According to the U.S. Census Bureau, San Francisco county has among the country’s highest number of workers who commute in from across county lines, with an average commute of 29.6 minutes (the largest segment–almost 20%–take up to 34 minutes). While the longer commute time might be explained by the greater percentage of workers who use more time-intensive but eco-friendlier methods to commute, such as public transport and, to a lesser extent, biking, the reliance on public transport by 400,000 daily riders underscores the importance of the looming Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) strike and its potential impact to the local economy.
What if we had an effective alternative to reduce the stress we place on our public transport system, and relieve traffic congestion? As the makers of Beam, we believe that remote presence is that answer: a greener, faster, more effective way to commute. At most, Beam can replace the need to commute entirely, especially for knowledge-based workers. At the very least, remote presence can reduce the number of times one needs to commute per week for non-knowledge-based workers from retailers to manufacturers and those in hospitality, further reducing our collective carbon footprint and mitigating the negative effects of something like a transit strike.
And that’s just in our back yard. Imagine the impact of Beaming on commutes across the country!
Images: U.S. Census