The Future of the Typical, Solo Car Commute

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July 24, 2020, 8:00 AM PDT

By Lee Flannery @leecflannery


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A massive pandemic-driven shift toward remote work environments has changed the attitude of U.S. workers. 75% of workers say they would prefer at least one workday from home per week moving forward, according to a study. Moreover, a third of workers reported a preference for daily remote work, reports Kea Wilson. Wilson describes the implications for the roadways: assuming each of a third of workers stopped commuting via car, allowing remote work for the group would remove "48.1 million cars from American roadways every single workday."

"And if employers give the workers what they want, they won’t just improve staff morale. They’ll be a part of ending not one, but three pandemics: the COVID-19 outbreak, the global climate change catastrophe, and the traffic violence crisis that has plagued our planet since the advent of the car," says Wilson.

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