Transportation Demand Management
Transportation Demand Management (TDM) promotes use of transportation choices such as carpooling, vanpooling, transit, walking, biking, teleworking and flexible work hours. Bellevue's various TDM activities focus on employers, employees, property managers, residents and visitors. The benefits to the community include maximizing the efficiency of our existing transportation system (city streets, state highways and transit) and limiting the impacts of traffic on Bellevue neighborhoods. In addition, reducing trips limits pollution to the air and water and supports the city’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2015, the city developed a new TDM plan, covering the period 2015 through 2023. Prior plans that have been superseded by the new plan include the 2008 Commute Trip Reduction and Connect Downtown plans, as well as a 2010 draft Citywide TDM Plan.
The plan addresses ways to help people use alternate modes to driving alone during the eight-year period. Transportation system changes during the period include construction of East Link light rail and closure of the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride for several years for expansion and East Link station construction.
To develop the plan, city staff reviewed existing plans, formed goals and targets, and assessed and selected potential strategies for meeting them. An implementation framework was developed that identifies partnerships and potential funding sources including state and federal grants. The planning process included drawing on a substantial body of available data, results of prior statistically-valid surveys and a non-scientific online community input survey conducted in December 2014. Following review and input by the Transportation Commission, a draft version of the plan was posted for public input in August 2015 and a final plan completed in December 2015.
The city 2014 Transportation Demand Management Progress Report summarizes TDM programs, activities and results. Moving forward, the report will be updated regularly (annually or biennially).