The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) periodically conducts a Regional Commuter Survey of the employed population in the Atlanta nonattainment area. CTE uses the Regional Commuter Survey as the primary tool to assess general trends in awareness, attitudes, and use of alternative forms of transportation for commuting among residents in the metropolitan Atlanta region. This report presents highlights from the Regional Commuter Survey CTE conducted in August and September of 2010. CTE will also prepare the 2010 Regional Commuter Survey Technical Report that will include more detailed data analysis as well as conclusions and recommendations based on the survey findings.
A few highlights:
- 27% of all survey respondents telework at least occasionally, up 7% from the last survey in 2007. About one-quarter of respondents (22%) who do not currently telework reported that their job responsibilities would be conducive to teleworking and 70% of these respondents said they would like to telework. This pool of potential teleworkers represents 11% of the full-time employed population.
- The majority of respondents (90%) either agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that “air quality is a serious problem in the Atlanta area.” This is an increase from the 2007 survey when 83% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the statement. Nearly all survey respondents (98%) agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that “traffic congestion is a serious problem in the Atlanta area.” This compares to 97% in 2007.
- When respondents were asked to rate the importance of key travel attributes in their commute mode decision, dependability was rated highest, considered extremely important by 78% of respondents. Safety (77%), flexibility (56%), travel time (48%), and cost (45%) were the next highest rated attributes. Use of travel time productively had the lowest average score, considered extremely important by 38% of respondents.
To read the full 2010 Atlanta Regional Commuter Survey, visit GDOT’s Air Quality page.