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OakX:The Problem-Solving Economy Egon Terplan/SPUR


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  • 1. The UrbanFuture ofWork:How denser, moreurban workplaces willstrengthen the BayArea’s economiccompetitiveness.Egon TerplanRegional Planning Director, SPUROakXJuly 25, 2012
  • 2. Job growth has significantly slowed for the Bay Areasince 1980
  • 3. The fastest-growing portion of the regional economy isthe highly specialized knowledge services sectorKnowledge services = professional services, software, IT, finance, information.
  • 4. While we can work anywhere, the office isn’t going away…it is now the place for collaborative work
  • 5. These trends point towards denser work settings… (and theneed to collaborate should benefit transit accessible places) • Declining square feet per worker • Collaborative space replaces private office • “Free address” workplaces • Mobile workers = many unoccupied desks = shifting to more FTEs per office
  • 6. Employmentwithin ½ mileof freewayramps75% of total Most jobs locate near freeways Maps produced by Mark Shorett, Arup for SPUR
  • 7. Employmentwithin ½ mileof regionaltransitstations Less than a23% of regional quarter oftotal jobs are near rail Maps produced by Mark Shorett, Arup for SPUR
  • 8. Employmentwithin ½ mileof regionaltransitnetwork or ¼mile of Mostfrequent jobs arelocal transit not transit accessible.44% of regionaltotal Maps produced by Mark Shorett, Arup for SPUR
  • 9. All Bay AreaEmployment On average, TOD jobs are 45 per acre and non TOD jobs are less than 20 per acre. Maps produced by Mark Shorett, Arup for SPUR
  • 10. But theblessing of theBay Areageography –Although only28% of officespace is neartransit, mostoffice space isat most a fewmiles from arail station
  • 11. Working and living near transit is the key to increasetransit ridership…but working near transit is more important Proximity to Rail and Ferry Transit Transit commute mode shareResidence and Workplace within ½ mile 42%Workplace Alone within ½ mile 28%Residence Alone within ½ mile 16%Residence and Workplace beyond ½ mile 4%Source: San Francisco Bay Area MTC 2006
  • 12. The percent who drive to work varies widely by jobcenter – but some places not on transit have low driving
  • 13. Google: 42% of employees use alternative modes(mostly shuttles). 90% from SF take the shuttle Google’s bigger commute challenge is getting those who live just a few miles from campus to carpool or take the shuttle.
  • 14. DiscussionandquestionsABAG 1966 Regional Plan