Development of a Countywide TDM Plan
FY 2007 Budget Consideration Item
February 27, 2006
you know, TDM is a group of strategies, services, and
programs aimed at managing the demand on the transportation
system by reducing vehicle miles of travel and the reliance
on the single-occupant vehicle (SOV), thereby increasing
the efficiency of the transportation system and improving
mobility. TDM incorporates both the provision and support
of mobility options to driving alone (such as bus service,
car-pools, van pools, commuter rail, shuttle service,
other public transit service, high occupancy vehicle
(HOV) lanes, and non-motorized modes such as walking
or biking) as well as the strategies, technologies,
and services which encourage the use of alternatives
to driving alone or which modify travel behavior.
A little over a year ago, I asked the Board to request
staff to form a working group to examine how to better
incorporate Transportation Demand Management (TDM) as
an integral part of the land use and development process
in Fairfax County and to report back with their findings
and recommendations. On February 16, 2006, FCDOT staff
transmitted a summary report on the working group's
recommendations to all Board members for review and
comment. The report includes a list of 9 recommendations
(attached) to be considered as next steps in the development
of a Countywide TDM Program. The total annual cost requirement
to implement these recommendations and to expand the
use of TDM within the County is estimated at $608,233.
This includes $100,000 for development of marketing
materials, the addition of 3 full-time merit positions
within FCDOT at an estimated cost of $258,233, and $250,000
for the hiring of contract marketing and outreach personnel.
This amount was not identified in time to be requested
as part of FCDOT's FY 2007 budget request and therefore
is not part of the County Executive's proposed budget
plan released earlier today.
I would ask that the Board in conjunction with its review
of the FY 2007 Budget consider expanding the resources
dedicated to Transportation Demand Management Countywide
in the annual amount of $608,233. Further, I would ask
the Board to direct staff to initiate those items on
the attached list of recommendations that can be undertaken
within existing resources in advance of approval of
the FY 2007 Budget.
Recommendations for Development and Implementation
Countywide TDM Program
Review in detail the potential of implementing Transportation
Management Districts (TMDs) in highly congested and
rapidly developing areas of the County and explore the
possibility of requiring both by-right developments
and those requiring rezoning or special exception approval
in designated TMDs to provide specific plans for on-site
TDM programs. Prepare associated Comprehensive Plan,
Zoning Ordinance, and Public Facilities Manual amendments
Examine the potential of requiring developers who wish
to build office, residential, and mixed use developments
to provide specific, on-site TDM programs with provisions
for program resources, performance guarantees, sanctions,
and corrective measures to assure program goals are
achieved and integration with other sites and any active
area Transportation Management Agency (TMA). The possibility
of requiring approved TDM programs to remain in force
in perpetuity should also be considered. Develop suggested
proffer language for various components of TDM programs
that can be tailored to individual circumstances.
Amend the Comprehensive Plan to provide an expanded
definition and narrative description of a Countywide
TDM program in the Transportation Policy Plan.
Explore and, as appropriate, implement alternative parking
standards and parking incentives to support the reduction
of vehicle trips, including the potential for differing
parking space requirements for sites within and outside
TMDs and Transit Station Areas (TSAs).
Review the potential of requiring developers who wish
to build on sites in and/or adjacent to transit facilities
(rail stations, park-and-ride lots, etc.) to provide
access to the station from both within and throughout
the site, for both motorized and non-motorized traffic.
Examine the possibility of linking to a greater degree
the achievement of TDM program goals, such as vehicle
trip reductions, to the authorization to proceed with
future planned development phases.
Expand outreach and marketing activities to businesses
and residential developments, homeowners associations,
and apartment complexes to assist in the development
and implementation of TDM programs for their employees
Incorporate specific TDM outreach activities and marketing
focused on special populations (e.g., senior citizens,
disabled, and non-English speaking citizens).
Continue to encourage, enhance, and expand mobility
options and support services such as non-motorized modes
(e.g., walking and biking), bus service, car-pools,
van-pools, commuter rail, shuttle service, other public
transit service, and high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes.