Gridlock Guy: Telecommuting, flex hours, carpooling will assistance transit

Last Wednesday a handful of new laws went into outcome in Georgia. Most notably, for commuters, was a $900 million travel bill. Part of a check increasing a state gasoline taxation to a true 26 cents-per-gallon dig taxation (29 cents for diesel), replacing a aged gas taxation structure. The boost should be around 6 cents per gallon for a normal commuter. The increasing income will be used to assistance correct Georgia’s roads and bridges and assistance assuage a state’s and metro Atlanta’s each worsening traffic.

The new law reminded me of my personal resolution to Atlanta’s trade woes. My barbarous “Mark Arum 5-5-5 Plan.” The plan, we think, can make trade improved but lifting taxes and but vital changes to a infrastructure and mass movement system.

The beauty of a devise is in a simplicity. we trust that we can branch and maybe even retreat a stream gridlock on a roads in 3 easy steps. All we need is 5 percent of stream commuters that don’t telecommute to start. We also need 5 percent of commuters that don’t work flex schedules to start. And finally we need 5 percent of commuters who don’t now automobile pool, to start. Five, and five, and five. Fifteen percent of a commuters need to adjust a approach they get to work and we would see a noted alleviation on a roadways.

The pivotal to this operative is to get a 5 percent of a work force to telecommute. As an employee, would we be peaceful to take a 5 percent cut in compensate if your employer authorised we to telecommute?

I acted that doubt on my Facebook page and a response was overwhelmingly positive. A immeasurable infancy of a people that responded would take a cut in compensate if it meant not carrying to expostulate to work.

The doubt afterwards is, would employers be peaceful to offer this trade-off? we would consider that in these tough mercantile times employers would burst during a possibility to condense some employee’s salaries by 5 percent. They would also suffer a some-more prolific work force.

The subsequent step in my devise is to get 5 percent of a stream work force to start flex scheduling. It’s really simple. Instead of operative 9 to five, work 10 to six. Or 8 to four, or 7 to three. A 5 percent rebate of trade by flex scheduling would have a outrageous impact on both a morning and afternoon rush hours.

Lastly, we need a 5 percent strike in carpooling. With a new boost in a gas tax, a assets of carpooling is larger than ever. Also, a folks during The Clean Air Campaign ( offer good financial incentives for people that carpool. Check out their website for additional details.

Five percent telecommuters. Five percent flex schedulers. Five percent carpoolers. The Arum Five-Five-Five Plan. It would work, and some-more importantly, we can do it.