SHIFT: Transportation Demand Management (TDM)


January 2018: an updated TDM Technical Justification document has been added to the Material Resources page.

May 2017: a Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating a TDM Plan document has been added to the Material Resources page.

web-based tool, is available to implement the TDM Program. Direct any questions or errors for the tool to


American Planning Association, California Chapter Northern, Best Practices, Award of Excellence
The American Planning Association, California Chapter Northern selected the Transportation Sustainability Program as the recipient for an Award of Excellence in the category of Best Practices.  This award is for a specific planning tool, practice, program, project, or process. This category emphasizes results and demonstrates how innovative and state-of-the-art planning methods and practices help to create communities of lasting value.

Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT), TDM Excellence Award for Large Government
The Association for Commuter Transportation selected the City of San Francisco as the recipient of ACT’s 2017 Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Excellence Award for Large Government. ACT’s TDM Excellence Award honors outstanding performance and leadership in TDM by organizations. Award categories represent a range of sectors, including employers, higher education, transit agencies, and large/small cities/regions. The TDM Excellence Awards shine a spotlight on the most exceptional examples of TDM leadership and implementation in the United States and recognizes the commitment of the organization to use TDM as an important strategy to improve the lives of commuters, enhance the livability of communities, and strengthen the economic growth of businesses. The City of San Francisco’s passage of a TDM ordinance and the previous passage of the transit benefit ordinance are just two of the many reasons the Executive Committee made this selection.

Market Street ActivityShift


The Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Program’s primary purpose is to reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) generated by new development projects. The Program is designed to work with developers to provide more on-site amenities that will encourage smarter travel options so people can get around more easily without a car. These choices are better for the environment, help reduce the amount of congestion that new projects contribute to, help to reduce risks to pedestrians and cyclists, and improve the overall efficiency of our transportation network.

The intent is to “shift” more typical car dependent travel practices by providing a series of development-focused TDM measures, such as:

  • Fewer parking spaces relative to surrounding neighborhoods
  • More bicycle parking and amenities
  • Subsidized transit passes
  • Delivery services facilities

The TDM Program applies to nearly all types of new development and changes of use. The end result: more sustainable transportation options for a building's tenants, employees, residents, and visitors, which benefits not only the local neighborhood, but the City as a whole.

For more details, see the TDM Program Standards and its Appendix A: TDM Measures.

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