The disruption to our transport systems and way of life caused by COVID has also presented opportunities to learn how we can do things better. This is reflected in the appetite to undertake research in this area, which are delivering some interesting insights.
The pandemic, and Working from Home (WFH), have already had a huge effect on the demand for movement. Understanding the demand for movement, and any changes that are occurring is crucial for the managers of our road and rail networks, our traffic, and our public and private transport systems. And because those systems support the movement of people and goods, changes in the travel behaviour of people working from home effects everyone’s travel experience.
This is important to our participants in the transport sector because WFH creates a way to mitigate congestion on our road and rail networks. It also raises the question of whether the next billion dollars of infrastructure spend should be directed to physical infrastructure or communications infrastructure. In a world of flexible working arrangements, which investment (of taxpayer dollars) creates the greatest national benefit?
The potential impact and importance of the working from home paradigm has been recognised by numerous iMOVE participants, and we already have several WFH-based projects underway, in jurisdictions right across the country.
You can see details and updates about our WFH projects below, including eventually updates on their progress, and final reports.