International Symposium on Travel Demand Management (TDM) Taipei invites Penang


The 8th International Symposium On Travel Demand Management is taking place in Taiwan from 27-29 September. All details at

In recognition to those who are involved in the present vigorous public debate on a viable transport strategy and plan for Penang, the organizers are offering sharp discounts to anyone working on these issues in Penang – whether government, university, NGOs, civil society, researchers, consultants and investigative media. Instead of the full price (USD 350.00) as per 1 August the following prices are available for participants from Penang:

* Discounted single rate for individual participants – USD220.00
* Delegation of 5 or more – USD 180.00
* Student rate — USD 100.00

To benefit from these special rates, please contact:

Ms. Yi-Xuan WU. Secretary, TDM 2017
Transportation Division Dept of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University

* * Please copy request to for additional special information on events and parallel sessions.


The symposium will be held in the late September of Taiwan, around the mid-autumn, the most pleasant season of the island that welcomes her visitors with very unique natural beauty and local culture. This event promises to bring together the domestic and international TDM research community to brainstorm ideas for present and future of TDM practice for improved mobility. As this is the second time that the event is held in Asia, one of the major focuses for discussion is related to the challenges and opportunities of TDM in Asian emerging economies. Facing rapid urbanization and economic development, how to efficiently address the induced traffic growth and emission? Can the experience from the developed countries be applied to emerging Asia? Will the differences of culture and social structure be the obstacle or helping hand for TDM?

New invigorating energy in TDM is propelled by innovative strategies and concepts that offer more efficient temporal and spatial utilization of transportation system capacity and resources. Existing widely used congesting roadway/parking pricing strategies aim to spread the peak hour demand through user fees, while complementary incentive-based approaches also appear to be effective and promising.

The concept of shared-use mobility improves the utilization of roadway capacity by dynamically increasing the occupancy of vehicles or by improving the availability of various modes through sharing mechanisms. The concept of total streets focuses on proving the needed infrastructure re-design or conversion for multi-modal transportation. Travel plans and trip reduction ordinances are promoting financial and behavioral incentives in new and existing developments.

While all these concepts and strategies appeal to a niche market, the general commuting public is starting to explore and embrace non-traditional commuting options and become less reliant on traditional transportation modes and means. The lessons learned from applying these various concepts and strategies to trigger and anchor commuter behavior change has also generated greater interest in behavior economics.

An integrated, affordable, results-oriented  TDM  package for Penang:

The bottom line of TDM is to help cities who are considering trying to SPEND AND BUILD their way out of what they think are their mobility problems, and instead shift gears instead to THINK AND MANAGE their way out. The approach is, as the saying goes, Better, Faster, Cheaper. . . Much better results, available much more quickly and at far less cost. That anyway is what TDM is all about, and Penang may do well to take a close look.

This is, I believe, a major opportunity for all those in Penang who are concerned about transport and mobility planning, policy and action in their beautiful city/state to hear from the best.

And if I may, I would like to close with a thought. In order to get best value from this experience, I hope you will consider thinking about those who join the symposium as a sort of informal independent task force. And wouldn’t it be great if you might somehow put your brains and skills together to coordinate to get the most from this experience. And then bring back your thoughts and recommendations for Penang upon your return.

If you have any questions about this, please get in touch with me via or here on WhatsApp.

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About the editor :

Eric Britton
13, rue Pasteur. Courbevoie 92400 France

Bio: Founding editor of World Streets (1988), Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher, occasional consultant, and sustainability activist who has observed, learned, taught and worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. In the autumn of 2019, he committed his remaining life work to the challenges of aggressively countering climate change and specifically greenhouse gas emissions emanating from the mobility sector. He is not worried about running out of work. Further background and updates: @ericbritton | | #fekbritton | | and | Contact: | +336 508 80787 (Also WhatApp) | Skype: newmobility.)

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