All Treats, No Tricks When Using Commute Options on Halloween

October 29,2014

Enjoy a Halloween Treat by Using Georgia Commute Options to Avoid Traffic on October 31st

With Halloween approaching this Friday, Georgia Commute Options is encouraging Atlantans to plan ahead for the frightening traffic associated with the holiday. Georgia Commute Options wants Atlantans to consider travel alternatives to and from work, such as transit, carpooling, and teleworking to avoid the congestion. The commute on Halloween normally begins earlier than usual as parents head home to get their kids ready to “trick-or-treat.” This can lead to an influx of commuters on the roads around 3 p.m. which, when coupled with Atlanta’s normal Friday rush, could produce the worst afternoon commute of the year.

“We’re encouraging everyone to consider alternative commute options for traveling home on Halloween or to telework that day,” said Phil Peevy, Air Quality & Technical Resource Branch Chief, Georgia Department of Transportation. “Options such as MARTA, CCT, GCT, GRTA, and other transit systems will not only take cars off the roads but can also alleviate the stress and hassle of commuting on Halloween.

Carpooling can also limit the number of cars on our streets and highways. And working from home on Halloween is a great alternative, for those who can, to just avoid the traffic altogether.” Georgia Commute Options would also like to remind Atlantans to be especially careful to watch out for little ghosts and goblins when driving on Halloween. “There will be more pedestrians on the streets,” Peevy continued. “Please slow down and be particularly careful in subdivisions, at intersections, and when turning.”