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Austin’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Program received the 2020 Air Central Texas Outstanding Organization Award at the Air Central Texas annual awards ceremony for its commitment to decreasing the drive alone rate within Austin to reduce the impact of transportation emissions on regional air quality.
In 2020, the TDM program expanded Smart Trips Austin, a public-facing initiative, to serve all Austinites by providing transportation information and personalized support in planning sustainable trips. Additionally, the TDM program launched a new resources website, GetThereATX.com. The site provides residents, employers, schools, and visitors with information about sustainable modes of transportation throughout Austin.
For its own staff, the TDM program promotes the initiative Commute Connections to minimize traffic congestion and improve air quality by increasing awareness about sustainable transportation options. The program also piloted the deployment of an electric bicycle (e-bike) fleet that allows employees to bike for mid-day trips instead of driving. The e-bikes have averaged 100 miles per month since the launch, and the pilot program inspired other Austin city departments to create their own e-bike fleet for employees.
“It’s an honor for the TDM program to be recognized, and I couldn’t be prouder of our team for their outstanding work,” said Acting Transportation Demand Management Manager Cari Buetow. “We know that sustainability is a key feature in the future of Austin transportation, and we are passionate about helping residents and visitors find transportation solutions to get around town.”