Traffic and Congestion Relief for a change of pace ?

Have fun with the resolution number HR666:

This study committee will study the flex work week, which I hope, will go towards doing something about the congestion on our roads.

26 comments

  1. eehrhart says:

    Thanks Grift,

    I have a thick skin…sling away, except for the “fat” comments.

    As soon as the tech folks have the information to me, I will post the link to the live hearings. I plan to have two maybe three before session.

    Perhaps there is a way we could take some interactive participation from this blog during one of the meetings or even general public. I am open to suggestions.

  2. griftdrift says:

    No fat jokes here. I like my beer and good southern food too much to be judging others.

    By the way, we tried something similar in an agency where I once worked. It was very popular. Tough on management but it can work.

  3. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    Rep. Eahart, a few years ago there was a HB666. Which isn’t unusual, but for the author of that bill. Who was….. Jimmy Lord.

    Someone up there or down there has a sense of humor. HAHA

  4. YourFutureLeader says:

    Correct me if Im wrong but isnt the Senate currently doing a one day a week work at home program? Where they have the technological capabilities to plug their laptop into their home phone and answer calls to the office, or something of that sort? Is this similar to what you and your committee will be looking at?

  5. Bobby Kahn says:

    Earl,

    What happened to the plan that you and Sonny had to have prison guards telecommute? Y’all were supposed to get 25,000 people off the roads through telecommuting.

  6. Doug Deal says:

    Just encouraging staggard starting times for work would go a long way, even if the work week stayed at 5 days.

    This could work well, even for private businesses.

    Imaging if people came in from 6-10 and left from 2:30-6:30. If you spread out the “rush hour” to be twice as long, the average density should be half as much.

    Maybe give “tax credits” to commercial and industrial businesses that either reduce their work week to 4 days or allow a saturday for a weekday replacement in work schedules or flexible start/end times.

  7. eehrhart says:

    Thanks for the good suggestions and feedback. I think I will transcribe these comments for the committee so they can be thinking of some of these ideas.

    With the notable exception of yours Bobby! Its a little early in the day for you to be imbibing, in such quantities, Grifts favorite beverage he and I enjoy with southern food.

  8. eehrhart says:

    Loyalty,

    Yes the Senate has that really cool technology and we need to look at it.

    Blind hogs finding acorns you know!! Joke

  9. Rep Doug Collins says:

    I look forward to serving with Chairman Ehrhart and the rest of this committee to look at some out of the box ideas as it relates to our transportation problems. I want to echo the Chairman’s comments and encourage all of the Peach Pundit readers to submit ideas. This is a wonderful forum for ideas. The more ideas on the table the closer we are to finding solutions.

  10. Bobby Kahn says:

    GRTA, which Earl helped develop and pass, was to provide a framework for long-term planning and congestion relief. Lack of leadership in the last few years has limited the effectiveness of GRTA. It is unfortunate that Gov Perdue would let his petty disputes with Earl and the House leadership get in the way of real progress. I guess he figures if Earl had anything to do with GRTA, its a bad idea. Too bad.

  11. eehrhart says:

    Funding is important, but there comes a time when you just cannot build more infrastructure. This is small solution that might really have some large benefits. Therefore in my mind it is worth studying

  12. ugavi says:

    Rep. Ehrhart,
    Have we reached the time where we can’t build more infrastructure?

    Rush hour in the Atlanta are is already long enough. The idea of spreading the workday may work in other areas of the state, but I don’t see how it will help in the Atlanta area.

    The idea of shorter work weeks with longer days, seems to be a good idea. Are there other areas of the country that have done that, and what has the impact been?

  13. eehrhart says:

    ugavi

    Good questions which I hope will be answered by the study committee. Although I think you are right about the Atlanta situation with the 24 hour a day congestion. Taking cars off the road is I think the only solution which works in metro

  14. Harry says:

    Getting those near-empty GRTA “Xpress” buses off the roads would help traffic and save tax dollars.

  15. Harry says:

    On perhaps a more constructive note, the state should look at spending the limited resources on continuing to make surface road improvements, such as widening where possible, turn lanes, and interactive smart traffic signals. GA 20, GA 141, and GA 120 are prime, as well as others all over the region. Such roads carry the brunt of commuters as much as interstates, but interstate improvements seem to get the most attention.

  16. Bill Simon says:

    AND…(for the UGA grads in the audience who may be unable to make the leap of logic)…if you reduce tax burdens, then people don’t have to work as much and their driving to and fro’ will be reduced.

  17. eehrhart says:

    Agreed Bill, If we reduce the burden enough that only one family member has to work that could take many cars off the road.

    You know one of these days UGA the bulldog is gonna come right out of his fire hydrant and bite you where it really hurts.

  18. Still Looking says:

    There is no silver bullet to congestion relief. Staggered work hours and telecommuting will help. So will 25 other things. We have to do them all. Between 1994 and 2004 the vehicles miles traveled in metro Atlanta increased by 63% while the new travel lanes increased by 15%.

    People are changing their attitudes about cars, how far they want to live from work, air pollution, the cost of fuel, energy independence and the need for alternatives such as commuter rail, toll roads and even MARTA. The business community is fed up with the complete inability of DOT to build a project in a timely fashion. Metro Atlanta and therefore Georgia is losing economic development opportunities every day. You better believe Charlotte and our other competitors are talking about the worst traffic east of L.A. in Atlanta.

    The political leadership in Georgia, particularly the Governor are way behind the curve. DOT needs a major overhaul. Now! Everyday we waste – inflation eats up the budgets for road projects.

    ARC went back and looked at the regional transportation plan for the year 2000. There were 136 projects. Of those projects, 83 were delayed, and during the delay, the cost of finsihing these projects increased from $2 billion to $5.9 billion. This is money wasted by government and beaurcrats. It is incompetence. We need wholesale changes at DOT. And as soon as there is new leadership and new processes, we need new funding sources.

    Solving the transportation crisis will be a great test for our state and region. I think this could be the issue that Democrats could use to break through with suburban voters.

  19. this is almost as spooky as UN Security Council Resolution 666

    http://www.un.org/Docs/scres/1990/scres90.htm

    “Deeply concerned that Iraq has failed to comply with —”

    wish you all could have seen the CNN anchor man’s face when this resolution 666 rolled off of his teleprompter and tongue.

    maybe if alabama or mexico could invade georgia, we could get some new alternate transportation infrastructure from president bush?

    and/or if we could just reduce the temporarily escalated prices and property taxes on raw land and waive sales tax on mules, everyone could stay home, raise their own food and blog.

    halloweeen must be near.

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