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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

Winter weather can freeze Atlanta businesses’ productivity. And since winter isn't over yet, there's the possibility winter weather will strike again.

Instead of wasting another business day, Georgia Commute Options has tips to help metro Atlantans telework. Here are a few reasons why businesses should encourage teleworking for winter weather days:

  • Safety: By keeping drivers off icy roads, you are not only keeping your employees safe but all drivers.
  • Productivity: Telecommuting drives up employee efficiency. Forbes reports that two-thirds of managers see an increase in overall productivity from their remote employees.
  • Health & Wellness: Allowing employees to work from home makes them healthier. In a 2014 study, 80% of remote workers reported higher morale and 82% reported lower stress levels. Working remotely also removes cars from the road, improving air quality for our lungs and the environment.
  • Cost-savings: Studies show that unscheduled absences cost employers $1,800 per employee per year. That adds up to $300 billion per year for U.S. companies. The American Management Association found that organizations that implement a telework program saw a 63% reduction in unscheduled absences.
  • Test for the future:  Allowing employees to work from home during weather advisories lets employers test drive teleworking. If employers see positive results, GCO has worksite advisors who can help employers create a permanent teleworking program.

And, here are some tips for employees who may be new to teleworking:

  • Set up your environment: Find a quiet space where you can focus. Experts say your workspace should NOT be at your kitchen table or in your bedroom. Ideally you have a comfortable desk and chair set up.
  • Establish office hours: Create a schedule that delineates when you are “at work” and when you are off the clock. Establishing office hours helps separate your work life from your home life.
  • Be reachable: Check in with your manager and co-workers at least once a day. Not only does it let them know you are available, it fosters healthy working relationship with your team.
  • Move around: FEMA suggests standing for your calls and taking necessary breaks helps you stay focused and productive while working remotely.

Learn about all the benefits of teleworking before the next winter storm strikes.

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