Innovative

Transit Design

An industry leader in transit development, TMD designs creative and successful plans that grow ridership and improve service performance

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Emerging

New Mobility

With technology revolutionizing people’s everyday transportation choices, TMD identifies a range of mobility options to promote and complement transit

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Stakeholder

Engagement

TMD offers creative and customized outreach strategies to help communities build a shared vision and achieve long-term transit success

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Proven

Track Record

For 30 years, TMD has produced measurable results and successful outcomes for transit systems across the country

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Transportation Management & Design, Inc. (TMD) is a comprehensive transit consulting firm providing innovative and achievable solutions to transit agencies since 1988. We help systems optimize resources to operate more efficiently and grow ridership cost-effectively, ensuring ongoing financial sustainability. As an experienced team of former transit management professionals, we understand what it takes to deliver reliable, efficient, and productive transit service to customers on a daily basis. Our practice reflects broad industry expertise in transit system redevelopment; service evaluation, planning and design; operations optimization; financial modeling; facility planning; and GIS mapping and visual communications. We are also one of the few firms in the United States offering a full range of scheduling support services for the transit industry.
TMD’s founder, Russ Chisholm, brings over 35 years of direct industry experience developing highly productive bus and rail transit service, both domestically and internationally. He built TMD with a focus on designing and implementing market-driven transit networks that enhance public mobility for more livable communities. Throughout thirty years in business, TMD has delivered specialized transit solutions using rigorous, data-driven methods and strategic application of best practices. Much of our business is driven by ongoing relationships with transit agencies seeking a variety of on-call planning and technical support services customized to their unique needs. Our collaborative and flexible approach to every engagement ensures measurable results and sustainable outcomes for systems of all sizes, geographic regions, and modes.

Current Projects

LA Metro NextGen Bus Study

LA Metro NextGen Bus Study

TMD is conducting an evaluation of Los Angeles County’s existing bus service as part of a broader effort to redesign LA Metro’s overall bus network. Seeking to attract and retain more customers, we are examining how current Metro service offerings impact people’s decision to use (or not use) transit. Coupled with the project team’s market analysis, our study will inform service strategies and design guidelines expected by Fall 2019.

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Sound Transit COA/Network Plan

Sound Transit COA/Network Plan

With an ambitious expansion of Seattle’s regional public transit system underway, TMD is working with Sound Transit on a comprehensive operational analysis of its Express bus service. Our focus is to ensure effective integration of new light rail extensions and BRT projects with the bus system network, prioritizing accessibility, efficiency, and effectiveness. We are also updating the agency’s service standards and performance measures to reflect industry best practices.

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Rochester Reimagine RTS

Rochester Reimagine RTS

TMD is currently leading Reimagine RTS, a three-phase study exploring how to redesign the fixed-route transit system to best serve greater Rochester’s changing mobility needs. The plan seeks to optimize investment in the current bus network and make regional mobility more useful, convenient, and accessible by incorporating innovative mobility options. Based on extensive community input and our detailed technical analysis, we will present a draft network plan this summer.

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Nashville MTA Network Redesign

Nashville MTA Network Redesign

Serving one of the nation’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas, Nashville MTA commissioned TMD to conduct a comprehensive transportation network redesign as part of nMotion – its long-range strategic plan to improve regional mobility. TMD is evaluating MTA’s existing bus network to simplify and improve service, and helping the agency prioritize investments for future service expansion. Additional recommendations will consider facilities and operations management improvements, and pilot programs with emerging mobility technologies.

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St. Louis Metro Reimagined

St. Louis Metro Reimagined

Over the past year, TMD has led Metro ReImagined – a 15-month effort to better understand and plan for public mobility throughout the St. Louis region. Following a detailed assessment to identify existing and future travel patterns and market preferences, we designed recommendations to improve service within Metro’s existing operating budget while integrating new modes within the mobility marketplace. We are refining and prioritizing recommendations based on extensive public feedback gathered this spring.

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