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    November 15, 2001 For Immediate Release * NEWS RELEASE * ... VTPI Online TDM Encyclopedia ... The newly revised Online TDM Encyclopedia is now the most
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      November 15, 2001
      For Immediate Release

      * NEWS RELEASE *
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      VTPI Online TDM Encyclopedia
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      The newly revised Online TDM Encyclopedia is now the most comprehensive
      international resource available for innovative management solutions to
      transportation problems. The Encyclopedia provides detailed information on
      dozens of ways to increase transportation system efficiency and equity. It
      contains more than 90 chapters, hundreds of pages of text, and thousands of
      hyperlinks for instant access to resources and references. It is available
      free at the Victoria Transport Policy Institute (VTPI) website:
      http://www.vtpi.org

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      The Online TDM Encyclopedia is designed to help transportation
      professionals throughout the world identify, evaluate, plan and implement
      Transportation Demand Management strategies. It is the only website that
      provides comprehensive information on TDM in an easy-to-use format.
      International experts in a variety of disciplines helped develop the
      Encyclopedia, which is regularly updated and expanded by the Victoria
      Transport Policy Institute. It contains many new and updated sections, with
      more information on specific strategies, evaluation techniques and best
      practices.

      The Encyclopedia rates strategies according to their ability to help
      achieve various objectives (congestion reduction, road safety, consumer
      choice, environmental protection, etc.), their benefits and costs, equity
      impacts, and appropriateness for use in various situations.

      The Encyclopedia also contains information on evaluation methods,
      transportation price elasticities, land use impacts on travel behavior,
      economic impacts, equity analysis, safety impacts, and sustainable
      transportation issues. It is an integrated system that lets you quickly and
      easily find answers to your community's transportation problems.

      New features include:

      * SOLUTIONS TO MAJOR TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS - New chapters identify
      solutions to specific transportation problems, including: traffic
      congestion, pollution emissions, energy consumption, parking problems,
      community livability impacts, equity, traffic safety, and public health.
      Each chapter provides a comprehensive menu of potential options for
      addressing each problem.

      * PARKING MANAGEMENT - New and expanded chapters including "Parking
      Solutions," "Parking Evaluation," "Parking Management," "Parking Pricing"
      and "Bicycle Parking," provide information on a variety of ways to address
      parking problems and use parking resources more efficiently.

      * ACCESSIBILITY - An extensive new chapter titled "Accessibility" describes
      the concept of accessibility and its implications for transportation and
      land use planning.

      * PLANNING AND EVALUATION - Chapters on "TDM Planning and Implementation,"
      "Evaluating TDM," "Comprehensive Transportation Evaluation," "Measuring
      Transportation," "Evaluating Safety Impacts of TDM" and "Evaluating
      Nonmotorized Transportation" provide theoretical and practical information
      for developing and applying TDM programs.

      * TRANSPORTATION COST, BENEFITS AND STATISTICS - Chapters on
      "Transportation Cost and Benefits," "Costs of Driving and Savings From
      Reduced Vehicle Use," and "Transportation Statistics," each with links to
      Internet data sources.

      * NONMOTORIZED TRANSPORTATION - Chapters on "Nonmotorized Transportation
      Planning," "Pedestrian Improvements," "Bicycling Improvements," "Small
      Wheeled Transport" (skates, push scooters, handcarts, etc.), "Walking and
      Cycling Encouragement," "Bicycle Parking," and "Evaluating Nonmotorized
      Transportation."

      * SAFETY, RESILIENCE, SECURITY AND HEALTH IMPACTS OF TDM - New chapters
      examine transportation system safety, resilience, security and health
      impacts, and how demand management strategies can help achieve these goals.

      * INDIVIDUAL ACTIONS - The "Individual Actions for Efficient
      Transportation" chapter describes ways that people can apply transportation
      management solutions in their own lives.

      * PRINTABLE - The Encyclopedia can now be printed directly by your browser.
      Text and images can be copied into word processing files for use in reports
      and analysis.


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      BACKGROUND
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      What is TDM?
      Transportation Demand Management (TDM) is a general term for strategies
      that increase transportation system efficiency. It is a new way to view
      transportation problems that greatly expands the menu of possible
      solutions. TDM can be applied in tandem with, or as an alternative to, more
      conventional responses.

      Why Manage Transportation Demand?
      There are many reasons to manage transportation demand:

      Multiple Benefits
      Transportation Demand Management can provide multiple benefits including
      congestion reduction, road and parking facility cost savings, consumer
      savings, improved transportation choice, road safety, environmental
      quality, community livability, efficient land use, and equity. As a result,
      total benefits are often much greater than other solutions that only
      address one or two problems.

      Cost Effective
      When all benefits and costs are considered, Transportation Demand
      Management is often the most cost effective solution to transportation
      problems. TDM can provide significant savings by reducing and deferring the
      need to increase road and parking capacity, reducing vehicle operating
      costs, and reducing crashes and pollution emissions.

      Flexibility
      TDM provides a flexible response to many types of transportation problems,
      including those that are urgent, temporary, variable or unpredictable. TDM
      programs can often be implemented quickly, and can be tailored to a
      particular situation and user group. Demand management avoids the risk that
      a major capital investment will prove wasteful due to unforeseen changes in
      transportation needs.

      Consumer Benefits
      TDM can provide direct and indirect consumers benefits. Many TDM strategies
      use positive incentives. They improve transportation options and provide
      new financial savings or other benefits to reduce vehicle use. In addition,
      TDM can be a cost effective way to reduce traffic congestion, parking
      problems, crash risk and pollution emissions, all of which benefits consumers.

      Equity
      TDM can help achieve equity objectives. It can result in a fairer
      allocation of resources between different demographic and geographic
      groups. Many strategies directly benefit people who are economically,
      physically or socially disadvantaged by improving transportation options
      available to non-drivers.

      Economic Justifications
      Many Transportation Demand Management strategies reflect Market Principles.
      They correct existing market distortions, which increases economic
      efficiency, equity and consumer benefits. TDM supports economic development
      by increasing productivity and reducing external costs.

      Sustainable Transportation
      Transportation Demand Management can help create more Sustainable
      Transportation. TDM reflects sustainability principles of efficiency and
      integration, and can help achieve sustainability objectives including
      resource conservation, equity, environmental protection, efficient land
      use, and public involvement.

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      ABOUT VTPI
      The Encyclopedia is produced by the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an
      independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative and
      practical tools for solving transportation problems. The VTPI website has
      numerous 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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