Transportation Demand Management
Transportation Demand Management (TDM) promotes transportation choices such as carpooling, vanpooling, transit, walking, biking, teleworking and flexible work hours. It emphasizes the movement of people and goods, rather than vehicles, by providing convenient transportation options to driving alone.
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 infrastructure 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.
Starting in late 2014, the city is updating its multiple TDM plans into a single overarching 2015-2023 Bellevue TDM Plan. Prior plans to be incorporated are the 2008 Commute Trip Reduction and Connect Downtown plans, as well as a 2010 draft Citywide TDM Plan. The new plan is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2015.
The planning process includes a review of existing plans, formation of goals and targets, and assessment and selection of potential strategies for meeting them. Also, a financial element will identify anticipated funding sources, likely to include state and federal grants.
The plan will address ways to keep people moving and help them find alternate modes to driving alone during several major construction activities anticipated over the next eight years. These include East Link light rail; South Bellevue Park-and-Ride closure during expansion; and the start of express tolling on I-405 in Bellevue.
Following a public review period in August 2015, a final draft version of this plan is now available.
The city has recently completed its first ever 2014 Transportation Demand Management Progress Report summarizing TDM programs, activities and results. Moving forward, the report is anticipated to be updated annually or biennially.