Research Project Summary Information
Transportation Demand Management Program for St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center(25731)
C&S Engineers, Inc.
St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center (SJHHC), located in Syracuse, NY, has embraced the concept of Transportation Demand Management (TDM) as a way to shift transportation demand to alternatives from single-occupant vehicles (SOVs). The reduction in SOVs will reduce parking demand on campus while contributing to a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the region.
Although TDM programs have been implemented in major metropolitan areas for 20 or more years, the lack of alternative transportation options and the limited traffic congestion in Upstate New York has limited its implementation there.
Many metropolitan regions also offer TDM services through employer-based programs, as well as through public-private partnerships or sponsorship by public agencies. In the New York metropolitan area, MetroPool delivers transportation demand management solutions with the support of the Connecticut and New York departments of transportation. MetroPool encourages the use of transportation alternatives such as carpooling, vanpooling, riding the bus or train, bicycling, walking, compressed work weeks and telecommuting.
Since TDM is underutilized in Upstate New York, this project is intended to partially fund an employer-based TDM program that will be used as an example to other area employers as to how to develop, implement, and document the benefits of a TDM program.
The goal of the TDM Program for SJHHC is to reduce SOV trips by 15%, which is the equivalent of 325 daily commute trips. If successful, the program will benefit the region by reducing annual vehicle miles travelled (VMT) by SOVs by as much as 1.6 million, reducing congestion and GHG emissions. The reduction in congestion is also expected to contribute to improved safety and provide a more welcoming environment for pedestrians and bicyclists. The program will benefit employees through greater mobility and transportation choices at a reduced cost. Finally, the program will benefit SJHHC by reducing the number of parking spaces needed to accommodate employees. This will allow SJHHC to continue to grow and focus on its non-profit mission of providing quality healthcare to the region.
If successful, SJHHC will continue to implement and expand its TDM program to provide transportation choices for its employees, reduce vehicle miles travelled and associated greenhouse gases, and serve as an example for other Upstate employers regarding the potential success and benefits of TDM programs.
The primary focus of the TDM Program is to encourage alternative modes of transportation (carpools, vanpools, transit, cycling, walking and telecommuting) and in turn reduce the number of single-occupant vehicles. There are many benefits of TDM programs to the communities, individuals and businesses, including:
 Reducing VMT and the associated GHG emissions.
 Minimizing the need for constructing expensive parking facilities
 Improving quality of life among employees and residents of the surrounding neighborhoods.
 Promoting local transportation providers and businesses through incentive programs.
 Promoting local community and economic development.
 Enhanced safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.
C&S Engineers, Inc.
499 Col Eileen Collins Blvd
North Syracuse, NY 13212
Aileen Maguire Meyer
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R&D -Transport & Power Systems