There are a number of suggestions here to avoid or minimize sitting in rush hour traffic. There is also an invitation to you to add your commuting ideas.
Most cities now have ride sharing programs and park and ride lots next to commute freeways. You can call your local transit authority to get more information and find a van pool contact or riding sharing partner in your area.
Urban freeways having also added car pool lanes that give priority to vehicles with two or more riders during rush hour.
Many companies in technology parks offer alternate work schedules, such as flex-time and 4-10 work weeks. With a flexible schedule your manager may say as long as you put in 40 hours a week you can start and leave work whenever you want. If you are an early person, you can get to work at six in the morning and leave at two in the afternoon, avoiding the bulk of heavy traffic. If you are a late person, you can come at 10 in the morning and leave at seven in the evening. These flexible work schedules are usually reserved for high technology or professional personnel as a fringe benefit. The administrative and blue collar workers are still usually restricted to a set work schedule. The administrative workers are usually locked in the a set schedule because they need to communicate with other businesses, banks, and government offices, which almost always have a set nine to five work schedule. The line workers typically must all be there at the same time because there are multiple shifts, which use the same production equipment.
With a 4-10 schedule, you sign a release, which allows you to work four days per week and 10 hours per day and get a three day weekend. For some, having that extra day off is well worth the extra two hours of each work day. One of your three days off will fall on a weekday. You'll find shopping a breeze because the stores are not as busy on weekdays as they are on weekends.
There is typically a main freeway or expressway that most commuters use. If you can find an alternate route or routes, go could avoid a lot of stop and go traffic.
Usually there is a frontage road next to the freeway that you take at least part of the way to work.
Many cities that are thriving with some growth industry have made the needed investments in mass transit. There is almost always a bus system. But within that bus system there are usually exprees bus schedules that run during commute hours. Then, there is light rail, commuter trains, and even express commuter trains. Google maps (maps.google.com) has developed trip routes based on the mass transit that is available. The sophisticated routing system by google will give you up to three routes, computing time of arrival, based on your start time.
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