The staggered/flexible/variable work hour is one of many low-cost programs which, because implementation time is minimal, will yield virtually immediate results which are beneficial to the transportation network operation. In early March 1974, 33,000 of the 70,000 persons working in the central area of Ottawa began to participate in the variable work hours program. Data was collected later at various screenlines and cordons in the area to evaluate the effects of the program. The analysis concentrated on the impact of the variable work hours program on each of the following: modal split, transit ridership and capacity, automobile traffic distribution, parking, vehicle occupancy and employee arrival and departure times. Although both transit seating capacity and ridership were higher in the "after" as compared to the "before" period, ridership, expressed as a percentage of seating capacity, had a "flatter distribution" over the peak period in both the morning and evening. In considering only the peak 15-minute interval within the peak period in February and in March 1974, the inbound ridership decreased by 21 percent, the outbound evening ridership by 29 percent. On the road network, with respect to automobile distribution, the most significant impact was on the arrival and departure rates at the parking facilities.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Traffic Engineers

    2029 K Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20006
  • Authors:
    • Safavian, R
    • Mclean, K C
  • Publication Date: 1975-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 17-25
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00084391
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 2 1975 12:00AM