The Alameda CTC has a long history promoting and providing Transportation Demand Management (TDM) in Alameda County. TDM is a statutorily required component of the Congestion Management Program (Section 65089 (b)(3) of the California Government Code) and has consequently been an important component of the Alameda CTC’s role as the county’s congestion management agency.
Alameda CTC is working to expand its TDM program offerings and package all the services as a comprehensive countywide TDM program. Best practices show that TDM programs are more effective when implemented as a group. Some measures enhance the incentives provided by others, such as pricing parking and simultaneously subsidizing transit. Programs like Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) are explicitly designed to accompany other programs by providing an “insurance” plan against being stranded at work. The more robust the offerings in a TDM program, the more likely an individual is to find an alternative mode and incentive that matches his or her unique travel needs and constraints.
For example, a TDM program that includes subsidized transit passes, vanpools, bicycling incentives, and a guaranteed ride home program, has greater potential to reduce vehicle trips than any one of those measures implemented by itself.
Read the 2013 Transportation Demand Management Strategy, approved by the Alameda CTC in May 2013.