We need to get people moving.
That should be the mantra of the Waterloo city council next year. The city has a love/hate relationship with transportation. The stream of 10,000 cars, vans and delivery trucks takes people from point A to point B but the delays, traffic jams and stop and go traffic make short trips longer. The environmental impact is scary with that many cars making longer trips to hockey practice and work. Estimates say 52% of free hydrocarbons are from transportation related sources.
Another negative impact from sluggish transportation is productivity. The time lost to transportation for a worker with a traditional 9-5 office schedule may be up to three hours in traffic per workday. That quickly multiplies to 180 hours per fiscal quarter. If that time were decreased by just an hour a week, how much could you and your coworkers get done?
- More days working after hours without fear of getting home at midnight.
- More willingness to make trips outside the workplace for brainstorming sessions.
- More face to face talks with clients and associates.
- More time to use in informal research and development.
A faster way of getting from A to B would mean more time to produce ideas. More time to ask questions and look for answers. Less time commuting would increase a worker’s job options and increase potential employees. An increase in supply brings more competition into the job market, i.e. better, more qualified candidates.
Virtual PBX Waterloo can provide a state of the art call handling system but if the employees are not there to get the calls, business can suffer. What is a fast, efficient and environmentally sound way to move people? Buses and carpooling are no longer the best alternatives.
Monorails are clean, fast and efficient public transportation. If Homer Simpson is not conducting. Maglev and other forms of monorail trains have been safely in use for decades. If tracks are elevated it does not block common traffic. The 10 minute cross town commute alone should be reason enough to look into it.