GETTING TO WORK LIKE A ROCKET!
Mayor Bill White announced Monday with Johnson Space Center (JSC) Director Mike Coats unveiling a 23% reduction in commute times along NASA Parkway since implementation of a flexible work plan for employees. “This further validates that flexible working hours pay off, saving commuters both time and money,” said Mayor White. “Other companies will see how this worked for the Space Center, and hopefully follow their lead.” JSC’s Maxiflex allows JSC’s 3,300+ employees to work with their managers in designing work options that maintain or increase productivity while providing options such as compressed work schedules. The Maxiflex option is aligned with the goals of the Flexible Workplace Initiative.
“We take pride in offering our employees such flexibility,” said Mike Coats, Johnson Space Center Director. “It’s a win-win when we also make a positive impact on the surrounding communities.”
This change in work schedule decreased the number of cars on the road and shifted those traveling during peak drive times to off-peak drive times. The preliminary indicators from a study of the program before and after its implementation suggest significant improvement along NASA Parkway (from I-45 to SH-146) for an average reduction of 5.2 minutes or 23%. The average travel time was cut from 22.7 minutes to 17.5 minutes after the program began. (Data was gathered using tube counts and measured travel times.) The study follows a similar pilot program initiated and measured for several hundred Duke Energy employees in the Galleria/Westheimer area earlier this summer. That program was found to have cut a cumulative 6,480 minutes off of peak-hour drive times.