Dealing with rush-hour traffic: What’s your solution?

With most students back in school, the summertime break from peak rush-hour traffic is over. As the roads fill with school buses and parents driving their kids to school, drivers in metro Atlanta must once again endure the traffic nightmare that comes with living here.

All that time spent in a car as it crawls along in bumper-to-bumper traffic is enough to make many commuters consider other options. Despite metro Atlanta’s reputation as a city in love with its cars, there are other ways to get to work. MARTA provides services to about 142,000 passengers every day and keeps thousands of cars off the roads. Cobb Community Transit, Gwinnett County Transit, car pools and even folks who ride bicycles to work also help alleviate traffic.

Then there are the environmental benefits. The more cars that are off the road, the less smog and pollution we all have to breathe in. Organizations like the Clean Air Campaign provide services, information and resources to help people do their part.

Have you left the traffic rat race and changed the way you commute to work? If so, how? If you haven’t, why not? Would you consider changing your mode of transportation if it saves you money or is more convenient? What do you think would help solve metro Atlanta’s traffic problem?

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Adam

August 24th, 2010
1:35 pm

Before this year I was commuting from Marietta into the Virginia Highlands. The drive made my day terrible. Not only did it add an extra two hours to my work day, frequently it was the most irritating part part of my day and one for which I wasn’t getting paid. After asking myself… why am I doing this? I could only come up with the fact that real estate in Marietta was slightly cheaper.

So I decided to move.

Now I live in a loft I love in Little 5 Points, and I take a bicycle to work. I can get to work on my bike faster, with little or no stress all while getting daily exercise. I can sleep in 1 1/2 hours longer!!! Plus getting home is a snap. I’m no longer giving away two free hours to my job.

I know a lot of more established families might have a hard time moving to alleviate their commuting stress, but I think it can be done. If you’re single and career oriented like me then there’s really no excuse!! Don’t resign yourself to the idea that the things in your life that annoy you are there permanently. Get up off your butt and do something about it.

upthecreek

August 24th, 2010
4:22 pm

must be nice Adam. If only I could sell my house (underwater and no ones buying anyway) and buy a home in buckhead (millions of dollars I dont have) I could ride my bicycle to work too! I could get off of 400 at north springs, and take marta (yea! panhandlers, no food or drinks), then get on a Buc bus or Marta bus but would arrive at work around the same time. The only solution I can think of would be to find a job closer to home but it wouldn’t pay as much as my job in Buckhead. If anyone takes a helicopter to work in Atlanta, can I bum a ride?

joy

August 25th, 2010
3:22 pm

I take Marta. I used to drive. Then I calculated how much money I was spending driving vs. taking Marta. It was a no brainer. The trip takes about the same amount of time but I save about $50/month by taking the train. Plus I can read and relax during my commute and not have to worry about the idiot driving and texting at the same time.

winkasdad29

August 26th, 2010
9:24 am

I drive to a park & ride from home. Then I take Xpress into the city, where I transfer to MARTA rail. Then I transfer to a MARTA bus to my work site. It’s a 29 mile one-way trip that door-to-door takes 90 minutes. I do this 3-4 times per week. No additional miles on my car, no fighting to stay awake, and no driving in traffic everyday.

I will have to re-evaluate my transportation budget starting next month because XPress fares are going up, and the free transfer from MARTA is going away in October. My company subsidizes my MARTA Breeze card, and I pay for it with pre-tax deductions, so I get a tax break. If I have to leave work early for an emergency, I get a free ride to my car 5 times per year.

It’s a pretty good deal.

ziza

August 26th, 2010
1:52 pm

I’ve been riding MARTA to my job on Abernathy Rd for 3.5 years. I am so happy not to be in my car, I will keep this job for as long as I can lol. I have no desire to get back into Atlanta traffic! The occasional nutcases that are on MARTA are well worth the money that I am saving on gas and the years of wear and tear on my perfectly fine ten-year-old-no-car-note car.

Skreet

August 26th, 2010
3:17 pm

I used to work in Alpharetta and commuted from Midtown. After my company closed down in Alpharetta I got a job about two miles from my house. I’m so close to my work that I can go home for lunch! I am so happy to not have to get on the Atlanta Freeways to get to work nowadays. I work with so many people that come in all stressed out because they just spent two hours in heavy traffic coming in from the boonies. The worst part for the commuters is even if we start fixing the transportation problems in Atlanta there will be a good 5 -10 years before we see any real progress…and more people will keep flooding the freeways every day.

GaryAMG

August 27th, 2010
8:16 am

I’m comfortably ensconsed in my office by 6:00am. I know it’s not for everybody, but it works for me. Unfortunately, there isn’t much I can do about the afternoon commute.

MsSmiles

August 27th, 2010
3:06 pm

Rather than sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic with a manual, I will pull into a restaurant for a 2 hr dinner. It helps to pass the time.

Mortimer Collins

September 10th, 2010
10:48 am

We need more highways and more lanes added to the existing highways.