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Everybody thinks about adding in public transit, more freeway lanes, running commuter vans and buses to move as many people as possible in one hour.
It occurred to me while in traffic that there is a simple solution to rush hour traffic: stagger working hours so people work 8-4, 10-6, 11-7, 7-3 alongside
The status quo has every white collar worker going to and leaving work at the same time, which is why we have rush hour. Staggering workdays has workers commuting at staggered hours, meaning a slice of the workers are going to and leaving work at different times. Minimal or no traffic save everybody time, money, stress, fuel while giving people more options to the hours they work in the office.
This is a simple and easy to implement transportation optimization which needs no new or expansion of infrastructure yet this idea doesn't have traction in the public sphere.
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||Isn't this called Flextime (Flexitime in England)?
||Why is there no work in the UK now? Is everyone on the dole?
||"This metering on ramp to the freeway is closed.It will open again in about one hour. Have a nice day."
||This is done somewhat in places I have worked.
The workshop next to me does 7-3, while I do 8-5 (I like a long lunch).
The factory I once worked in did 7-3, but for a different reason: the staff asked for those hours as many had school-aged children. One parent works 9-5 (can drop kids off) and the other parent works 7-3 (can pick kids up).
||I already stagger through most of my workday.