Is telecommuting the most effective solution for reducing highway congestion?

  • Increasing the number of workers that Telecommute can significantly reduce traffic congestion during the rush hours.

    For each previously driving worker that telecommutes, there will be one less car during the rush hour on the highway and one less person being stressed. We should promote Telecommute and distributed work forces as we evolve with technology. When there was no car, people traveled on other slower vehicles to get to work. But if there is a newer vehicle that allows people to reach work faster and more efficiently, then they should start to use that vehicle instead of the old vehicle. Now the new vehicle of transport could seem odd, but it is composed of the Internet and the associated technologies such as e-Mail, Virtual Private Networks, Remote Desktop, Video Conferencing, and the World Wide Web. This new vehicle allows people to reach work instantaneously with high efficiency. The technology of the old world supports some industries while wrecking havoc on the over all health of the life forms including humans on earth.

    The changes might not be readily accepted by the mindset of the past. Changing vehicles from horse carriages to cars did not happen overnight. Just like some people would rather call instead of writing a Text message, there would be some that would still prefer driving to work.

    As people become more accustomed to working remotely they will understand the benefits that include:
    -Reduce traffic and the costs associated with traffic congestion
    -Less time spent doing nothing
    -Less stress on workers promoting healthier, happier and more efficient workforce
    -Helping the Earth heal from the massive amount of chemicals released from vehicles
    -Bring more work-life balance into the workforce
    -Work and other aspects of life becoming more integrated instead of being mutually exclusive
    -Families becoming more cohesive as workers can share more time and experiences with their partners and children instead of being away most of the time
    -Needing less office spaces and concrete thus reducing the human footprint on the environment

    In summary, Telecommuting will become more integrated within society as people evolve while they benefit from it in many areas including the reduction of highway congestion.

  • Increasing the number of people who telecommute would not completely eliminate problems, but it would be an effective part of reducing congestion

    In some larger cities, the city core simply has no room for more roads, and the cost involved in building more roads and highways is staggering. Of all the cars that are stuck in gridlock traffic during rush hour, many are people going to or coming from work. Not only are they wasting time when sitting in snail-pace traffic, but they're also needlessly consuming gas, and polluting the environment.
    Now, of course, not EVERYONE can telecommute. But there are many people who have jobs in offices in which almost all their work is performed in front of a computer and phone.
    Consider the benefits:
    -savings to employers (overhead, etc)
    -reduction in gridlock
    -reduction in consumption of fuel
    -reduction in pollution
    -more time doing anything other than sitting in gridlock traffic
    -increased employee satisfaction
    -improved productivity
    -more time

  • Telecommuting is effective in reducing traffic congestion because the Internet is everywhere.

    Many office workers spend up to an hour in their car every morning and afternoon, only to spend their day at a desk or in a cubicle doing instant messaging, video conferencing and emails. A lot of this can be done from the comfort of their homes. I have an aunt that telecommutes one day a week from her kitchen, and she says that is her most productive day because she sets her own schedule and is never interrupted.

    Posted by: FlakyHerb64
  • Yes, because most people have to drive to get to work, as it is.

    With telecommuting, you no longer have to drive to work. You save the cost of driving to work and alleviate the traffic situation on the road. These days, with high speed Internet and the multitude of software that allows you to work from home and communicate effectively, as if you were there, there may be no need to actually be there at work to work.

    Posted by: TickoNest
  • Though it may cause other problems which will then need a solution, telecommuting is a viable option for many careers.

    Many jobs nowadays require computer work. I often ask myself why much of this work cannot be performed at home. It would not only reduce congestion, but reduce stress on the power grid and other problems.
    If more work were done on a performance-basis rather than hourly wage, not only would more work get done, but there would be less congestion, accidents and company overhead.

    Posted by: laceydoesit
  • Telecommuting not only cuts traffic congestion, but reduces the overhead for companies who participate.

    There are several reasons why telecommuting is a good idea, reducing traffic congestion is just one. Obviously, the more workers who stay home and use their computer instead of traveling to an office five days a week will help reduce traffic. Do the math- for every employee who stays home equals one less driver out on our overcrowded highways.

    Posted by: NettN355
  • Telecommuting is the most effective solution for reducing highway congestion because it has more advantages rather than disadvantages.

    Yes, I agree that the telecommuting is the most effective solution for reducing the highway congestion. Telecommuting provides an individual to work from home and be close to their families. This also will help in the less usage of public and private transports. Further, it will reduce the highway and road accidents and also keep the environment clean making the environment much cleaner. Telecommuting will help in participating in the various social activities.

    Posted by: I0rFashion
  • I agree that telecommuting is the most effective solution for reducing highway congestion because you work at or very near home.

    Telecommuting allows a person to work at or near their home. This option eliminates the need to drive to and from your place of business. For many people a car is only necessary to travel to and from work. Once they begin telecommuting, some workers choose to sell their car and use public transportation to travel to the market or theater. Mass transit reduces the number of vehicles on the road, telecommuting eliminates them.

    Posted by: M4rcGoobIe
  • I agree, as the only traffic on the roads would be essential services.

    Working at home is a benefit to all forms of transportation, reducing wear and tear on roads, delays at lights, and reducing the risk of construction crews by having less traffic.

    Emergency services would have less problems getting to homes and businesses needing help, and with the decrease in the population moving, road accidents would also be reduced, leaving a healthier population free of tragedy.

    As a telecommuter myself, I also find I can travel to destinations during hours with less traffic as opposed to when I have time to go before or after work.

    Posted by: 5hm03Stot
  • I believe that if people work from a remote location (i.e. home) rather than commuting to work in a vehicle, it only makes sense that less vehicles would be on the road.

    There are other ways that highway congestion can be reduced such as car pooling; however, people do not always abide by this. Telecommuting makes it possible for people to work from home which would greatly reduce highway congestion if more people were able to telecommute.

    Posted by: g19dizzle
  • Telecommuting is not the most effective solution to reducing highway congestion, because raising gas prices is a more effective solution.

    Telecommuting is not the most effective solution to reducing highway congestion. Pricing gas so high that most people can't afford to drive is the most effective solution. However, telecommuting is one way to reduce highway congestion, which also reduces pollution and preserves natural resources. Telecommuting also provides the worker with more free time.

    Posted by: JamieM
  • Telecommuting helps, but it isn't all we can do.

    Our highway system is not currently effective. I think telecommuting certainly helps. However, several other methods could help. Car pooling, reducing urban sprawl, and more efficiently designing and renovating our road system would be all certainly help. In my option though, the most effective solution to overcrowded highways is better public transit. If we can increase metros or bus systems, we can not only ease the use of the roads, we will also take great strides towards helping the environment.

    Posted by: KKinney
  • The rise of telecommuting will surely help with congestion, but better urban planning is the most important way to make progress on highway overuse.

    Telecommuting, for most workers employing it, will not completely remove the need for travel to offices and other work sites for the holding of meetings and the conduct of various administrative responsibilities--and even if it completely displaced work-based commuting among its users, travel for shopping, visiting friends and relations, and freight transport and other non-telecommuting-based business travel would keep highways busy until we design cities in ways that reduce suburban sprawl. The latter is the biggest key to reducing highway congestion; it includes everything from denser communities and smaller lots to allowing taller buildings, building less parking spaces, and providing more mass transit options.

    Posted by: M4I4cFeIine
  • Telecommuting is not the total solution for traffic congestion, but its a start.

    While telecommuting may not be the total answer to traffic congestion, it's a good start in the right direction. The option of telecommuting will definitely have a positive impact on traffic, in addition to helping to clean up the atmosphere of toxic pollution, as well as, alleviating stress of employees who have long distance daily commutes.

    Posted by: Quibarce
  • I believe that telecommuting may certainly reduce congestion, but I think the real solution lies in creating more efficient and more accessible public transportation.

    While it would be nice to be able to work without going anywhere, I feel that a lot of fields still require a worker to be present. I am a teacher, and I feel that live interaction with students cannot be replaced. I simply do not think that online instruction creates the same learning experience as live interaction with teachers and classmates. I think that the best solution for traffic congestion lies in improving our systems of public transport to make them safe, efficient, and accessible.

    Posted by: Shim2free
  • It will not, as work is not the only reason for traffic.

    Highway congestion is caused not just by work-related activities but other commercial and recreational activities as well. People may go out shopping, to get a cup of coffee, or just to drive to the park. So it is wrong to say that reducing traffic related to business is the only way to solve the problem of congestion.

    Posted by: grifrat
  • Telecommuting is one way to reduce highway congestion, but carpooling or public transportation are a better idea.

    The majority of workers in America have to travel to work. Highway congestion could be reduced if workers rode to work together. It would result in less vehicles on the highway, reduce congestion, and save each of the workers some money. Public transit also works well as several people are using the same vehicle to get to their destinations while reduce the amount of traffic

    Posted by: TigerDonau
  • It's AN effective solution, but not the MOST effective solution.

    Many things, including telecommuting, can reduce highway congestion, but telecommuting might not reduce the most highway congestion. Telecommuting would, however, reduce the amount of traffic, but also would reduce the car industry (because the more people elecommuting, the less cars needed). Better lights, better cars, and better routes would probably be better solutions than telecommuting (which would however be a good help)

  • Although it would be nice to switch to telecommuting, people will drive, regardless.

    Offering real, honest to goodness telecommuting jobs would be great. Yet, I don't think it would clean up the problem of highway congestion, as people have to travel for various reasons, and will still travel via highways if they have to go into work or not. There may be a slight decrease in traffic during commuter hours, but not enough to make a huge impact, as there are many jobs, such as service industry jobs, that can not be done from home.

    Posted by: PointlessElbert47
  • Telecommuting is one way to reduce highway congestion but that does not mean its the most effective solution.

    Flexible schedules and time shifting have proven to be very effective methods for reducing highway congestion. Another effective solution is improving, investing in and promoting public transportation. Telecommuting is just one other way to reduce traffic congestion but that doesn't mean its the most effective and considering many people have to go into their offices to perform their jobs and telecommuting is not an option, it is not necessarily a great solution. Telecommuting is a bit of a lazy solution because instead of improving ways to get to work and to improve commute times, the answer is eliminating them. It's helpful, but given the plausibility of it for many, it's not the most effective solution to reduce traffic congestion on highways.

    Posted by: RapidGarret59

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