Supply Chains, Congestion, Economic Development and Ridesharing

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Supply Chains, Congestion, Economic Development and Ridesharing

UPS Van - Downtown Market Summer 2011Private sector businesses increasingly rely on logistics, supply chain management and just-in-time delivery as key components in their business models and related strategies.  All of these approaches rely on an uncongested transportation network in order to work.  If congestion problems worsen in the future, traffic congestion would translate into economic losses to area business because of the supply chain management effects; and congestion could negatively affect regional economic development.

In a previous blog I asserted that carpooling can have an “unsung hero” benefit in economic development by facilitating spontaneous conversation and discovery of new ideas by carpool partners in the same industry cluster.  Around the same time, CNN published a story about how attendees at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland networked together in the same conference shuttles, which are about the size of an average vanpool.

Now it appears that there are two good economic development oriented reasons to rideshare, even if it is only once a week.  Not only can you get some precious face-to-face networking through carpooling or vanpooling, you can also help reduce congestion helping the supply chain run smoother and the area to grow economically.

You don’t need to commit to ridesharing every day to get started.  You can start with ridesharing once a week, or even once a month.  Go to RIDE Solutions at www.ridesolutions.org to get a carpool match.  The service is free of charge.

While you are at it, if you have other ideas to address traffic congestion, please add them as a comment to this blog.  We can have a running conversation.

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