Nashville TDM Charrette
Addressing this region's mobility challenges
The Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) in collaboration with its non-profit Center for TDM, held a half-day charrette in conjunction with the annual Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Forum in Nashville, Tennessee in November 2018. The charrette brought together representatives from public and private organizations from across the Nashville region and TDM professionals from across the country to identify TDM solutions to address Nashville’s regional transportation challenges,, which had gained national exposure after the defeat of the local transportation referendum that would have provided over $5 billion in new funding for a new light rail system, public transit improvements, and other transportation enhancements.
During the Charrette, professionals broke into different discussion groups focused on potential TDM solutions for Nashville. Both Rob Henry, GVF’s Executive Director, and Maureen Farrell, GVF's Deputy Executive Director, facilitated two of these round table discussions (pictured above). Concluding the Charrette, ACT compiled these findings and produced a report for Nashville, "Addressing the Region's Mobility Challenges", which can be found below. GVF's Executive Director and 2018 ACT Board President, Rob, was part of the strategic committee reviewing the document and TDM recommendations. Rob is also on the Board of Directors for the Center for TDM, which helped to organize the Charrette.
A Better Way
Spotlight on Transportation
"So what’s working so well just outside Philadelphia? To hear it from members of the 27-year-old GVF, their success is driven by constant community engagement, talented staff, diverse leadership, and high-quality programs that continue to prove of value to members and beyond as transportation options evolve.
In the 1980s, as the Greater Valley Forge area was growing, congestion was becoming a common concern, and increasingly large employers were hearing complaints from their employees about construction projects, traffic, and a lack of communication about when projects would be completed. To answer the needs to have an organization that could advocate for regional funding, help advance transportation infrastructure projects, while effectively managing and leveraging private sector relationships, the TMA was formed in 1990."
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Best Practices for Southeast
Pennsylvania's US 422 Corridor
Three decades of efforts to address traffic congestion in the US 422 Corridor of Southeast Pennsylvania have been met with limited success. Three broad types of responses have been used: 1) investments in new highway and public transit capacity; 2) traffic incident management (TIM) and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) measures, including variable message signs, roving tow trucks, and online and smart-phone traffic information systems; and 3) transportation demand management (TDM) strategies. This three-pronged approach has helped keep traffic congestion from becoming worse than it currently is, but congestion remains a problem.
While capacity expansion and TIM/ITS initiatives will continue to be part of the effort to reduce traffic—funding has been identified in the region’s Connections 2040 Plan for Greater Philadelphia to do so—TDM can and should play a large role in the US 422 Corridor.
This policy brief presents short-, medium-, and long-term recommendations that transportation analysts and practitioners with Temple University’s Center for Sustainable Communities, the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association, and CFA Consultants have identified after a detailed study of the Corridor, the 422 Expressway, and planners’ most effective TDM efforts of the past thirty years. Some of the recommendations are straightforward, inexpensive, and simple to implement.