The other day at 6:30pm I was at the Green Park Tube station in London where three lines (Victoria, Piccadilly, Jubilee) stop at different levels. This means there are two sets of three flows of people that move from one line to catch an another one.
I arrived at one underground cross-corridors point where some flows merge and I found hundreds of people clogged forming long queues in each respective corridor. Fortunately I am not claustrophobic otherwise I could have felt very bad.
During the afternoon peak time, the Victoria line offer an excellent service (a train every 40"/60", yes, seconds) and the other two offer -
each - a train about every other minute with the result that a lot of (too many?) people walk in these tunnels to reach their requested platform.
Currently the Sustainable Transport Experts aim to achieve the ambitious goal of shifting people (travellers, commuters...) from private cars to public transport. But, as just described, in some cases public transport is not able to carry more passengers that it already does.
This is a clear evidence something should change in our theories: not only encouraging the use of public transport, which is good, but also updating the way we work: more hot spot offices should be created in external areas of our cities to avoid that a great majority of commuters have to go to city centres. This would relieve the city transport systems and would improve our quality of life as professionals could travel less (time & space) to reach an operative desk while students and other employees (e.g. teachers, shops assistants, bankers, etc.) - that cannot move their working place - could find a more accessible, safe & secure transport system.
As a matter of fact, high-speed Internet, Voice-over-IP software (e.g. Skype) and Cloud Storage already today allow us to work remotely when we travel outside our cities or countries.
Why don't adopt this working style also during our regular working days?
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