Tuesday October 11, 2016 at 8:00 AM EDT
Wednesday October 12, 2016 at 4:00 PM EDT

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Dorothy Fennell 
Association for Commuter Transportation 

Transportation and mobility is constantly evolving and innovating to address the challenges facing commuters in their journeys to work! To keep up with these changes, TDM programs and professionals most continue to adapt and plan for the future.   We need to think about how we design our infrastructure to support multi-modal transportation networks.  We need to support the development and deployment of innovative technologies and tools.  We need to create new partnerships and strengthen existing relationships to advance change.

Join us this fall as ACT host its Inaugural TDM Forum in Boston, Massachusetts

Why Attend

ACT’s TDM Forum will offer two days of concurrent sessions focusing on:

  • Exemplary employer programs from companies that get it
  • Developing TMAs for tommorows commuters
  • Innovation and TDM
  • Taking best practices from International TDM programs
  • Launching ACT's 25x20 Commuter Benefits Ordinance Campaign
  • Utilizing effective land-use planning to support TDM
  • University showcase
  • Women in TDM

TDM Forum Program

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
8:00am – 9:00am: Breakfast and Networking

9:00am – 10:15am: Opening Session and Welcome Address

Welcome Remarks:
Rob Henry, GVF, ACT President 
David Straus, ACT Executive Director

Keynote Address: Congressman Michael Capuano (D), 7th District, MA 

 CongressmanMichael Capuano is serving his ninth term as a Representative in Congress for Massachusetts' Seventh District, which includes Chelsea, Everett, Randolph, Somerville, half of Cambridge and Milton and approximately 75% of Boston. He is the senior Massachusetts member on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Financial Services Committee.


10:30am – 11:45am: Concurrent Sessions

Session A: Employers are coming! Employers are coming! (Or are they?) – A conversation on building value of TDM
Many of the TDM products and services depend on involving employers.  Employers serve as a channel to influencing travel behavior of commuters via workplace policies such as flextime and parking.  They can affect employees’ mode choice via the use of financial incentives.  Employers are frequently members of TMAs.  They also are the foundation of Best Workplaces for Commuters and a growing market segment within ACT.  So why is it so difficult to attract meaningful employer support and participation?  This interactive session will seek to engage the audience in discussion of their successes and learning experiences in working with employers to identify tried and true practices for effectively engaging employers.  We will use an audience response system to ask knowledge check questions before starting a discussion topic to uncover what attendees already know or believe.  

Phil Winters, CUTR at University of South Florida 

Session B: Launching ACT's ‘25 by 20’ Commuter Benefit Ordinance Campaign
The transportation fringe benefit, more commonly known as the transit benefit, is one of TDM's strongest tools to promote the use of transportation options from public transit to vanpooling. Recently, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC have worked with transit advocates and employers to enact transit benefit ordinances that require the transit benefit to be offered. Recognizing the value of the commuter benefit and following the lead of these three cities, ACT is launching a national campaign to champion & support the adoption of commuter benefit ordinances across the country. This session will provide information to attendees about the campaign and how they can help advance adoption of a commuter benefit ordinance at home.  

David Judd, Edenred
Jason Pavluchuk, ACT 

12:00pm – 1:15pm: TDM Excellence Awards Luncheon

1:30pm – 2:45pm: Concurrent Sessions

Session A: Developer/Building Based TDM
This session will present current research on the range of TDM regulations that have been enacted in communities around the country in an effort to identify commonalities and the most effective requirements.  The session will then present a new toolkit developed by MassDOT to assist developers with their implementation and compliance with state/local TDM requirements. 

Federico Tallis, Wells & Associates
Ulla Hester, UrbanTrans
Andrea Leary, Northeast Transportation Planning & Management (moderator) 

Session B: Creating Partnerships with Universities to Support TDM Efforts

Gary Cremeens, Cornell University
Brian Shaw, Stanford University 
Phil Winters, CUTR/University of South Florida 
Ben Hammer, Harvard University (moderator) 

3:00pm – 4:15pm: Concurrent Sessions

Session A: Innovation in TDM
We are currently in a golden age of transportation innovation.  Every month new mobile apps, pop-up transportation services, and technologies are being brought to the public with the goal of changing how individuals travel and commute.  In many cases, TDM is a central theme of these innovations as organizations look to create efficiencies within our transportation system and improve the customer experience of existing systems, and collect data to better measure performance of programs.    This session will feature panelists who are helping lead the way and will discuss what is coming up down the road. 

David Block-Schachter, MBTA 
Rick Steele, NuRide 
Ryan Croft, TransitScreen 
Justin Holmes, Zipcar  

Session B: Employers Leading the Way
In the war for talent, commuter perks are employers' secret weapon to attract top candidates and foster a thriving, productive culture. New approaches and transportation options are making these programs easier for companies to implement and scale. In this panel, thought leaders from across the U.S. will share their success strategies for building workplaces of the future. 

Bridger McGaw, athenahealth
Lucy Tice, Google 
Christi Turner, Red Hat 
Luanna Huber, The Walt Disney Company (Moderator) 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

8:00am – 9:00am: Breakfast and Networking

 9:00am – 10:15am: Opening Session and Keynote

Keynote Address: Ken Kimmell, President, Union of Concerned Scientists

Ken Kimmell is president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a leading science-based nonprofit that combines the knowledge and influence of the scientific community with the passion of concerned citizens to build a healthy planet and a safer world. Mr. Kimmell has more than 30 years of experience in government, environmental policy, and advocacy. He is a national advocate for clean energy and transportation policies and a driving force behind UCS's "Power Ahead" campaign to build a larg
e and diverse group of clean energy leadership states.  Mr. Kimmell will discuss UCS's work on addressing mobile source emissions in the United States through fuel standards and the impact of autonomous vehicles and present a current state of the climate, outcomes from the Paris Agreement and where we need to get to.


10:30am – 11:45am: Concurrent Sessions

Session A: Raising the Profile of TDM in Transportation Plans
While some communities across the country have embraced the use of TDM strategies to address growing impacts of congestion and air quality, this is most often not the case.  This session will shine a light on several progressive planning efforts that have looked to incorporate a wide range of forward thinking TDM strategies including parking policies, TDM funding, and shared-use mobility services, and share how the case was made for their inclusion and high prioritization.

Jason Schrieber, Nelson/Nygaard
Shana Johnson, Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning

Session B: Women in TDM
Reach for opportunities and sit at the table or stand by that has come from Sheryl Sandberg's phrase: have a seat at the table! With diverse TDM backgrounds and leadership experiences, this TED talk-like session will leave attendees feeling inspired about the growth in TDM leadership, while identifying challenges overcome. Panelists will discuss strategic approaches to overcome challenges and innovative ways they have helped their organizations succeed in TDM.  

Wendy Duren, Arlington Transportation Partners
Luanna Huber, The Walt Disney Company
Connie McGee, Enterprise Rideshare
Maureen Farrell, GVF (Moderator) 

12:00pm – 1:15pm: 40 Under 40 Awards Luncheon

1:30pm – 2:45pm: Concurrent Sessions

Session A: Utilizing Social Media to Advance TDM
When used effectively, social media can deliver a high return on investment for informing commuters, your members, and employees about their options and their benefits.  In this session you will hear from experienced social media users who have demonstrated positive impacts from their social media campaigns, grew participation in programs, and achieved significant exposure about their programs. 

Maggie Awad, Arlington Transportation Partners
Jon Terbush, Zagster 
Joanna Rustin, WeDriveU 

Session B: TMAs of Tommorow
Recent advancements in innovative transportation services, free and open mobile gamification programs, and an increasing abundance of commuter information at an individual’s fingertips is forcing TMAs and TMOs to rethink their business models and programming.  This session will feature panelists that are thinking about what a TMA might look like 5 or 10 years from now and lead into a conversation with attendees about the challenges they are facing, how they are beginning to implement changes to their organizations, and how best TMAs can work together to stay relevant and grow. 

Allison Simmons, Ease Consulting
Bill Baltutis , TMA of Lake Cook 
Dan Callas, TransOptions
Erika Kampe, Steer Davies Gleave
John Ciaffone, TransOptions (Moderator) 

3:00 - 5:00pm: Optional Meetings

ACT PALs Mentoring Program Kick-Off

ACT Patriot Chapter Meeting