Austin Don’t Rush Day asks drivers to leave cars at home

Mayor Adler asking drivers to ditch their cars and avoid rush hour (KXAN Photo/Alicia Inns)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two months after the first Austin work from home day, Mayor Steve Adler is once again asking drivers to help reduce traffic congestion.

As a part of Austin Don’t Rush Day, commuters are encouraged to ditch their cars on May 11 and find an alternative way to get to work. The idea is to have drivers carpool, take their bicycle, or public transportation to get to work.

“This time we’re simply asking people to avoid rush hour. Take a train, a bus, or a bike. Talk to your boss about changing your hours to avoid rush hour,” said Mayor Adler.

Mayor Adler asking drivers to ditch their cars and avoid rush hour (KXAN Photo/Alicia Inns)
Mayor Adler asking drivers to ditch their cars and avoid rush hour (KXAN Photo/Alicia Inns)

The Mayor is hoping to recreate the traffic success when President Obama came to Austin during SXSW in March. City leaders were expecting a “carpocalypse” during the President’s visit, instead they found that the roads were clearer than ever before. On MoPac from Windsor Road to Loop 360 travel times dropped 60 percent during peak traffic hours.

“I’m not sure that anything I’ve been involved with as mayor was as popular as that,” Mayor Adler laughed, noting the positive feedback his office received.

Don’t Rush Day is expected to see better results than the last work from home day. Final exams begin at the University of Texas at Austin Wednesday. There is typically an ease in traffic congestion during the summer months when school is out.

In a KXAN Facebook poll, the vast majority — 82 percent — said they used their car to get to work Wednesday. The remainder used the following:

  • Public transit: 6 percent
  • Carpooling: 4 percent
  • Other: 4 percent
  • Ridesharing: 3 percent
  • Walking: 1 percent

Catch a ride:

  • CapMetro: is offering free rides all day.
  • ZipCar: is also offering a discount.
  • B-Cycle: free today with a promo code that will also give you a free month of the bike sharing service
  • Car2Go Austin: Drive to work for 41 centers per minute
  • Moovel: Transit platform
  • SPLT: Catch a carpool ride with this app
  • CARTS: San Marcos public transit, is also offering free rides into Austin

Working from home is not something new for Dell employees. The Chief Responsibility Officer at Dell, Trisa Thompson, joined us in the KXAN studio to discuss the benefits of asking employees to spend a few days a week working from home.

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