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Faced With Infamously Bad Traffic, More Atlanta Residents Choose to Telecommute

More people are telecommuting in Atlanta, keeping cars of the road, but the percentages of people driving alone to work, taking transit, and walking or biking to work are holding steady.
June 6, 2019, 5am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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The Atlanta Regional Commission recently published an analysis of commuting patterns in the region, analyzing a decade's worth of Census data and finding very little change in driving alone to work and public transit commutes.

"About three out of four metro Atlanta residents drove alone to work in 2017, unchanged from 2008," according to David Wickert. And "[a]bout 3.5 percent of workers took public transportation to their job – about the same as a decade earlier."

One area experiencing a notable increase was telecommuting. "In 2008, about 5.7 percent of residents worked from home. By 2017, that had jumped to 7.3 percent – or an estimated 208,000 people," according to Wickert.

Paul Donzky also provides detailed coverage of the new study, in an article written for the Atlanta Regional Commission's "What's Next ATL" website.

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Published on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 in Atlanta Journal Constitution
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