The concept of the 4-day work week is reviewed. Potential impacts identified are: total travel, peak period travel and safety. Impact on total travel does not appear to be great. Although there will likely be a shifting in time, place and purpose of travel with 4-day. Peak period travel is subject to the greatest impact from 4-day. A freeway bottleneck and a major activity center were examined as case studies. Application of 4-day reduced both the duration of the time when demand exceeds capacity of a freeway bottleneck and the number of vehicles excess demand over capacity. In the major activity center examined, 4-day also redistributed travel demand to permit substantial additional persons to enter the cordon area during a day and peak period demand was also substantially affected. Safety could be affected as present patterns indicate a potential for increasing accidents.

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  • Accession Number: 00051436
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Paper #9116 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 9 1974 12:00AM