This paper describes a study conducted in 1976 to investigate the application of variable work hours in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. Although the primary focus was on the activity, travel, and transit routes of the central business district, suburban applications were also considered. The specific objectives of the research were to identify: possible benefits with respect to transit operations, the degree to which traffic congestion could be decreased, any impacts on high-occupancy vehicle use, and institutional impediments to the implementation of variable work hours strategy. From the results of the study, it was concluded that: an extensive compulsory staggered work hours program has the potential to reduce the size of the bus fleet required and to reduce traffic congestion in the Twin Cities area; an areawide variable work hours program in a central business district characterized by diverse activity would be extremely difficult to implement under current conditions without substantial employee incentives or government dictate; a variable work hours program may cause a mode shift in work trip travel away from public transit, car pools, and van pools; and selective, individual-employer programs of variable work hours to reduce local traffic congestion or better schedule transit service appears to have the best chance for current implementation in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: pp 22-24
  • Monograph Title: Effects of transportation on the community
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00196670
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309028310
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-026 811
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 15 1981 12:00AM