About

Sarah Cushman is a transportation planner, educator, consultant, and former master-certified auto technician.  She works for sustainable transportation options that improve the quality of life of commuters and the livability of communities.

CTC is currently engaged with MaineDOT for a pilot pedestrian safety project working with vulnerable populations in Bangor, Lewiston-Auburn, and the Portland area. Sarah has also contracted with Go Maine to develop and deliver a multi-modal commuter challenge campaign in October 2017, as part of National Rideshare Month. In addition, CTC is contracted with the St. Lawrence Arts Center and the Baxter Academy for Science and Technology to update and continue development of their TDM plans as the organizations make their way through the Portland site review process. Sarah is also working under an 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. Recently, CTC organized and co-sponsored the Federal Highway Administration’s workshop for Greater Portland on Contemporary Approaches to TDM Planning.

In addition, CTC is a Prequalified Consultant with MaineDOT and Women Business Enterprise (DBE) certified with the state. Sarah has helped convene an ad-hoc joint subcommittee of Portland Downtown and the Portland Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee to explore best practice parking management strategies for the future of downtown.  Sarah is also a member of the joint METRO and Portland Public Schools Task Force for the High School Transit Pass Program.

From 2009-2016, Sarah (via CTC) consulted with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the Maine Department of Transportation as the Southern Maine Planner for the Maine Safe Routes to School – Walk & Bike to School Program – and her firm is a partner affiliate of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. In addition, Sarah was the past Chair of the City of Portland Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Advisory Committee and was contracted with PACTS (Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System) to assist with the development of  TDM2go.info – a TDM planning and promotion website for the region. CTC was also contracted with the Greater Portland Council of Governments to deliver Eco-Driving Training for municipal fleet drivers. Sarah founded and served as director and then board member of Portland Green Streets, the Transportation Demand Management encouragement program that celebrated and encouraged walking, bicycling, public transit use, carpooling, and telecommuting in Greater Portland from 2007-2012.

how-to-go-green-all-winter-discussion-111208-003-croppedCTC has served as a technical advisor for Go Maine Commuter Connections, the South Portland Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee, Sustain Southern Maine, the Cumberland County Climate and Energy Plan, the Way to Go! Portland Active Transportation Steering Committee, and the ad-hoc committee exploring the formation of a Greater Portland Transportation Management Association. Sarah also has assisted and supported the Build Maine conference.

Sarah 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.

In addition to her past education and technician training, Sarah is currently engaged in comprehensive training for transportation demand management professionals at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida. 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 also a business sponsor of Grow Smart Maine and the Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine.

Sarah is a Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Instructor and member of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM), as well as a member of the City of Portland Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, the Portland Bicycle Commuting Meetup, and Go Maine Commuter Connections.

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.