Mayor Steve Adler announced the "Austin Don't Rush" one-day commuter challenge for Wednesday, May 11. In a statement released by City Hall, Mayor Adler said, "Last time I asked you to work from home. This time I’m just saying, Austin don’t rush. Figure out a different work schedule. Take the bus or the train. If you can, ride your bike into work. We did it for the President. We can do it for us. If each of us does a little, we can all do a lot.”
To relieve traffic congestion, the Mayor is asking Austinites to do anything other than drive by themselves—if possible—during morning and afternoon rush hours on May 11. To encourage support this one-day commuter challenge, Capital Metro is offering free service on all of their buses and trains that day.
Flex your schedule: Instead of driving during the rush hour, go to work before or after the 7:00am – 9:00am rush hour, and return home before or after the 4:00pm – 6:00pm rush hour. (Ask your boss for permission, of course, before showing up late or leaving early!)
Telework: Again, get permission from your boss first, but, if you have a job that doesn’t require your presence at the workplace, you might find that you’re even more productive working from home. Make a plan ahead of time so that you take necessary material or equipment home with you the day before.
It’s easy to find out if there’s a Capital Metro transit route that would work for you. Just go to capmetro.org
where you’ll find their easy-to-use Trip Planner. To make transit even more attractive, Capital Metro is waiving all fares for buses and the train for the day.
Share a ride: Maybe you know someone at work who lives close to you. If not, ask around. Maybe you’re neighbors with a colleague and don’t even know it.
Ride a bike: If you’re close enough to work, a bike ride will get you there and save you a trip to the gym later on. If you don’t live close, Capital Metro buses and the train have capacity to carry several bikes. They might get you close enough to make cycling feasible.
Empower your employees: If you’re an employer, let your interested employees telework or use a flexed schedule for the day.