This project tracks the travel activity and positions in relation to Working from Home (WFH) caused by the COVID-19 impact. It covers the Australian population through a longitudinal data plan (commencing in March 2020) and what this might mean as we get to understand responses from employers and employees ....to WFH until we reach some equilibrium, possibly when vaccination is widespread.
The COVID-19 pandemic has produced a number of unintended consequences for the transport network. At the height of the pandemic, we had a significant number of people work from home, in large measure due to government restrictions, with travel allowed only where work was deemed ‘essential’.
With WFH we observed substantial reductions in travel by all modes, but especially shared modes – public transport and rideshare (for example, taxi, Uber, Ola). With WFH during the pandemic phase, and plans as we transition out of COVID-19 to relax restrictions while still ensuring social (or physical) distancing in all public spaces (including offices and common space in office buildings), the ‘success’ of flattening the pandemic curve has resulted in flattening the peak periods of travel (what we call ‘killing off the camel and replacing it with a horse’).
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