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TDM: The Logistics of Moving People

DC Velocity
September 29, 2014
Written by Rico Fleshman, manager of corporate and strategic relationships at American Public University

Often overlooked or altogether omitted from discussions of transportation logistics is the field of transportation demand management (TDM). Whereas traditional transportation logistics is concerned with the streamlined movement of freight and goods through existing infrastructure, TDM deals with the efficacy in the movement of people and sustainable transportation options, challenging the notions of single-occupant vehicle use.
TDM programs are developed by local public agencies, some with the support of public-private partnerships, and are generally geared towards congestion mitigation and reduction of the corresponding emissions. These programs define and refine strategies to create transportation options such as telecommuting, biking, walking, ridesharing, and using transit and to establish more effective land use policies to lessen the negative impact of population growth on transportation.

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