Montgomery County’s Commuter Services (CSS) now allows employers to submit Traffic Mitigation Plans (TMPs) and Annual Reports online. These plans and reports are required by County law for employers with 25 or more employees located within a Transportation Management District (TMD). TMDs were created to address traffic congestion issues in the County’s most urbanized centers, and include Silver Spring, Friendship Heights, Bethesda and North Bethesda. The online reporting system will eventually replace the need to submit paper plans and reports as the County continues implementing more environmentally sustainable practices.
TMPs help reduce rush hour traffic congestion by requiring employers to assist employees in finding ways to commute to work other than driving alone. These alternatives include all forms of transit, car/van pooling, biking, walking and
teleworking. CSS has developed a TMP template to assist employers in developing a customized plan. Employers are encouraged to go beyond the minimum requirements to offer significant incentives to using alternative transportation. CSS staff is available to work one-on-one to help employers prepare their plans.
The new online TMP system is expected to:
• Allow employers to submit plans and reports in a matter of minutes.
• Make processing and review of plans and reports more efficient.
• Reduce the amount of paper handled and stored.
• Improve staff ability to evaluate the effectiveness of transportation demand management measures.
• Provide better tools to assess the progress at individual employment sites.
The CSS website has been updated to include a description of the new program, as well as the link to the online forms. Outreach to businesses about the new capabilities has included e-mail, telephone calls, mailings, meetings and a brochure.
The Advisory Committee for each TMD reviews the plans and reports and makes recommendations to the County’s Department of Transportation. Unique features of the online system include a “Save Draft” feature that allows employers to save their work and return later to finish it if they get interrupted. Employers receive a confirmation e-mail from the Department of Transportation when their plan or annual report has been submitted and another upon approval.
For more information go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/commute, call Commuter Services at (240) 773-2989 or email mcdot.CommuterServices@montgomerycountymd.gov.
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