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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 and the Baxter Academy for Science and Technology. Sarah also contracted with Go Maine to develop and deliver the inaugural Way 2 GO MAINE Business to Business commuter challenge in October 2017 – and was back at it again to grow the Challenge further 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. This project is in the midst of being evolved further by VHB.

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

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 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.

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.


Sarah is a member of the Maine Association of Planners, the Women Transportation Seminar – Maine Chapter, and the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) – Canada. CTC is 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 has served 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.

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