For Planning/Engineering Firms & TDM Organizations

P1010024Cushman Transportation Consulting, LLC (CTC) is a Maine-based firm specializing in pedestrian, bicycle and transportation demand management (TDM) promotion and planning. CTC assists planning, design and engineering firms and TDM organizations with local information, planning, facilitation, promotion and management of bike-ped and TDM-related projects and programs.

Owned and operated by Sarah Cushman – a transportation planner, educator, consultant and former master-certified auto mechanic – Cushman Transportation Consulting, LLC is a Prequalified Consultant with MaineDOT, certified as a Women Business Enterprise (DBE) with the state and fully insured. Please be in touch Sarah via e-mail at or phone (207) 200-1910 to discuss possible collaboration on anticipated or current projects or programs.

Current Projects

CTC has been working recently on a number of TDM Plans and 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 addition, CTC is under agreement with MaineDOT for a pilot pedestrian safety project working with vulnerable populations in Bangor, Lewiston-Auburn, and the Portland area.

In 2017, CTC organized and co-sponsored the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) workshop for Greater Portland on Contemporary Approaches to TDM Planning. 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.

Previous Work

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In 2017 Sarah authored a series of monthly sustainable transportation columns for the Maine Sunday Telegram’s Source section. CTC was also 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.

Sarah (via CTC) consulted from 2009-2016 with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the Maine Department of Transportation as the Southern Maine Planner for the Maine Safe Routes to School Program.  In addition, Sarah 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.  This has resulted in an updated parking demand study and new multi-modal marketing efforts.  Sarah was also a member of the joint METRO and Portland Public Schools Task Force for the High School Transit Pass Program.

CTC has served as a technical advisor for Go Maine Commuter Connections, the South Portland Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee, Sustain Southern Maine, and the Cumberland County Climate and Energy Plan. Sarah also has assisted and supported the Build Maine conference.

Sarah chaired the City of Portland Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Advisory Committee and CTC was contracted with PACTS to assist with the development of – 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.  In addition, Sarah was the founder and a 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.


Sarah is a member of the Maine Association of Planners, the Women Transportation Seminar – 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.

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 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.