Friday, March 9, 2018, will be one of the most congested days of the year for Austin commuters as students leave for spring break and visitors arrive for the Spring Festival Season/SXSW. Given this historically busy day, the City recognizes March 9, 2018, as ATX Detour Day to encourage employers and employees, especially downtown, to think about alternative commute options for this day and the week after.
Some options may be more feasible depending on conditions and demands of work and home life, so choose what suits your lifestyle best and ask your employer what options are available.
Detour from your routine work time or location:
Telework. Work from an alternative worksite, such as home or a nearby library, to reduce your commute. Doing so even one day a week makes a positive difference to your health, the environment, traffic and productivity.
Flex work hours. If your employment situation allows it, work a non-traditional schedule, such as 7 a.m.-4 p.m. instead of 8 a.m.-5 p.m., so you can avoid the most congested hours.
Compress your work week. Cut your commute by working fewer days with more hours, such as four 10-hour days instead of five eight-hour days.
Take public transit. Ride the bus or train to work. Your mind and hands are freed up to spend time with a book, music or podcasts. Refer to Capital Metro’s schedules and trip planner for more information. You can even buy tickets from the Capital Metro app.
Walk. Find ways to add some legwork to your trip if you can.
Detour from a lonely commute:
Carpool. Ride together with coworkers who live along the way to work. To join a carpool available in the Austin area, sign up for myCommuteSolutions and find a trip match.
Vanpool. For groups of five or more people, vanpools are a great shared transportation option. Capital Metro’s MetroRideShare program offers a month-to-month lease option for vanpool groups. To start or join a vanpool, register with Enterprise or call 512-477-7433 (RIDE).
Bikepool. Join a cycling group to make your commute more social and active. Riding in a group also brings safety and fun in numbers.
Even if you cannot change up your routine commute, support those who can; they’ll be one less vehicle you’re sharing the road with. Share #ATXDetourDay on social media.
To find more resources to improve and log your commutes in Central Texas, join Commute Solutions. Employers interested in providing their employees with mobility options can check out Movability Austin.