The Transport Problem

The problem of transport to work is not completely new but the trend is confirmed, if you are visiting Melbourne you should hire your transport before arriving for that visit other all networks are often saturated and our ability to adapt tends to run out of steam.


However, this problem is at the heart of the concerns of public and private actors – especially in the Melbourne region – for many years. Some major transport players are even in discussions with large companies to encourage them and help them to telecommute their employees. In short, “Gentlemen, allow your employees to work from home from time to time because we can no longer transport them.” What entrepreneurs seem more and more willing to accept, under certain conditions …

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Investments in infrastructure are very expensive, very complex to implement and belong to the long time. They are necessary, but their natural inertia does not allow them to adapt effectively to changes in population and uses over time.

Possible solutions?

How to envisage a durable and flexible solution, allowing to adapt to a potential new saturation of the networks in 20 years? How can we imagine a solution that will also adapt to changing work patterns and the expectations of younger generations?

In other words, treating the current symptoms does not cure the “chronic disease” and does not respond very aptly to the long-term project of a living ensemble that does not necessarily want to develop and realize itself as its predecessors.

We thus see several solutions, cyclical and structural, and the situations or ambitions of each.

– Some simply choose new modes of transportation to work – walking, cycling, scooter, carpooling, etc. – and bypass the problem. Or decide to leave the big cities, when they can.

– More and more freelancers / freelancers leave their jobs to continue working partially for their former employer, while retaining the freedom – and the associated risk – to accept or refuse the assignments offered to them.

– Telework is growing and will allow more and more employees remaining on permanent contracts to work remotely. They retain their employee benefits and have more flexibility.

– Renewal of smaller entrepreneurial structures occupying areas less traditionally known as office areas also rebates cards a bit. Small and medium-sized businesses set up everywhere in Australia or in more residential and trendy districts. One can imagine that this phenomenon, if it is consolidated, will allow a partial harmonization of the distribution of the economic activity in Australia.

New technologies

All of these solutions, often enabled by new technologies – in a service economy – offer more flexibility and responsiveness in implementation and evolution than just infrastructure investments. They make it possible to soften the transport problem but also respond to the desire for change in the conception of the work and its articulation with a (re) reconciled personal life.

Finally, new technologies make it possible to rationalize business travel by favoring almost exclusively local interventions. In the area of ​​personal services, if enough local demand can be found, local service providers that have demonstrated their effectiveness will not need to travel miles to provide services. This requires an effort to structure and regulate supply and demand at the local level.