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Transportation Demand Management

Which employers are leading on commuter benefits?

Employer TDM programs aren’t just for reducing congestion on highways – they also make good business sense, contributing to productive workplaces and employee retention. Best Workplaces for Commuters, a program of the Center for Urban Transportation Research, today released its 2017 list of employers leading the way in TDM programs, a national lineup of companies making… Read more »

Publicly visible transit info helps people make smart decisions

Displays make the process of taking transit easier A longer version of this post originally appeared on the TransitScreen blog. There’s a trillion-dollar trend called the ‘Internet of Things” – simply put, adding small computers to physical objects, and connecting everything together over the internet so useful information can be collected. When a recent McKinsey… Read more »

What is TDM? Shaping a new era of transportation options

Here at Mobility Lab, we throw around the term “transportation demand management,” or “TDM” for short, as the core concept that unites our research and coverage. But the idea itself is one that is often not present in the widespread public understanding of and discussions about transportation and transit issues. Hence the purpose of our… Read more »

Five ways TDM is invisible (and why that should change)

Transportation demand management is like an alarm clock. It’s the under-appreciated mechanism that, once set into place, plays a significant role in changing your routine and habits over time. The alarm clock does the dirty – largely invisible – work of taking you from a restless, grumpy night of sleep into the sun-shining, coffee-scented, iPad-reading… Read more »

Top 50 Traits of a Great Transit Manager

What traits and skill sets are important to becoming a great public transportation leader? METRO Magazine, where I serve as executive editor, surveyed more than 200 transit executives to find out. Being a skilled communicator and listener were the most commonly cited attribute, while having a good sense of humor and being able to laugh… Read more »

FAST Potomac Yard Helping Community Save Big Money on Transportation

Moving more people on a transportation network of roads, bridges, and rails is tricky business. Additional roads and transit lines are needed, and the existing network must be managed more efficiently. The latter process is called “transportation demand management (TDM),” and for neighborhoods like Arlington’s Potomac Yard, it can be a crucial factor in eliminating gridlock… Read more »

TDM is Not Scary: A 101 on Transportation Demand Management

“How do we begin to covet, Clarisse? Do we seek out things to covet? No, we covet what we see every day.” – Hannibal Lecter in Thomas Harris’s Silence of the Lambs Here at Mobility Lab, we share stories about transportation options that are “cool, healthy, fun, and efficient.” The thing is: these stories are about something… Read more »

Congestion Isn’t Just About Highways

This article was originally published by Greater Greater Washington. Trends indicate that Americans are driving less and have diminished interest in owning a vehicle. But what happens when the transportation modes they switch to become as crowded as the highways they left? In the United States, we usually focus on gridlock and time lost while driving,… Read more »

Are Humans Still Needed In a World of Smartphone Apps?

Recently I had my first Apple Store app scan-and-pay experience. Apparently it is now possible to walk into an Apple store, find the product you want, scan the barcode with your iPhone and Apple Store app, charge the item to your iTunes account, and walk out with your receipt being emailed to you – all… Read more »

Keeping Transportation Personal in a Digital Age

Do you remember telephone operators? Have you ever heard of telephone operators, or switchboard operators? If the only thing that comes to mind are black and white photos of Victorian women seated in rows in front of large panels of cords, then you are correct. Telephone operators, once tasked with connecting phone lines before the… Read more »