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Deb commented on Staggered Work Hours

Hi Aly.
I walked to work for 9 years but since my recent move, I must now rely on public transit.  The trolleys and buses are so packed that not everyone can get on.  I see this as becoming more of a problem during city growth.
School districts could set up (2) five hour shifts that run year-round with two-week breaks between semesters. For example, shifts could be 7 to 12 and 2 to 7, allowing a two hour window to get students in and out of school during midday. Parents could request the shift preference with the final decision resting on the school board.
Employers could jump on board and offer shifts that correspond with parental obligations. It would make sense for state or national government to offer incentives to employers that contribute to after school programs at or near their work locations. It would be an investment in our nation’s youth and in the quality of life of the employees. 
Of course, this is changing habits and will require strong intentions set by parents and employers.  The alternative is to add more trolley tracks which would be helpful and expensive.  Staggering work hours uses existing resources more productively.
Thanks for asking!
Deb