It’s cold outside, and the clock is about to strike five. Soon, the lobby at 800 17th Street NW in Washington, DC, will be filled with workers trying to bring equality to that whole “work-life balance” thing.
However, the lobby in this building is more than just a pretty entrance. In fact, for the nearly half of all employees in the building that commute to the suburbs, the lobby will be their first stop to get home faster, thanks to a new transportation technology called TransitScreen.
“Giving our tenants access to live updates on everything from rideshares to the Metro across the street means they can comfortably stay inside and time their trip perfectly. They can also compare the greenest modes that are friendliest to the environment,” said Renee Gibbs, JLL’s Senior General Manager at the building.
TransitScreen, a D.C.-based company, created the technology behind the lobby screens. The screens provide real-time updates for the transportation of their choice, whether that means trains, buses, bikeshare, rideshare services, or ferries.
Through a newly formed partnership with JLL, the company aims to bring its capabilities to lobbies nationwide.
“It’s a great amenity, because it adds a little something extra for the tenants to ease their transition from work to life,” said Gibbs. “Brokers even use it in their pitches when trying to secure new leases.”
The need for up-to-the-minute data on transportation has grown as more commuters rely on public transport in America’s cities. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of Washington, DC workers who took public transportation grew from 33 to 39 percent between 2000 and 2013.
More and more, property managers are looking to bridge the gap between the office and the home. Whether that means amenities such as roof decks, improved food service, fitness centers or bike storage, younger generations have come to expect a workplace more in tune with their lifestyle.
“The beauty of TransitScreen is that it can be customized to suit your hyperlocal needs and be a continuation of the community-fostering efforts that so many commercial building owners and managers pursue,” said Ryan Croft, COO and co-founder of the company.
Added Gibbs, “Part of our goals include being more green – it’s something that we pride ourselves on as a LEED Platinum-certified building. TransitScreen promotes that green lifestyle through its bikeshare and fitness challenges.”