The Association for Commuter Transportation has named the week of May 10-14 as TDM Week to spread awareness of how important TDM is. Unless you're in the transportation industry, it's probably an acronym you haven't heard of.
TDM stands for Transportation Demand Management, and it simply means spreading the demand - people who are traveling - to more than one mode. In other words, instead of the majority of travelers driving alone on roads that have limited capacity, people would use a combination of modes like transit, biking, carpooling, shuttles, attending work or events remotely, and driving. That leaves more space on roads for those who must drive. Movability helps employers, developers, property managers, and individuals connect with better travel choices so that our region can grow without gridlock.
Regions that support TDM see:
- More reliable and affordable transportation options
- Reduced traffic congestion
- Better public health and safety outcomes
- Better productivity and more connection to jobs
For the first time ever, U.S. representatives are considering a bill that would fund TDM programs and research, add TDM to the federal code for transportation definitions, and create a TDM Advisory Committee at the U.S. D.O.T.
If that sounds exciting to you, you can find ways to support that bill here.