Concerned Commuters Get a Reprieve Thanks to Spring Break
The morning rush hour traffic in Atlanta wasn't as heavy as many had feared. Part of the reason for this is that this is spring break week for students in the Atlanta public schools. Traffic volume is likely to pick up when spring break is over, so commuters are advised to seek out public transit options or plan alternate routes. Many commuters have switched to public transportation, and trains and buses are more crowded than usual. The state hopes to encourage transit agencies to increase bus and train service by seeking funds to assist those agencies in doing so.
Plan Ahead for a Successful Commute
As road crews work around the clock to work on repairing the collapsed bridge, commuters throughout the Atlanta area are rethinking their commuting options. Some people are asking their employers to work with them to create a flexible work schedule that enables them to work from home at least part of the time, reducing the number of trips that they take to the office each week. Others have started taking the train or bus to work. People who work together or at workplaces that are close to each other have made arrangements to carpool. Moreover, commuters who plan to continue driving are choosing alternate routes on less crowded roads.
The portion of I-85 where the bridge collapse occurred connects the city to some of its biggest suburbs. As large as the Atlanta metro area is, transportation officials say that there are relatively few alternative routes for commuters to take instead of traveling on I-85. However, the bridge will not get repaired for at least a couple of months. Commuters must do what they can to find a different way to get to work, whether it means carpooling, telecommuting, using public transportation, or finding a different route to get to work even if it is longer and takes more time.
Updated Routes Confirmed By Local Officials
According to the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, officials reopened the left lane of the Buford-Spring Connector leaving I-85 southbound Thursday morning. The Buford-Spring Connector was affected by last Thursday’s I-85 fire. Click here to view a map of current detours and alternative routes.
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