Metro Telecommuting Increases

February 25, 2011  |  

(AJC) — Metro Atlanta’s commute has a new favored route: the information highway.  For the first time, state data shows teleworking has surpassed all alternatives to solo driving here as a main commute, including carpooling and mass transit. Last year, 7 percent of all metro Atlanta commuters teleworked for the majority of their commutes, a three-quarters increase over 2007, according to state Department of Transportation contractors.  The percentage of commuters who telework as just an occasional option also rose, up by a third since 2007, the last time DOT studied the issue. Make no mistake, Atlanta’s heart still belongs to the car, with 82 percent of commuters driving alone. But that’s down slightly from 2007, when the state’s last survey said 85 percent drove alone.

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