By Carol McCracken (Post # 806)
Early this afternoon the city unveiled a new website intended to assist large employers find ways for their employees to find alternative forms of transportation – other than SOVs – single occupancy vehicles. The website went on-line this morning at 7 am.
Back in 2008, the city began requiring a Transportation Demand Management Plan (“TDM”) be submitted by large employers as part of their site plan – employers with more than 50,000 sq. feet and employers/institutions serving more than one hundred employees or students. Maine Medical Center was Portland’s first large employer to utililze TDM and has received national recognition for it.
At a press conference at the city hall, Steve Hobart and Judy Bauchard, Maine Medical Center, were awarded the first Golden Gas Cap award by Mayor Nick Mavodones. “There was always a small car pool at Maine Medicala Center, but when we built the last parking garage, there was a condition this be done as well,” said Hobart, a senior manager at MMC.
John Peverada, city parking manager said: “May times people find it difficult to park in Portland. This website will help reduce the demand on parking in the city. Cars will always be welcome in Portland. We are just looking for a way for people to alievate congestion in downtown Portland and save money in their transporation costs.”
The money for the webpage was paid for by a $20,000 grant from PACTS.
Employers are invited to please visit www.TDM2go.info to learn more about this program.