The city will continue Boulder's existing TDM programs, which includes a proactive distribution of Eco Passes (transit), alternative mode marketing and outreach, and an extensive Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) network. Additional TDM strategies will be implemented following the principles of the business TDM committee. These will be location specific and will include travel options and/or implementation steps chosen for a customized program advancing our transportation objectives and fitting the specific needs of that area.
The TDM strategies are listed below by investment package.
Strategies recommended in the Action Plan for the city include:
- Implement the Transportation Options Toolkit for developers and employers;
- Eco Pass subsidies for 100,000 passes targeted to multimodal corridors;
- Vanpool subsidies and startup assistance, creating five (5) to 10 new vanpools per year. The goal is to establish 116 total vans by 2025, with the city paying for one-third of the cost of the van (the remainder is paid by user fees);
Up to six (6) Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) or Transportation Management Organizations (TMOs):
3. Arapahoe Avenue/55th
5. Central Area General Improvement District (CAGID) Areas
6. University of Colorado (CU)(existing);
- Market-based TDM strategies;and
- Real-time ridesharing.
Additional strategies recommended for the Vision include:
- Community Pass Program;
- 7th TDM Area - North Broadway; and
- Expanded Parking Management.
These strategies were developed as a part of the 2003 TMP Update, however, the City of Boulder investigated an array of TDM strategies.
The fertile ground necessary for a TDM plan to be effective in providing individuals with transportation choices requires land use with a sufficient mix and density of land uses, urban design which integrates with our transportation system, and a comprehensive transportation system that provides multiple choices and is seamless between modes of travel.
To be most effective, TDM strategies combine three elements:
Services provide and enhance the convenience of alternative modes (such as streamlining the process for forming a vanpool) and the coverage of those modes (such as providing better access to transit facilities). Services may include the provision of rideshare matching; vanpool formation; employee shuttles; employee transportation coordinators; marketing and information; and assistance in developing flexible working policies.
Design provides the high-quality pedestrian environment conducive to using alternatives and affects the general aesthetics of the built environment. TDM-friendly site design includes an aesthetically pleasing environment for pedestrians; adequate and convenient bicycle facilities; protected pedestrian corridors through parking facilities; preferential parking for carpools and vanpools; passenger drop-off locations near building entrances; and buildings sited to the street.
Pricing strategies provide incentives for using options to driving alone and manage the existing cost structure between modes. These strategies may include subsidized vanpools; Eco Passes; separating parking from office leases; transportation allowances; parking cash-out; parking management; and financial incentives (such as Commuter Clubs, mode use assistance, etc.).
Where Does TDM Work Best?
Three ingredients work together to provide the fertile ground necessary for a Transportation Demand Management plan to be effective in providing individuals with transportation choices. These ingredients include land use with a sufficient mix and density of land uses, urban design which integrates with our transportation system, and a comprehensive transportation system that provides multiple choices and is seamless between methods of travel.