Four decades after Jean Gottmann described the US Northeast Corridor as a Megalopolis, the Magplane Commuting Service can consolidate this vast urban region into an interdependent and integrated urban system, allowing workers to live in one metropolitan region while working in another.
Previous studies show the proposed alignment and the estimated trip times for travel between the five major metropolitan regions of this corridor: Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore-Washington, and Richmond.
Short travel times and affordable, convenient, and reliable service can emulate the service characteristics of commuter rail in the days prior to freeways.
The expansion of the knowledge based labor pool for Boston’s Route 128, for example, to include workers resident in New York City, and Providence, Rhode Island will enhance labor productivity substantially. And Boston’s knowledge intensive industries will become more globally competitive, attracting more investment and knowledge workers into the Northeast corridor. As knowledge labor becomes more specialized, the interdependence of the metropolitan regions in this corridor will grow, ushering in the Interactive Megalopolis.
With the arrival of the “Virtual Workplace,” daily commutes may not become necessary for many of these workers. However the ability to transport a worker 400 km with the utmost reliability, speed, convenience, and economy to meet with clients and coworkers, will influence the ability of companies to recruit and locate workers in adjacent metropolitan regions, or points in between. Magplane can accelerate the development of a “Virtual Workplace” for the American labor force.