The UrbanFuture ofWork:How denser, moreurban workplaces willstrengthen the BayArea’s economiccompetitiveness.Egon TerplanRegional Planning Director, SPUROakXJuly 25, 2012
Job growth has significantly slowed for the Bay Areasince 1980
The fastest-growing portion of the regional economy isthe highly specialized knowledge services sectorKnowledge services = professional services, software, IT, finance, information.
While we can work anywhere, the office isn’t going away…it is now the place for collaborative work
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
Employmentwithin ½ mileof freewayramps75% of total Most jobs locate near freeways Maps produced by Mark Shorett, Arup for SPUR
Employmentwithin ½ mileof regionaltransitstations Less than a23% of regional quarter oftotal jobs are near rail Maps produced by Mark Shorett, Arup for SPUR
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
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
But theblessing of theBay Areageography –Although only28% of officespace is neartransit, mostoffice space isat most a fewmiles from arail station
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
The percent who drive to work varies widely by jobcenter – but some places not on transit have low driving
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.