Sarah Cushman helps people have happy commutes. She works for transportation options that improve the quality of life of commuters and the livability of communities. Sarah loves seeing how each of us connects more with other people and the places around us when we walk, ride a bicycle, share a car ride and hop on the bus (or ferry or train).

As owner and principal of Cushman Transportation Consulting, LLC, (CTC) Sarah brings skills as a transportation planner, educator, consultant and former master-certified auto mechanic.

CTC is a Prequalified Consultant with MaineDOT and Women Business Enterprise (DBE) certified with the state. The firm is currently engaged with MaineDOT for a pilot pedestrian safety project working with vulnerable populations in Bangor, Lewiston-Auburn, and the Portland area.

In addition, CTC has been working recently on a number of TDM Plans and their reporting required for site development by the City of Portland, including for the St. Lawrence Arts Center, WEX, Thompson’s Point, 82 Hanover Street and the Baxter Academy for Science and Technology. Sarah was also contracted with Go Maine to develop and deliver the inaugural Way 2 GO MAINE Business to Business commuter challenge in October 2017 – with plans to continue this work in 2018.

In 2017 Sarah authored a series of monthly sustainable transportation columns for the Maine Sunday Telegram’s Source section. CTC also recently organized and co-sponsored the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) workshop for Greater Portland on Contemporary Approaches to TDM Planning.

CTC was recently under agreement with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) as on-call bicycle and pedestrian planning and design consultants for PACTS (Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System) and for the City of Portland on expansion its Neighborhood Byways pedestrian and bicycle network.

In her spare time, Sarah is assisting the Greater Portland Council of Governments and the City of Portland with a key outcome of the FHWA workshop, the convening of a regional TDM committee and revitalized exploration of a possible Transportation Management Association. Sarah also serves on the steering committee of the Cumberland County Public Health in Transportation Coalition and as a member of the City of Portland Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee.

In addition to her past education and technician training, Sarah has engaged most recently in comprehensive training for transportation demand management professionals at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida. She was awarded the Commuter Choice Certificate and the Social Marketing in Transportation Certificate from CUTR in 2017.

Sarah is a member of the Maine Association of Planners, the Women in Transportation – Maine Chapter, the Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals, and the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) – Canada. CTC is a Partnering Organization of Best Workplaces for Commuters also a business sponsor of Grow Smart Maine.

Sarah serves on the steering committee of the Cumberland County Public Health in Transportation Coalition and as a member of the City of Portland Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee. Sarah is also a member of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM), the Portland Bicycle Commuter Meetup, and GoMaine Commuter Connections.

how-to-go-green-all-winter-discussion-111208-003-croppedSarah has taught environmentally responsible driving, vehicle maintenance, alternate transportation methods, and finance to adults through Portland Adult Education and individual consulting – as well as to teen drivers around the state through the Maine Energy Education Program (MEEP) and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (Maine DEP).

sarah-at-the-shop-small1As a former ASE Master-Certified auto mechanic, Sarah has worked since 2000 to educate car owners about the true financial cost of car ownership and environmental issues of the automotive world.  She has years of experience with a full range of automotive concerns: computer-related and electrical issues, engine efficiency problems, cooling systems and air conditioning, brakes, suspension, steering, exhaust, tune-ups and other maintenance services – and has a gift of being able to explain things in layman’s terms.  She is well-versed in the realities of the automotive industry from the perspective of the shop owner, industry practices, the technician, automotive education, and the customer. Sarah has sought to demystify car care, assist families and organizations to accurately assess their vehicle needs and explore alternatives, and help car owners improve their relationship both with their vehicles and also a garage they can trust.

From May through August 2012 Sarah and her husband and 5 year-old daughter took a family bicycle journey through Maine, Atlantic Canada, and Quebec.  The trip included informal meetings with local bicycling advocates, planners, & educators and a review of various bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure treatments.  In 2016, Sarah and her family took another trip to bike across the United States.

As part of a one-car family, Sarah regularly walks, bikes, carpools and rides various bus routes to get to work and around town.  “I do it because it saves a ton of cash for my family.  I do it for the air we breathe and the water we drink and our climate future.  I do it to stay healthy for my daughter. But just as much, I do it because it feels good. When I carpool or take the bus I’m more connected to my community.  And when I walk and bike I’m more connected to the planet that sustains our daily life.  That gives a big boost to each day.”

Please see Sarah’s curriculum vitae here.