Hi Katie--I would love feedback on how to make my idea be a feasible entry. There is much more to what I posted that I have in mind that can be implemented but did not have room left to elaborate. It is easy to forget that to implement an idea in an urban environment the primary focus to be given is to the framework in place through which the idea will navigate and make it feasible--namely the bureaucracy of government. If we cannot tackle this with that in mind form the offset, this challenge will surely become null and just a memory of great effort that led nowhere. This is why it is so key to have an Ombuds(wo)man that understands that and is keenly aware of how to navigate the governmental hurdles, the marketing hurdles(for help from the business and art community is key as well,) and the funding obstacles with legislation as we move to a 5 and 10 year plan. An intrinsic consciousness change must occur and this must be clearly and effectively communicated from the start in order for taxes and fees to be approved, legislation to be passed, building requirements to be enacted, etc. Human beings are driven for instant gratification and the relief in an urban commute must be felt eased in a radical way from the start in order to have the majority of the population buy in. If we do not buy in as a community as a whole, all this will become a pretty memory looked in that rear view mirror as we keep struggling in that mounting daily commute.
I have always made sure that I live within walking distance to my work and public transportation so my commute foibles are always negligible. However, traffic across the MacArthur Causeway mirroring work in times of 9 to 5 is always a problem. I did not have enough space to write in a few other suggestions for the city of tomorrow challenge--so I will elaborate on a main one here: that city/government offices operate on a varying in/out times in differences of at least 2 hours on varying days as well. For example: MWF in times of 7am for half of staff and 10am on TuThu, with some staff that are not seeing residents to choose 4 10hr work days and/or alternate in times of 11-7/6-2/7-3/10-6 on any day. (Not to exceed cleaning/safety crews out times to save on electric/energy consumption in large buildings.)
The other idea was having electric vans around in/out times for big/nearby government buildings offer shuttle service every 5-10 minutes from/to major transit hubs as outlined in original proposal. Another was enacting legislation that would enforce any large building being built intrinsically to have a viable and user friendly public/private mass transport scheme connecting to existing transit hubs in place and to include electric charging stations, bike storage, and fleet parking.
This brings to mind the new mall that just got approved to be built--I would have demanded that it include apartment buildings subsidized by the owners with set rent rates for future workers in the mall; that it include electric van fleets to shuttle workers/consumers to/from major transit hubs; that it have plenty of electric vehicle gratis charging stations, fleet parking, bike storage; and as massive as it is, I would have demanded an elevated rail line of some sort to/from it.