For Planning/Engineering Firms & TDM Organizations

Cushman Transportation Consulting, LLC (CTC) is a Maine-based firm working for transportation options that improve the quality of life of commuters and the livability of communities.

CTC specializes in transportation demand management (TDM) promotion and planning. The firm assists local government agencies and private sector companies with information, planning, facilitation, promotion and management of transit, pedestrian, bicycle, rideshare and other TDM-related projects and programs. CTC is a Prequalified Consultant with MaineDOT, certified as a Women Business Enterprise (DBE) with the state and fully insured.

CTC is owned and operated by Sarah Cushman – a transportation planner, consultant and former master-certified auto mechanic. Sarah loves seeing how each of us connects more with the people and places around us when we hop on the bus (or ferry or train), walk, ride a bicycle, or share a car ride. She brings skills in multi-modal planning, community outreach, education and behavior change.

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, the Shipyard Redevelopment, 100 Fore Street, 321 Commercial Street, 176 Kennebec Street’s senior housing development, and the Baxter Academy for Science and Technology.

In addition, CTC is subconsulting with the engineering firm, VHB, on the Westbrook Transit Hub Study at the Rock Row site – a project of the Greater Portland Council of Governments and PACTS (Portland Comprehensive Transportation System).

Sarah also consults with GO MAINE, the statewide commuter assistance program, on special projects. Among other things, this includes work on the Emergency Ride Home benefit and co-developing and delivering the inaugural Way 2 GO MAINE Business to Business commuter challenge in October 2017 and again in October 2018.

Previous Work

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In 2017 and 2018, CTC was under agreement with MaineDOT for a pilot pedestrian safety project working with vulnerable populations in Bangor, Lewiston-Auburn, and the Portland area. This project is in the midst of being evolved further by VHB.

In April 2017, CTC organized and co-sponsored the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) workshop for Greater Portland on Contemporary Approaches to TDM Planning. Sarah has assisted the Greater Portland Council of Governments, the City of Portland and the Maine Turnpike Authority and other venues with counsel regarding the revitalized exploration of a possible Transportation Management Association.

Also 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 VHB as on-call bicycle and pedestrian planning and design consultants for PACTS and for the City of Portland on expansion its Neighborhood Byways pedestrian and bicycle network.

In 2016, Sarah and her family took a six month sabbatical to bicycle across the United States.

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 Program.

During that time frame Sarah also chaired the City of Portland Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Advisory Committee and CTC was contracted with PACTS 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.

As a former ASE Master-Certified auto mechanic, Sarah has also worked since 2000 to educate car owners about the true financial cost of car ownership and environmental issues of the automotive world.  She has had 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.

Technical Assistance & Volunteer Efforts

Sarah has served on the steering committee of the Cumberland County Public Health in Transportation Coalition, as a member of the joint METRO and Portland Public Schools Task Force for the High School Transit Pass Program, and as a member of both the Portland and South Portland Bicycle and Pedestrian Committees.

She has also been a technical advisor to GO MAINE, Sustain Southern Maine, and the Cumberland County Climate and Energy Plan. In addition, Sarah has assisted with and supported the Build Maine conference.

Sarah also 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 helped result in an updated parking demand study and new multi-modal marketing efforts.

In addition, Sarah was the founder and a board member of Portland Green Streets, the all-volunteer Transportation Demand Management encouragement program that celebrated and encouraged walking, bicycling, public transit use, carpooling, and telecommuting in Greater Portland from 2007-2011.

Affiliations

Sarah is a member of the Maine Association of Planners, the Women Transportation Seminar – Maine Chapter, and the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) and the Association for Commuter Transportation – Canada. CTC is also a Partnering Organization of Best Workplaces for Commuters.

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 also a member of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM)Portland Bicycle Commuter Meetup, and GO MAINE Commuter Connections.