Metro Atlanta is one of the country’s fastest growing metropolitan regions with thousands of people moving here from across the country. Between 2016 and 2017, metro Atlanta gained 90,000 new residents, the third highest population increase of a metro area in the country.
While many people are relocating to the area for new job opportunities, other draws include the improved quality of life, favorable cost of living, nice weather and plenty of entertainment and activities.
With over 90,000 additional people making the area their home, increasing metro Atlanta’s population to nearly 5.8 million, how can the region’s infrastructure be improved to accommodate so many people?
Our partner, Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) is advancing our infrastructure with the Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP). These projects are designed to reduce congestion along key freight and passenger corridors, decrease travel times, improve the movement of freight, provide operational improvements and efficiencies and enhance safety. The 11 mobility projects include four new express lanes systems, three interstate widening projects, three interchange projects and commercial vehicle lanes. For the next ten years, we may see increased construction along Georgia roadways, but Georgia DOT is working for you to improve metro Atlanta and the state’s infrastructure by providing increased travel options, enhanced transit operations and reliable trip times.
The Atlanta Regional Commission also recently approved more than 100 transportation projects aimed at improving roads and highways, enhancing local transit service and expand the regions multi-use trail network. Construction of these projects will begin over the next five years.
With increased construction and more people on the roads, Georgia Commute Options can connect you with a new commute option that can help you avoid that stressful drive alone to and from work. When you try a clean commute option such as riding transit, carpooling, vanpooling, and/or teleworking you not only avoid traffic, you can earn cash and prizes.
For more information on commute options and our incentive programs, visit http://gacommuteoptions.com.
Everyone has a morning routine. You hit the alarm, brush your teeth, make some toast and you’re out the door.
And then you sit.
You sit in a long line of cars getting to their next stop, thinking about the day ahead and that long, long, long to-do list. The person next to you just spilled coffee on their shirt and the guy in front of you just realized he forgot his anniversary. But what about you?
Georgia Commute Options wants to remind you that even though we all have our morning routines, they can be better. And when you use a commute alternative, you’re already halfway there. Check out our latest video showing the benefits of exploring different commute options, and how trying something different may just help you start your day off with a brand-new attitude.
If you’re ready to experience a more rewarding commute, check out the options that make for a literally more rewarding commute.
Drive Change with Georgia Commute Options.
It seems as if every health study tells us we aren’t exercising enough during the day. While the latest FitBit, Apple Watch and iPhone apps have us constantly monitoring our steps, it sometimes feels like a 24-hour day isn’t enough time to capture the 10,000 recommended steps per day.
Driving alone won’t help you add steps to your day, but trying a different commute option can.
1) Walk to a transit station for your AM and PM commute – A half-mile walk to a transit station is 1,000 steps. Do this twice a day and you’ve accomplished 1/5 of your recommended number of steps.
2) Take a 15-minute walk during lunch – Instead of hopping in your car to grab lunch, walk there. A 15-minute walk can be almost a mile, equaling 2,000 steps.
3) Use the stairs instead of the elevator – The average flight of stairs has 12 steps, so take three flights of stairs up and down and you can add more steps, while burning more calories.
4) Conduct meetings in different parts of the building – Rather than booking the conference room closest to your desk, schedule it on a different floor, outside or on the opposite side of the building.
5) Park your carpool further way. Driving a carpool? Park further away from your organization’s door.
What’s your favorite way to add in steps during your day? Let us know by tagging us on Twitter. If you’re currently using a clean commute, make sure to log your commute to take advantage of our incentive programs.