Transportation Demand Management promotes carpooling, vanpooling, transit, walking, biking, teleworking and flexible work hours. TDM activities focus on employers, employees, property managers, residents and visitors. The benefits to the community include maximizing the efficiency of existing transportation system and limiting the impacts of traffic on Bellevue neighborhoods. Reducing trips also reduces air and water pollution. The city maintains a website, ChooseYourWayBellevue.org, with information about transportation options and services to support employers, employees, residents and students.
The TDM plan, which covers the 2015-2023 period, offers alternatives to driving alone. It helps people get around Bellevue more efficiently as the city grows and the transportation system evolves. Important transportation system changes during this timeframe include construction of the East Link light rail line, development of the Eastrail transportation corridor and the extension of I-405 express toll lanes from Bellevue to Renton.
To develop the TDM plan, city staff reviewed existing plans, formed goals and targets, and assessed potential strategies to meet them. An implementation framework identifies partnerships and potential funding sources, including state and federal grants. The planning process draws on a substantial body of available data, results of statistically valid surveys and a non-scientific, online community input survey.
The city's 2022 Transportation Demand Management Progress Report summarizes TDM programs, activities and results. The report is updated about every two years.