Tell us what you think!
The City of Bellevue is developing a 2015-2023 Bellevue Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Plan. The public review draft is now available.
What is this plan and why does it matter?
You may be wondering: What is TDM? In the transportation industry, TDM refers to “managing” the demand side of roadway vehicle capacity, rather than the “supply” side by building extra lanes. It involves working with you—workers, residents, students, employers, and property managers in Bellevue—to increase the use of transit, carpool, vanpool, bike, walk, telework and compressed work weeks (beyond usage that would happen merely by these modes being present). We do this in multiple ways:
• We operate the On The Move Bellevue trip logging and incentive program in which you can receive incentives for trying a new mode if you log those trips, which can offset the immediate cost of trying that mode.
• Need help planning a trip or even learning how to ride the bus? Request help through our trip planning assistance form.
• We also offer to help employers with providing employee commute programs such as transit passes and teleworking.
What TDM is not: The City’s TDM function does not supply or operate transit service (which is in the purview of transit agencies such as King County Metro); nor does the City TDM group plan for or build pedestrian and bicycle facilities. But we can coordinate with the City’s transit and pedestrian/bicycle planning functions, and help people navigate those modes by distributing transit maps, printing pedestrian/bicycle maps and guides.
Why do a TDM plan?
In order to conduct effective TDM programs, we need a plan to guide us. Plans include looking at how we’ve done in the past, what worked best, what lessons we can learn, what we should aim for, and what environment we’re operating in. The City’s last TDM plans were created in 2008 and 2010 and are in need of updating.
Bellevue is facing many challenges over the next eight years: growth and construction (of buildings, roadways and East Link Light Rail); a South Bellevue Park-and-Ride closure related to East Link construction, starting in spring 2016; I-405 changes to add express toll lanes; and other challenges. Relieving pressure on roadways can help, and TDM performs: A 2010 analysis by the Puget Sound Regional Council showed that if trips avoided through the Commute Trip Reduction TDM program were added back into the transportation system, delay across the region would increase by 9 percent.
Input we’d like
We’re interested in knowing your thoughts on our best plan. How can we best encourage people to try out or increase the use of transit, carpool, vanpool, walking, biking, telework, and compressed work weeks?
Here are chapter descriptions and some questions to consider in your review (in italics):
Chapter 1, Introduction: Why we’re doing TDM in Bellevue, and what the plan is about. What are your thoughts about why we should do TDM?
Chapter 2, Status of Existing Plans: This reviews previous and existing TDM plans with performance metrics and lessons learned from those plans. Did we capture results that help guide future work?
Chapter 3, Demographics and Market Conditions: This provides some demographics on population and employment that are important to know when conducting TDM programs. Anything important to add?
Chapter 4, Survey and Market Research: Learn about TDM-related survey research in recent years, both informal and scientific. What are your observations about our observations?
Chapter 5, Measurement: Includes vision, goals, objectives and targets so that we can best measure the impact of our work. Are these measures helpful in understanding the impact of TDM?
Chapter 6, Strategies and Implementation: Existing and new ideas such as enhanced outreach using technology/mobile apps; school-based trip reduction; and parking cost “cash-out” for employees. What are your ideas? How can we make the most of our available TDM resources?
How to comment:
• Blog: Post your comments below.
• Email: Send your comments to TDMPlanComment@bellevuewa.gov
• Phone: 425-452-7896
• Comment on our Facebook page
The deadline for commenting on the plan is Monday, August 31, 2015.
And if you’re interested in other TDM planning activities at the City of Bellevue, visit the City website TDM page and the Choose Your Way Bellevue plans and activities page.
Thank you for sharing your perspectives on making our TDM work more effective. We anticipate finalizing the plan in September.
-Kate Johnson, Associate Transportation Planner, City of Bellevue