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Presented by: Jeffrey Brooks, MCIP, RPP, Ramesh Jagannathan, P.Eng, PTOE, Colleen Goodchild, MCIP, RPP

Presented by: Jeffrey Brooks, MCIP, RPP, Ramesh Jagannathan, P.Eng, PTOE, Colleen Goodchild, MCIP, RPP
Presented at: Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers, Toronto, May 2007

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    Providing Transportation Choices: The Region of Durham Experience Providing Transportation Choices: The Region of Durham Experience Presentation Transcript

    • Providing Transportation Choices The Durham Experience May 7, 2007
    • Outline
      • Challenges and Actions to Date
      • Need for Transportation Demand Management
      • Setting the Stage
      • Developing a Strategy
      • Leading by Example
      • Lessons Learned
    • Challenges
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    • Challenges
      • Rapid Growth
      • Population + Jobs = Traffic
      • Person trips will likely double as we approach 2031
    • Congestion in Durham Durham roads will be congested
    • Recent Trends
      • Vehicle occupancy is declining
      • Transit ridership as a % of total trips is declining
      • Peak period traffic is getting longer
    • Regional Actions (Supply Side)
      • Road Expansion
      • Transit Expansion
      • Transit Programs (GO Bus, U-Pass)
      • Planning Policies
      • Provincial Lobbying (407/Interchanges/GO Rail)
    • Need for TDM
      • Strategies to optimize
      • our transportation system and resources
      • 15% reduction in single occupant travel
      • Equivalent to 60,000 trips during peak period
      DEMAND
      • Adding infrastructure alone is:
      • Expensive
      • Not sustainable
      • Not adequate
      SUPPLY
    • What is TDM?
      • Core Measures
      • transit
      • carpool
      • vanpool
      • cycling and walking
      • alternative hours / compressed work week
      • tele-working
      • Supporting Measures
      • parking management
      • incentives
      • marketing and promotion
      • emergency ride home
      • on-site amenities and TDM-friendly design
    • Setting the Stage
    • Setting the Stage
      • Principles established in the Region’s CSP,OP, and TMP
      • Commitment to the development of a GTA wide strategy
      • GTA framework is in place – now is the opportunity for Durham
    • Developing a Program
    • Developing a Commuter Options Program
      • Engaging employers
      • Assessing potential measures
      • Examining delivery models
      • Identifying potential partners and resource requirements
      • Developing an Action Plan
      • Service and Program Delivery
    • Leading by Example
    • Work Trip Reduction
      • New Regional HQ – 1,200 employees
      • Formed Committee to address transportation needs
        • Enhance access to Regional HQ
        • Reduce parking requirements
        • Improve employee productivity
        • Reduce employee stress levels
        • Promote active and healthier lifestyles
        • Enhance the image of the Regional Corporation as an environmental leader
    • Our Process Conduct Survey Survey Analysis – All Respondents Survey Analysis – Drive Alone Confirm the Program Vision and Objectives Identify Priority Measures Cost Estimates Develop WTR Program Report to Sr. Mgmt/Council Implementation, Outreach, Communication & Education Decision to carry forward Survey Phase Analysis Program Development Approvals Implementation
    • Survey Results
      • Almost 50% of employees travel between 5 and 20 km to work
      • The most predominant mode of travel to Regional HQ is driving alone in an automobile (87%), followed by carpooling (6%) and Kiss and Ride (2%)
      • 40% of respondents replied that they had the personal flexibility (i.e. homefront) to vary their arrival and departure times
      • Employees would consider other modes given the right circumstances and support
    • Work Trip Reduction Program
      • Outreach – Education, Awareness, Promotion
      • New Services and Service Revisions
      • New Facilities
      • Policies and Procedures
      Carpooling Alternative Work Arrangements Walking & Cycling Transit
    • Lessons Learned
    • Lessons
      • Know your level of support – “buy in”
      • Lead by example
      • Not one size fits all – be creative
      • Engaging employers takes time – be proactive!
      • Difficult to gauge results
    •