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"The only transportation demand management (TDM) program for public school faculty and staff in the U.S. has been created in Arlington County, Virginia," reports Paul Goddin.
The 'ATP Schools' program is administered by Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP and funded by a grant from Virginia’s Department of Rail and Public Transportation. The program's goal is to reduce the drive-alone rate of Arlington Public Schools (APS) employees, which represents one of the largest employment bases in Arlington County.
Goddin notes that schools have traditionally targeted students for reductions in commute trips. APS employees, like those in many school districts around the country, have a drive-alone rate—88 percent compared to an overall county rate of 53 percent.
Goddin goes on to describe how the transportation demand management program for the school district's employees could mitigate the challenge of overcrowding currently facing the district, in addition to its benefits to the county as a whole.