Traffic Congestion, Demand Management and Parking

Bikes and bus on roadway together

Cambridge is a compact city, which makes it possible to get around without a car. While we understand that some people have to drive, we hope that most people will choose to walk, bike, or take transit.

Our demand management policies are designed to make it easy and affordable to choose these sustainable transportation modes.

Why Manage Demand?

There is a limited amount of parking and street space in the city. After years of widening roads and building parking to meet peak demand, communities across the country have seen the detrimental effect that this kind of planning has on a community’s street life and economic vitality.

In order to get the most out of our existing transportation system, the city uses Transportation Demand Management (TDM) strategies to change travel behavior.

TDM Strategies Include:

  • Transit subsidy
  • Free shuttle bus
  • Bus shelter
  • Market-rate parking fee charged directly to employees or patrons
  • Daily parking charge available for occasional drivers instead of monthly parking pass
  • Bicycle parking above minimum zoning requirement
  • Shower/locker
  • Financial incentive for walking or biking
  • Emergency ride home
  • Car/vanpool matching
  • Priority/discounted HOV parking
  • Transportation information
  • Hiring of Cambridge residents
  • On-site TDM coordinator
  • TMA membership

More about the city’s TDM Programs


For more information

Contact Stephanie Groll at 617/349-4673,