Taming Rush Hour Traffic: Return-to-Office Lessons for Your Region

Seattle Panel LPDespite many U.S. employers delaying return-to-office timelines until January 2022, rush hour traffic in major cities is on the rise. Policies and other innovations helped the Seattle region boost transit and reduce single-occupancy vehicles’ share of traffic pre-COVID. Which tactics are proving most effective now?

Watch the panel featuring transportation leaders from the state of Washington, who will share the data, tools, and strategies they’re using to prevent a highway congestion melt-down when the region’s office employees shift their WFH hours back to the corporate campus. Topics include: 

  • Public-private programs to incentivize carpooling and transit
  • Surprising statistics about commuter contribution to congestion
  • Calibration of timetables to ensure mobility for essential workers
  • Regional network adjustments to reduce peak-hour traffic

Register now, and help manage pandemic-era congestion in your region.

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Panelist Bios

Robin Mayhew is the Director for the WSDOT Management of Mobility Division, leading planning, policy, and near-term mobility and technology planning in Central Puget Sound. Robin joined WSDOT in 2017 and initiated the start-up of the new MoM Division, creating innovative, multimodal solutions that safely and efficiently move people and goods around the Central Puget Sound Region.

Kevin Futhey is the Executive Director of Commute Seattle, a non-profit transportation management association. Kevin joined Commute Seattle in 2017 and has helped steer the organization’s many transportation demand management initiatives through collaborations with public and private sector partners.

Catherine Manzo is a Senior Director heading up StreetLight Customer Success. Her team has worked with DOTs, MPOs, and cities across all 48 contiguous states, helping agencies use transportation analytics to solve planning challenges. A Seattle resident, Cat brings an on-the-ground perspective to StreetLight’s insights about the region’s traffic patterns during the pandemic.

StreetLight’s Martin Morzynski, the panel’s moderator, is a frequent guest on public radio, news programs and podcasts and regular contributor to analyses conducted by the New York Times, Bloomberg and other media organizations seeking to measure and understand the changing world of transportation. He can be found on Twitter as @MartinOnTraffic, sharing data-based perspectives on mobility and climate.