Nobody likes traffic. The darting in and out of lanes, the plea of a blinker trying to merge into the masses, the accident scene rubber-necking from commuters who don’t get enough gore from their televisions at home… Traffic can tip an otherwise sane person to the brink of insanity.

If you’ve ever commuted to the city, you know your commute can be long and long-suffering. If you pay attention though, you may realize there aren’t quite as many cars on the interstates these days.

A recent survey of metro Atlanta commuters shows that instead of rushing out the door and into the car, 27 percent of workers pad to their home offices in their slippers and turn on the computer. Since 2007, the percentage of frequent teleworkers has increased by 75 percent.

The growth of teleworking is just part of a movement of employees choosing a commute alternative. Since 2007, the percentage of commuters who carpool, vanpool, take transit, ride a bike, walk or telework three or more days per week has increased by more than 20 percent. More than 400,000 of Atlanta’s commuters choose one of these options over driving to work.

Are you ready to try an alternative commute? Visit The Clean Air Campaign online to learn more about commute alternatives and programs you can enroll in. I started carpooling last month and love to log my commute. It’s great to see the dollars add up, especially when gas prices are creeping higher and higher.

Do you use a commute alternative? If you telework, do you have a designated space to be productive?

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