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    8 March 2001 For Immediate Release ... Online TDM Encyclopedia ... The first comprehensive Internet tool for Transportation Demand Management planning is now
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      8 March 2001
      For Immediate Release


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      Online TDM Encyclopedia
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      The first comprehensive Internet tool for Transportation Demand Management
      planning is now available free at the Victoria Transport Policy Institute
      website.

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      The VTPI Online TDM Encyclopedia is a unique new resource that provides
      comprehensive information about Transportation Demand Management (TDM). It
      is available free at the Victoria Transport Policy Institute (VTPI)
      website: http://www.vtpi.org

      Transportation Demand Management is a general term for strategies that
      encourage more efficient travel patterns. The Online TDM Encyclopedia is
      designed to help transportation professionals identify, plan, implement and
      evaluate TDM options. It is the only website that has comprehensive
      information on TDM in an easy-to-use format, with hyperlinks to access
      additional resources.

      "There are many innovative management strategies that could help solve
      common transportation problems, but they are not being widely implemented
      simply because decision makers know little about them," explains VTPI
      Director, Todd Litman. "The Encyclopedia allows us to share information
      about these solutions in a way that is highly accessible. We originally
      envisioned one or two pages describing about 20 TDM strategies, but the
      project just kept expanding to incorporate more features and materials."

      The Encyclopedia has detailed information on more than three-dozen TDM
      strategies, plus sections on TDM program planning and evaluation. In all,
      it contains more than 60 chapters and more than 700 pages of text. It
      incorporates hundreds of Hyperlinks to provide users with instant access to
      references and resources. This information is regularly expanded and
      updated.

      The following information is provided on each TDM strategy:
      · A description.
      · How the strategy can be implemented.
      · Travel impacts.
      · Benefits and costs.
      · Equity impacts.
      · Applications (where it is most appropriate).
      · Stakeholders.
      · Barriers to implementation.
      · Best practices
      · Case studies.
      · Information resources (many available through the Internet).

      Each strategy is rated according to its ability to help achieve various
      transportation improvement objectives (congestion reduction, road safety,
      consumer choice, environmental protection, etc.), its travel impacts,
      equity impacts, and appropriateness in various geographic and
      organizational conditions. These ratings can help users identify which
      strategies are most suitable to consider in a particular situation.

      The Encyclopedia also contains technical information on evaluation methods,
      transportation price elasticities, land use impacts on travel behavior,
      economic impacts, equity analysis, safety impacts, and sustainable
      transportation issues.

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      BACKGROUND: WHAT IS TDM?

      Transportation Demand Management is a new approach to solving
      transportation problems. Although some TDM strategies are well known, they
      are usually considered as a solution to a specific problem, rather than as
      part of a comprehensive plan with multiple benefits.

      Transportation Demand Management strategies tend to have synergistic
      effects: they are most effective when implemented in a coordinated program.
      The Online TDM Encyclopedia emphasizes an integrated approach to TDM
      planning, providing information on strategies that are complementary, and
      resources for creating coordinated TDM policies and programs.

      Comprehensive TDM planning requires a fundamental change in the way
      transportation professionals think about transportation problems and
      evaluate solutions. It means that strategies and programs which increase
      transportation system efficiency be considered equally with investments
      that increase transportation system capacity. It also requires
      comprehensive analysis that considers the full benefits and costs of each
      option.

      Transportation Demand Management solutions tend to provide multiple
      benefits. They can reduce traffic congestion, reduce road and parking
      facility costs, increase road safety, expand consumer choice, provide
      consumer savings, protect the environment, support efficient land use, and
      help achieve equity objectives. Conventional transportation planning tends
      to focus on a limited set of objectives, and so ignores many of these
      benefits. As a result, TDM strategies tend to be undervalued, while
      conventional solutions may be implemented that help solve one problem but
      exacerbate others.

      The Online TDM Encyclopedia helps users identify which TDM strategies are
      most appropriate in a particular application. It offers guidelines for
      determining when TDM solutions are most cost effective, and which
      combinations of strategies are most efficient in a particular situation.
      With hundred of Hyperlinks, the Encyclopedia allows users to quickly gather
      information on suitable and complementary strategies.

      "Transportation Demand Management creates a more diverse and
      resource-efficient transportation system," says Litman. "This can help
      solve specific transportation problems, such as traffic congestion and
      pollution, while saving money for communities and consumers. TDM programs
      also tend to increase travel options for people who are transportation
      disadvantaged. When all benefits and costs are considered, TDM is often the
      most cost effective way to improve transportation."

      "This is not to deny the significant challenges to Transportation Demand
      Management implementation," explains Litman. "Conventional transportation
      institutions treat TDM as a last resort, to be used when traditional
      solutions are impractical. For TDM to achieve its full potential benefits,
      transportation planning and funding practices must change to consider TDM
      as a potential component of any transportation plan. The Online TDM
      Encyclopedia provides practical information on how to overcome barriers to
      TDM implementation."


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      Online TDM Encyclopedia Index
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      OVERVIEW

      · About This Encyclopedia
      · Criticism of TDM
      · Evaluating TDM Equity
      · Evaluating Transportation Choice
      · Market Principles - TDM Impacts on Market Efficiency and Equity
      · Measuring Transportation
      · Safety Impacts of TDM
      · Social Benefits of Public Transit
      · Sustainable Transportation and TDM
      · TDM and Economic Development
      · TDM Evaluation - Assessing Benefits and Costs
      · The Takeback Effect
      · Why Manage Transportation
      · Win-Win Transportation Solutions

      POLICY AND INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS
      · Car-Free Planning
      · Comprehensive Transportation Market Reforms
      · Institutional Reforms
      · Least Cost Planning
      · Regulatory Reform

      TDM PROGRAMS AND PROGRAM SUPPORT
      · Access Management
      · Campus Transportation Management
      · Data collection and Participant Surveys
      · Commute Trip Reduction Programs
      · Freight Transportation Management
      · School Trip Management
      · Special Event Management
      · TDM Marketing
      · TDM Programs
      · Tourist Transport Management
      · Transportation Management Associations (TMA)

      IMPROVED TRANSPORT CHOICE
      · Address Security Concerns
      · Alternative Work Schedules
      · Bicycle Improvements
      · Bike/Transit Integration
      · Carsharing/Vehicle Rentals
      · Compressed Work Week
      · Flextime
      · Guaranteed Ride Home
      · Nonmotorized Improvements
      · Park & Ride
      · Pedestrian Improvements
      · Ridesharing
      · Shuttle Services
      · Tele-Access
      · Traffic Calming
      · Transit Improvements

      INCENTIVES TO USE ALTERNATIVE MODES AND REDUCE DRIVING
      · Bicycle and Pedestrian Encouragement
      · Congestion Pricing
      · Distance-Based Fees
      · Commuter Financial Incentives
      · Fuel Tax Increases
      · High Occupant Vehicle (HOV) Preference
      · Parking Pricing
      · Road Pricing: Congestion Pricing, Road Tolls and HOT Lanes
      · Street Reclaiming
      · Vehicle Use Restrictions

      LAND USE AND PARKING MANAGEMENT
      · Car-Free Districts and Pedestrianized Streets
      · Location Efficient Development
      · New Urbanism
      · Parking Management
      · Parking Solutions
      · Parking Policy Evaluation
      · Smart Growth
      · Transit Oriented Development (TOD)

      REFERENCE INFORMATION
      · Evaluating Nonmotorized Transport
      · Land Use Impacts on Transport
      · Resources - Publications and Websites
      · Transportation Costs
      · Transportation Elasticities
      · Trip Reduction Tables

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      ABOUT VTPI
      The Victoria Transport Policy Institute is an independent research
      organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transportation
      problems. The VTPI website has numerous information resources addressing a
      wide range of transport planning and policy issues. VTPI also provides
      consulting services.


      For more information contact:

      Todd Litman, Director
      Victoria Transport Policy Institute
      1250 Rudlin Street
      Victoria, BC, V8V 3R7, Canada
      Phone & Fax: 250-360-1560
      E-mail: litman@...
      Website: http://www.vtpi.org
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