Parking in Burlington, VT: A Change for the Better

Transportation

The City of Burlington, in partnership with the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission and the High Meadows Fund, is creating and implementing a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Action Plan among City staff to reduce congestion, encourage healthy choices, reduce harmful vehicle emissions, and reduce downtown parking demand. A secondary goal of this Action Plan is to provide a model for other employers and employees in downtown Burlington interested in reducing their transportation and parking impacts. To fulfill this directive, the City contracted with RSG and the Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association (CATMA) to work with the City and the CCRPC to develop an actionable TDM plan.

TDM refers to a collection of strategies and policies that seek to decrease commuting by Single Occupancy Vehicle (SOV) and increase the value and convenience of using alternative modes of transportation through a set of incentives and disincentives. The needs and preferences of individual communities help tailor the strategies and structure of their TDM program. This Action Plan seeks to recommend a set of TDM strategies that balance incentives and disincentives to influence commuter behavior appropriately while being sensitive to the daily transportation needs of city employees.

As part of this study, the consultant team is analyzing the commuting trends of City of Burlington employees, their use of current TDM programs through CATMA, and gaps and inefficiencies in the existing suite of employee transportation benefits. Through a process of sharing best practices, program evaluation, and stakeholder interviews, this project will create a set of short and long-term TDM packages that will best serve the needs of Burlington’s City employees in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Please check back for more information on the findings.

Below are links to other organizations and resources that offer information on alternate modes of transportation.