Did you know that employees who occasionally work from home report greater work-life balance and are also more productive? And, if you’re working from home (or working longer days in a shorter week), then you’re not coming into downtown as often. This is just one of the strategies we’re working on aimed at reducing the number of drive-alone trips into downtown. With fewer cars on the road, we’ll have more space to move buses, emergency vehicles, trucks, and people who cannot telework or don’t have an alternative to driving.
- Give employers and employees tools to increase telework and flexible scheduling options. Currently 5% of downtown employees do some kind of telework or flexible schedule. We want to increase that to 10% by 2020 (stay tuned for more tools!)
- During the afternoon rush hour, as much as 10% of traffic is caused by transportation network company vehicles, like Uber and Lyft. We want to reduce that impact, so we’ll be trying out loading area strategies in congested areas to reduce the pick-up, drop-off and circulation impacts (2019).