|Center Street Bridge traffic today, about 6:45am|
The pandemic, the antecedent cause of this TDM hammer, is awful and nothing to celebrate. The first order consequence of an economy-wide shutdown and recession is awful also.
But while we have suppressed demand for road space, it's also a chance to think about actions, like increased telecommuting during the work-from-home phase, that can be retained to some degree.
Salem Reporter reports that ODOT says*
over 2,000, or 40%, of its employees telecommuted statewide this week.How many of these employees and their managers will realize - should realize - that they might be able to continue working from home more frequently, even if only two or three days a week? And of course, not just at ODOT, but everywhere. We can find a new normal that isn't merely a reversion to the old ways.
- "Let's Talk Demand Rather than Supply" (2017)
- "Memo on Alternate Modes Study Shows How Little has been Done" (2016)
- "Memo on Alternate Modes Study, Pt 2 - TDM Badly Underfunded" (2016)
- "City Council, January 23rd - Council Policy Agenda" with an update on the Congestion Relief Task Force (2019)
The downside to the empty streets and roads is the inducement to speeding. This is also evidence that widening is never a safety measure.
|via FB today|
* Unfortunately the piece's primary focus was that an ODOT employee working in the T-Building had been exposed to the coronavirus, and ODOT had ordered everybody out and closed the building until Monday for a deep clean and decontamination.