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In the readings, you are introduced to the land-use impacts on transportation. In the Ewing and Cervero studies, pick one of the four major impacts and explain why you think it is important and what you would do to help or improve that area given the chance.
It is difficult for me to single out one of the challenges (sprawl, congestion, oil dependence, climate change) identified by Ewing and Cervero, as I see all four being interconnected in multiple ways. However, I will focus oil dependence, specifically utilizing the D Variable (pg. 267) of distance to transit, and how the current COVID19 environment has actually presented organizations with a new way of conducting business.
Energy dependence on actors outside of the United States is considered by some to not only be a financial burden that we should be able to overcome, but also an opportunity to invest in our own internal economic infrastructure through jobs development in the energy industry. In regards to limiting the amount of fuel we consume, utilization of technology could be key. In the past, workers were limited by accessibility to quality road networks and gas mileage of existing vehicles to the area from their home where they could secure employment. However, as access to major highways improved, as well as availability of vehicles with higher MPG or electric options, employees can now expand their search for work further from their homes.
At least within my current assignment, COVID19 has forced us to look more closely at the viability of telework. In the past, leadership has been hesitant to take action in this area because of existing prejudices toward the thought of allowing people to “work” away from the job site. “How do I know you’re doing anything if you aren’t here?” However, I believe this old way of thinking is obsolete and needs to change. Obviously, there are some positions (i.e. warehouse operators, maintenance shop workers) for whom telework is not an option. We do, however, have individuals in our financial services and contracting sections who are fully capable of conducting business off-site.
Telework cannot be approved simply to save employees travel time and money. The organizational requirements must still be met. However, must companies have invested enormous amounts of time and energy into information technologies. If telework is a viable option, not only will this generate a potential reduction of fuel consumption by reducing employees’ miles travelled, but also maximize organizational IT investments which have already been made.
Ewing, R. and Cervero, R. (2010). Travel and the Built Environment. Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol 76, No.3, Summer 2010. 265-294.
In our readings this week, Ewing and Cervero identified four different factors the impact land use transportation. They are sprawl, congestion, oil dependence, and climate change. Picking one of these challenges and debating how I would go about improving it the impact is difficult since I can see how they all feed off each other in some sort of way. I will have to go with congestion since that is the one that always seems to impact me when I am consistently driving 16 hours from North Carolina to New Hampshire to visit my kids. During these trips, I must venture through Richlands North Carolina, Washington D.C., and New York City, in order to get to my final destination. Every single time I am going through these areas I end up getting caught in an exceedingly large amount of congestion since these areas are so heavily populated. I am not sure if any of you have driven through any of these cities (especially Washington) they are always backed up and congested even at two o’clock in the morning.
I believe it was a different course that I was taking in my master’s degree, where we did some research on smart cities and smart technology and we had to identify ways in which that we could use smart technology in order to effective lesson and control traffic in large cities. The best way to accomplish this would to use this technology to notify people of largely congested routes and preemptively, and provide them with a much wider range of alternate and effective routes to get to their final destination in an effective manner, lessening the through traffic from the massively congested area.
I hope you all have a great week.
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