Traffic Demand Management (TDM) calculator tool. DTLA Hack for LA is partnering with Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) to develop this tool to help planners at LADOT and real estate developers calculate how to meet some of Los Angeles’s Mobility Plan 2035 goals.

Transportation demand management (TDM) is a defined set of strategies aimed at maximizing traveller choices while also improving mobility, reduce congestion, vehicle miles travelled, greenhouse gas emissions, and air pollution.

For our project purposes, we are creating a TDM calculator tool in order to help real estate developers learn how to pass their development plans through the city with visible calculations showing based on their development plans.

Project Context

In order to start construction on a building to the City of Los Angeles, real estate developers have to submit a proposal of their development plan to the city for review and must meet certain criteria in order to be approved.

Currently, the process for getting approved to build plans (on a super high level, steps may vary) goes like this:

  • Real estate developer submit development proposal
  • City manually checks criteria through manual review
  • If it meets the criteria, city “approves” the plan
  • If it doesn’t, real estate developer is able to request a meeting for further review and discussion. Otherwise, the plan is rejected.

Real estate developers currently don’t have any way to understand where their development plans are getting rejected.

The TDM Calculator will be created in order to give them more visibility into how to get their development plans approved and, more importantly, get fined less for following city building criteria.

The city will benefit by having more time to review edge cases for building development plans, while being able to approve plans that fit criteria with more ease and less hassle.

LADOT New Requirements for Sustainable Developments

LA Mobility Plan 2035

Hack for LA Code of Conduct

Technology Used

How To Contribute

  • Join the team on the Hack For LA Slack channel (#tdm-calculator), or at our weekly hack night on Tuesdays in Hack For LA!
  • To help with user research, find other cities’ TDM calculators.
  • To contribute to the code, see Contributing

For more information click here.