2014 Champions Breakfast Ceremony. “Government can’t do it alone. This really is a partnership with the business community, and you’re work makes an enormous difference every… Read more »

3 Lessons Working for the Newspaper Teaches About Transportation Choice

I came to the transportation demand management (TDM) industry after an eight-year stint with the local daily newspaper, working as a marketing analyst in the circulation department. My time there corresponded with massive changes in the newspaper industry brought on by new ways of delivering information, by skyrocketing fuel costs that drove up delivery expenses,… Read more »

Arlingtonians Can Now Pay Cash for Capital Bikeshare Membership

The new year is seeing a new way for Arlington County residents to obtain Capital Bikeshare memberships: with cash. The pilot program, called Arlington Resident Cash Membership, begins this week. It is intended to bring the membership service to the “unbanked” residents of the county. Despite Capital Bikeshare‘s huge success — it routinely competes with New York’s… Read more »

CarFreeAtoZ Adding Goodies to Become the Complete Trip Planner

CarFreeAtoZ is a personalized trip-planning and comparison tool that Arlington County, Virginia beta-launched this fall as part of its Transit Tech Initiative. Now, beta testing is wrapping up and feedback is being incorporated. Here are some of the top priorities identified: Making It Easier and Better to Use CarFreeAtoZ is designed for commuters to easily… Read more »