Thursday, May 17, 2007

Ditching the Commute

The Washington/Baltimore area has for years been ranked among the worst commutes in the nation with increasingly congested highways, drivers traveling farther to their jobs each day, and a steady increase in road rage incidents. Additionally, commuting is increasingly expensive in light of rising oil prices and Mayor O'Malley's threat to gas taxes by 15%.

If you are ready to once and for all ditch a horrendous commute, consider a flexible work schedule:
  • Telecommuting: working at a home office or a telework center closer to home, you can eliminate or shorten your commute. Telework centers are sprinkled over the Washington and Baltimore area and provide teleworkers with access to the office space, equipment, and technical support they need to keep working throughout the day. Click here for a list of local centers.
  • Flexible hours: by working non-traditional hours, you can avoid the highways during peak traffic times, 6:00 - 8:00 am and 4:30 - 6:30 pm.
Commuter Connections additionally suggests walking or riding your bike to work, carpooling, or taking public transportation. The results of staying out of rush hour traffic will reduce your frustration level and save you money. Additionally, fewer drivers on the road during rush hour will result in lessened carbon emissions and reduced highway costs.

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