Can telecommuting solve traffic?

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Metro has long recognized telecommuting (popularly known as “working from home”) as a critical means of reducing traffic. Companies adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic have been documenting how telecommuting allows them to maintain productivity and enhance personal safety for all those who can conduct their jobs remotely, significantly helping to slow the spread and flatten the curve.

The Metro Recovery Task Force has identified expanding telecommuting as an early action item and recommends engaging major employers to capitalize on telecommuting in more strategic ways as we navigate through and emerge from the pandemic. Telecommuting and staggered work hours will protect employees now, while also solving congestion on our roads in the future. In order to lead by example, Metro is working on updating its own telecommuting policy and implementing other work flexibility plans moving forward.

Metro’s Transportation Demand Management/Shared Mobility group works closely with employers regulated by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), providing guidance on mobility options and encouraging them to create telecommuting polices to reduce the number of employees that drive alone. To learn more about telecommuting resources and upcoming webinars, visit

In order to better understand and advise how telecommuting might be further leveraged as a tool to manage traffic, Metro is working with researchers at the Center for Advanced Hindsight (CAH) at Duke University in conjunction with the Harvard Business School to conduct a study of behavior and attitudes around telecommuting. We’re looking for people to take a survey about their experience working remotely and/or managing remote workers prior to and during the ongoing pandemic.

Completing the survey takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes and you will have the option to enter a drawing for a $200 VISA gift card upon completion. Responses are completely confidential. If you have questions about this survey please contact

Click HERE to take the survey and enter the $200 VISA gift card drawing.

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  1. Telecomputing is great for most people. Unfortunately for frontline workers and other who are essential workers must leave their homes everyday and go to work. This is a big health risk in this ongoing pandemic. It is a high stress condition and is impactful.