Astrid B. Logan is the Transportation Coordinator for California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She served on the ACT National Board for a few years and has also served the So Cal Chapter in many roles including President and Secretary. Astrid was the first person hired in the CSU to manage a campus transportation program. CSUN, is a vibrant, diverse university community of 38,310 students and more than 4,000 faculty and staff, located on a 356-acre campus in the heart of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. Astrid has been there since November of 1990.
What brought you to TDM? How did you get involved in the field?
Born and raised in Los Angeles, I remember playing outside and having my sides cramp up. Back then, kids would just say, “I have a side stint.” Working at LAUSD, I was introduced to Regulation 15, a tough, new, air quality rule employers were reacting to. It required a training certificate, so a few of us were trained. The class was only a couple of days, but I became interested in the subject and started looking for articles on air quality and the effects of smog. I ran across a publication comparing lung capacity of children who lived in Los Angeles with that of children in “cleaner” areas around the country. The study concluded that L.A. children had a 15% lower lung capacity than their counterparts. Remembering the “side stints” from my childhood, I knew I had to do something. So, I directed my career toward TDM.
Why did you get involved in ACT? What has been the most memorable moment of your experience in ACT?
My most memorable moment in ACT was after 9/11, when I taught an ACT professional development class on crisis commuting at a conference. I distributed a little tri-fold brochure I developed called, “The Crisis Commute: Re-thinking Your Routine,” designed to help employees plan an alternative commute strategy in the event something catastrophic happened while they were in the work place and could not access the mode they used to arrive at work that day. Weeks later, ACT members who had seen or heard about the brochure were asking if they could “steal” the idea for their own worksites.
Within your work, what do you see as the future opportunities/challenges for TDM?
The pandemic has provided us with a snapshot of what happens to the “commutescape” when people refrain from doing a lot of driving. With that in mind, the challenge and the opportunity for TDM are oddly the same: Promote ALL aspects of alternative modes (whether it is your personal favorite or not). The goal here is to not have the majority revert back to the SOV. TDM practitioners have to remember how to tailor the commute to the commuter. That is the only way our work produces positive results.