SHIFT: Transportation Demand Management (TDM)


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

Transportation Demand Management has been approved!

On Tuesday, February 7, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved the ordinance amending the Planning Code to establish a Transportation Demand Management Program. (Board of Supervisors File #160925) This milestone completes the third and final component of the Transportation Sustainability Program, a three-part citywide policy initiative to help transportation keep pace with growth in the City.

Read the press release

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

Market Street ActivityShift


The Transportation Demand Management (TDM) 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 manage congestion, help to reduce risks to pedestrians and cyclists, and improve the overall efficiency of our transportation network.

A series of development-focused TDM measures are intended to "shift" more typical car-dependent travel practices by providing reliable alternatives, such as:

  • Delivery services
  • Bicycle amenities
  • Subsidized transit passes

The TDM Program would apply 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.

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