Travel Demand Management
What is Travel Demand Management?
TDM and our Communities
Surveys and Findings
Travel and Commute Choices
Communities we are Working With
Links and Information
Travel demand management is about providing travelers, regardless whether they drive alone, with travel choices, such as work location, route, time of travel and mode.(FHWA, 2006)
The original concepts of travel demand management (TDM) took root in the 1970s and 1980s from legitimate desires to provide alternatives to single occupancy commuter travel to save energy, improve air quality, and reduce peak period congestion. Today, managing travel demand has broadened to encompass the desire to optimize transportation system performance for commute and non-commute trips and for recurring as well as non-recurring events.
Growth in population, number of vehicles and travelers, freight, and development has affected travel demand and reshaped travel patterns. Managing travel demand now occurs at shopping malls, tourist sites, employment areas, and special events such as the Olympics. The need to manage demand can occur in the middle of the day, evenings, or on weekends. Demand-oriented approaches are needed to address the transportation issues created by growth and the variability in demand for use of the systems.(FHWA,2008)
Providing access to alternative modes of transportation and encouraging their use has many benefits in health and community vitality, including:
What is carpooling?
A carpool is a group of two or more people who commute to work or other destinations together in a private vehicle. Carpool members work out their own agreements on who drives and how often, schedules, and payments for gas and maintenance.
If you are interested in carpooling, check first around your neighborhood and your worksite. You may find someone who works and lives close by and works similar hours as you. If you can't find anyone this way, you can create your own profile at eRideShare.com and find carpool matches in central Louisiana area.
What is vanpooling?
A vanpool is a prearranged group of 5 to 15 people who share their commute. The group enjoys a low monthly fare and a comfortable commute in an 8, 12, or 15 passenger van, usually provided by a local transit authority, nonprofit group or employer. Members - usually coworkers or people who work in the same vicinity - volunteer to drive, fuel, clean and schedule maintenance and repair for the van.
What are the benefits of vanpooling?
Commuting in a vanpool reduces wear and tear on your checkbook, nerves and car. Vanpooling offers other benefits, such as more personal or work time, possible subsidy with tax benefits, the potential to bike and vanpool, and preferential parking. Your transit system or employer may offer an emergency ride home program.
What are drivers' responsibilities?
What is schoolpooling?
A SchoolPool is a method of travel similar to the CarPool where parents combine and use a single resource (a car) with other parents to take their children to and from school on a daily basis, thus leaving more time for the parents to enjoy other things and saving money in the process.
What are the benefits of schoolpooling?
SchoolPool is a safe, convenient way to get your kids to school while saving time and money on gas, encouraging healthier, active lifestyles, and reducing congestion. By reducing the number of trips you take, you also help the environment by decreasing air emissions, including greenhouse gases.
Share emergency contact information of all parties before starting the SchoolPool.
Determine who is going to drive and on which days. Put the schedule in writing and provide a copy to all the parents in your SchoolPool.
If the responsibility of driving is not going to be shared, determine how costs will be shared and agree on pre-paid payment dates.
Develop a procedure if you are going to be late or if your child(ren) will not be attending school on a particular day.
RAPC works with Atrans (Alexandria-Pineville Transit) to identify needs and develop opportunities that maximize the value of of the regional transportation system.
What are the benefits of traveling by bus?
It makes our environment greener.
It reduces traffic congestion by getting people out of cars.
Bicycle and Pedestrian
Bicycle and pedestrian modes of travel are recognized nation-wide as cost-efficient Bike Commuter ways to address mobility and air quality concerns while improving physical health and quality of life. The passage of the 1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act prompted NCTCOG to include non-motorized transportation network improvements in regional planning efforts.
Work From Home
Working from home or a satellite location, often called teleworking or telecommuting, is growing as employees and employers recognize its benefits. Teleworking helps save space on our roads by reducing commute trips. Teleworking can also increase employee performance and job satisfaction, and expand a company's opportunities for recruiting and retaining employees.
Flexible Working Time
Flex schedules let your work fit your lifestyle for more efficient commuting. Some flex schedules allow a compressed work week - for example, four 10-hour days per week rather than five eight-hour days. Others allow employees to come and go from work on a custom schedule, for example, to accommodate a child's daycare schedule or a carpool or vanpool schedule.
What are the benefits of flexible working time?
Traveling by Bus
Bicycle and Pedestrian
Work From Home
Flexible Working Time
Located in Pineville, Louisiana, Pinecrest Supports and Services Center is the one of the three supports and services centers in Louisiana providing residential services along with an array of community-based supports for citizens with developmental disabilities.
With over 1,300 employees, Pinecrest is one of the largest employers in central Louisiana. If you ever visited Pinecrest Center, you would notice that they have a big and pretty campus with multiple buildings and playgrounds, nice landscaping, well-planned street networks and ample parking spaces. A small number of administrative staff works from 8 to 5 everyday. Most of the medical employees are accustomed to three work shifts a day, which has alleviated traffic stress during rush hours.
Making a left turn at the intersection of Pinecrest Dr. and Military Hwy during peak hours is dangerous. Safety improvement is needed at this intersection.
Traffic congestion on Pinecrest Dr. during peak hours heavily backs up the commuters. An alternative exit from the campus would greatly enhance peak hour mobility.
It is dangerous for bicyclists and pedestrians traveling along Pinecrest Dr. A side walk/ bike lane would be necessary to encourage commuter to switch to alternate transportation modes.
The studies found out that the Pinecrest employees are overall satisfied with their routine of traveling from home to work. There are 20% of the commuters show interests in alternative transportation information. 30% of the commuters would switch to alternative transportation modes if certain facilities or financial aids were offered.
The main goal of the TDM program is to improve mobility and safety by promoting alternative transportation options. RAPC has been working with Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Alexandria-Pineville Transit Authority and the City of Pineville to accomplish this goal. A complete presentation of the TDM studies can be found in the following section.
Challenges appear at shift changes and lunch breaks. There are two entrances on Pinecrest campus, but only one of them is in appropriate roadway condition to carry daily traffic. This main entrance goes through Pinecrest Dr., which intercepts with Military Hwy and Monroe Hwy. A traffic count study conducted by RAPC shows the peak hours on Pinecrest Dr. throughout a typical work day.
Accessibility: The ability of an individual to access facilities, such as employment, shops, schools, hospitals, transport etc.
Bus priority lanes: A lane reserved by a marking or sign installed at the start of the lane and at each point at which the lane resumes after an intersection for the use of buses and cycles, mopeds and motorcycles (unless either or all of the last three modes are specifically excluded by the sign).
Expressways: Expressways are generally high-speed (80-100km/hr) national routes with four lanes and well-spaced at-grade intersections.
HCV: Heavy commercial vehicle.
HOT: High occupancy toll (lanes).
HOV: High occupant vehicles.
Kiss and Ride: Facility to enable a private motor vehicle driver to drop off a passenger(s) to take public transport to destination. Usually bus or rail based.
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