The city is working on an update to the Transportation Demand Management Plan and has an online survey open now for people who live, work and play in Bellevue. The goal of the survey is to learn how the city can improve the viability and ease of using modes other than driving alone, such as making it easier to use transit, helping people find carpool/vanpool partners and identifying walking and bicycling routes. The results will help inform an update of the TDM plan for 2024-33.The survey takes five to 10 minutes to fill out, and survey takers will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for one of six $50 gift certificates for family-friendly Paddy Coyne’s Irish Pub in Bellevue, contributed by the restaurant and the city.
Transportation Demand Management promotes carpooling, vanpooling, transit, walking, biking, teleworking and flexible work hours. TDM activities focus on employers, employees, property managers, residents and visitors. The benefits to the community include maximizing the efficiency of existing transportation system and limiting the impacts of traffic on Bellevue neighborhoods. Reducing trips also reduces air and water pollution. The city maintains a website, ChooseYourWayBellevue.org, with information about transportation options and services to support employers, employees, residents and students.
The TDM plan, which covers the 2015-2023 period, offers alternatives to driving alone. It helps people get around Bellevue more efficiently as the city grows and the transportation system evolves. Important transportation system changes during this timeframe include construction of the East Link light rail line, development of the Eastrail transportation corridor and the extension of I-405 express toll lanes from Bellevue to Renton.
To develop the TDM plan, city staff reviewed existing plans, formed goals and targets, and assessed potential strategies to meet them. An implementation framework identifies partnerships and potential funding sources, including state and federal grants. The planning process draws on a substantial body of available data, results of statistically valid surveys and a non-scientific, online community input survey
The city's 2022 Transportation Demand Management Progress Report summarizes TDM programs, activities and results. The report is updated about every two years.