Transportation Demand Management (TDM) is a powerful strategy for managing urban transportation needs and controlling pollution. Through TDM research and development, A Better City provides tools and resources to a wide range of stakeholders that encourage alternative transportation options and reduce the mobile sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

Why It’s Important

Transportation demand in Greater Boston will increase in volume and complexity as the city continues to grow. Transportation is currently responsible for close to 30% of Boston’s emissions, primarily from burning fossil fuels in cars, trucks, ships, trains and planes, and more than 90% of the fuel is petroleum-based.

A Better City’s Role

To better manage TDM, A Better City has created a number reports, programs and resources.

Mobile Source Emissions

The Mobile Source Emissions Calculator helps the commercial real estate and business sectors understand how emissions from commuters, business fleets and business travel contribute to a facility’s overall greenhouse gas emissions.  The compendium report describes the calculator, its goals, methodology, benefits and uses. 

Effective Commute

Establishing an Effective Commute Trip Reduction Policy in Massachusetts reviews best practices in Trip Reduction Ordinances in communities throughout U.S. This data can help to strengthen the Massachusetts DEP Rideshare Regulation and Boston’s Transportation Access Agreement Plans. 

MBTA Corporate Pass

The Opportunities to Expand the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Corporate Pass Program aims to increase by 10% the number of small and medium-sized businesses participating in the MBTA Corporate Pass Program.

Ride Sharing Technologies

Dynamic Ridesharing Technologies explores ways to better serve the transportation needs of seniors and people with disabilities by utilizing new ridesharing technologies in paratransit services, particularly the MBTA’s The RIDE.

Unified Transportation Payment Media

Unified Transportation Payment Media: Options for Massachusetts outlines possibilities for a unified payment system for transit services in the Commonwealth, enabling users to pay for transportation with their mobile phone or contactless credit/debit card.