Focus Areas

Congestion & Transportation Demand Management


The Congestion and Transportation Demand Management focus page contains resources about ridesharing, congestion, and transportation demand management. It includes links to publications, legislation and guidance, recent peer events, upcoming calendar events, and related websites.

Resources and Publications

  • FHWA Guidebook for Measuring Multimodal Network Connectivity   NEW!
    Building on the 2016 guidebook, this resource focuses on pedestrian and bicycle network connectivity and provides information on incorporating connectivity measures into state, metropolitan, and local transportation planning processes. Connectivity measures can help transportation practitioners identify high priority network gaps, implement cost-effective solutions that address multiple needs, optimize potential co-benefits, and measure the long-term impacts of strategic pedestrian and bicycle investments on goals such as improving safety, system efficiency, network performance, and access to key destinations. Toward that end, this resource should be used in conjunction with self-evaluation and transition plans to evaluate needs for pedestrians with disabilities.
  • Integrating Shared Mobility into Multimodal Transportation Planning   NEW!
    The paper provides a framework for conceptualizing shared mobility as part of the regional transportation planning process, describes opportunities and challenges associated with shared mobility planning and examples of how metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), local governments, transit agencies, and others are integrating shared mobility into their work.
  • NGA: State Strategies to Reduce Highway and Traffic Fatalities and Injuries   NEW!
    This roadmap highlights existing efforts in the states and serves as a policy development tool for governors and senior leadership who seek to improve coordination and bolster existing efforts across state agencies, including departments of public safety, transportation, public health, and emergency medical and trauma services.

Ridesharing

  • Ridesharing, Technology, and TDM in University Campus Settings: Lessons for State, Regional, and Local Agencies - This report examines how university campus transportation departments are using new technologies and supportive polices to advance ridesharing and transportation demand management (TDM) as alternatives to driving alone to campus. It looks at university campuses as "ridesharing and TDM laboratories" where innovations may be first attempted in a relatively more controlled environment, from which elements could potentially be transferred to broader, more complex metropolitan transportation planning contexts. The report features case studies of successful ridesharing and TDM practices at six U.S. universities which have dramatically lowered drive-alone rates.
  • Moving Together in the 21st Century: How Ridesharing Supports Livable Communities - This report provides an update to current ridesharing options and explores technology and policy developments that make new methods of ridesharing possible. The report also assesses ridesharing as a key contributing factor to supporting livable communities.
  • Ridesharing Options Analysis and Practitioners' Toolkit - This report serves as both an analysis of current trends in ridesharing and a toolkit for public agencies, large and small, to create ridesharing programs tailored to meet the needs of their respective constituencies. Best practices from around the U.S. are illustrated in a series of case studies, and the report also contains a step-by-step "how to" guide for implementation.

Congestion Management

Transportation Demand Management

  • Developing a Regional Approach to Transportation Demand Management and Nonmotorized Transportation: Best Practice Case Studies. - This report highlights four MPOs that are working with their transportation partners to embrace TDM and nonmotorized transportation in an ambitious, conscious, and holistic manner at both regional and local scales.
  • Integrating Demand Management into the Transportation Planning Process:  A Desk Reference - This document has been developed to serve as a desk reference on integrating demand management into the transportation planning process. The desk reference is organized around two fundamental aspects of transportation planning - policy objectives and scope of the planning effort. The report discusses how demand management relates to seven key policy objectives that are often included in transportation plans, such as congestion and air quality. It then discusses how demand management might be integrated into four levels of transportation planning from the state down to the local level. The report also includes information on tools available for evaluating demand management measures and on the known effectiveness of these measures.
  • Incorporating TDM into the Land Development Process - The goal and objectives of this study were based on the premise that transportation demand management is a critical component in conjunction with land use planning, transportation system construction and transportation systems management for the development of a cost-effective and functional intermodal and multimodal transportation system. The report provides information for municipal planners, traffic engineers, land development proposal reviewers and transportation demand management professionals working for commuter assistance programs, transportation management associations and in other capacities. This study was sponsored by the Florida Department of Transportation and funded through the National Center for Transit Research. 
  • Integrating Transportation Demand Management into the Planning and Development Process Commute: A Reference for Cities - Transportation demand management is a key component of the San Diego Association of Governments 2050 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy as a cost effective means for easing traffic congestion and reducing air pollution, while improving the commute for thousands of San Diego region residents.

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