Initiative aims to cut down number of cars on Austin roads

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin businesses are being encouraged to reduce the number of employees who drive to work alone by 20 percent.

To meet this goal, CapMetro and the City of Austin are paying for free webinars for businesses to set up the best options for their employees. Some businesses are already trying to find alternative ways for their workers to commute to work besides driving alone.

Companies such as Freescale have been working with their nearly 5,000 person team to help alleviate some of the congestion on Austin’s roads.

“Getting our employees to and from work is an issue,” said John Holmes, vice president of Freescale. “We can’t turn the dial on this topic alone. So that’s why we think it’s important that we partner with the city, the chamber and other major employers in town to try to come up with different alternative methods to decreasing traffic during peak hours.”

This isn’t the only current step being taken. Mobility Week, which starts in October, urges people to bike, walk, or even take the bus to work. As for the 20/20 initiative, city leaders hope to accomplish the 20 percent reduction by 2020.

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