The End of Rush Hour: Technology Gives Way to New Commuting and Mobility Patterns

For decades, ‘work’ meant spending an eight-hour chunk of your day in an office, industrial facility, or at school. Workers needed to physically occupy a given location in order to do their jobs. Because of this, the trips to and from these locations were slow, uncomfortable and time-consuming. Commuters essentially had two options: stuck in traffic in a car or packed onto a bus or train. Either way, they were bound to the rush hour schedule. Urban residents had two certainties in life: death and traffic jams. Within the last decade, however, the growth of the Internet and mobile technologies has transformed this culture of work. In the coming years, we’ll see mobility patterns and the notion of ‘rush hour’ follow suit. read the full article: