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Planning your perfect vacation this summer? You don’t need to go far—sometimes the best vacations can be found in your own backyard. Try a staycation this summer, and experience everything metro Atlanta offers. Check out our favorite fun activities and the best commute option to get you there:
- Stone Mountain Park- One of Georgia’s most popular attractions, Stone Mountain has a variety of family-friendly activities including hiking, interactive shows and mini golf. Carpool with friends and family or take MARTA there. MARTA even plans your trip to Stone Mountain for you.
- Atlanta Beltline- This 33-mile network of multi-use trails is a great place to walk, jog and bike. You can take a bus tour, walking tour, or bike tour!
- Piedmont Park- Metro Atlanta’s biggest city park, Piedmont Park has many summer attractions including bike paths, trails, playgrounds, a honey bee exhibit and an aquatic center. The park is a short walk from the Midtown MARTA station and Arts Center MARTA station. You can also rent Relay Bikes next to both stations.
- High Museum of Art- With more than 11,000 pieces of art, the High Museum is metro Atlanta’s premier art museum. Admission is free for Fulton County residents on the first Saturday of each month. The museum is across the street from the Arts Center MARTA station.
- Center for Puppetry Arts- Visit the museum, watch a show or participate in the Create-A-Puppet Workshop. It’s only a short walk from the Arts Center MARTA station.
For more information on commute options, visit http://gacommuteoptions.com/.
From long drives to work to congested on-site parking, morning and afternoon commutes can be challenging for metro Atlantans. As the region continues to grow and bring more job seekers to the area, the business community must consider other commuting options to alleviate stress, boost work productivity and improve air quality.
To jumpstart this thinking, Georgia Commute Options has launched the inaugural Clear the Deck Challenge, a regional initiative to reduce parking consumption through the promotion of alternatives to driving alone. During the week of May 14th – 18th, participating property managers and employers will challenge their employees to use cleaner commute options such as teleworking, biking, walking or taking transit for at least one day during the week.
During the initiative, property managers and/or employers will monitor parking consumption through their decks and lots to showcase decreases. At the end of the week, Georgia Commute Options will release data to showcase how metro Atlantans rose to the challenge of trying different commuting options and subsequently reduced the need to park at their worksites.
This year's participating employers include:
- Bank of America/Kennesaw Operations Center
- Bank of America/Southside Center
- CDC Chamblee Campus
- Colony Square
- GA Environmental Protection Division/Tradeport Building
- Emory University
- Sanctuary Park
- US Forest Service Region 8
Employees who participate in the Clear the Deck challenge and opt for a different way of commuting to and from work may also be eligible for incentive programs offered by Georgia Commute Options.
March Madness is underway. And with 64 basketball teams competing for the NCAA Championship, sports fans will be traveling across the country to cheer for their favorite teams. Charlotte and Nashville are slated to host games for rounds one and two and then the south regional final games will take place. As fans travel through Atlanta to get to these cities, there’s a big chance that traffic congestion will increase as a result.
If you’re heading to either south regional final game, consider taking MARTA to one of the stations near Phillips Arena. But if you’re commuting to work around metro Atlanta, especially on the days of the south regional final games (March 22ndand March 24th), multiple transit options around the city can still help you avoid traffic during your commute. Taking transit is a great way to save money for last-minute game tickets.
For those who want to avoid traffic completely on game-day but still get work accomplished, consider a flexible working arrangement through Georgia Commute Options FlexWork program:
- Compressed work week or Flex time - If you can’t change how you get to work, try changing when you get to work. Adjusting the time you come in and leave the office can dramatically improve your commute. By driving during off-peak times, you can avoid sitting in traffic and get to work a lot faster.
- Telework - Want to skip traffic entirely? Ask your employer about a telework arrangement, even its temporary. Telework is most effective as a part of a permanent program, but situational telework can help employers manage disruptions to improve business continuity. Employers who dip their toes in the telework waters might find that their employees are happier and more productive. Per the 2017 Flex Jobs and Global Workplace Analytics study, 77% of those who reported working remotely at least a few times per month had greater productivity while working offsite.
Avoid the madness. Try a new commute option instead. To find an option that works for you, visit http://bit.ly/2pIvOO9.