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New study finds 60% of Austin commuters heading downtown are still driving alone - CBS Austin

Traffic planners now have numbers to back-up what we've all been seeing. A new survey shows too many cars heading downtown with just the driver on board.

60 percent of commuters are driving downtown alone. But that doesn't mean they liked it. Some are already weaning themselves from their cars. “For example they would drive to a park and ride and then take transit and then maybe walk from the transit station or the bus stop to their office,” says Kate Harrington, director of outreach and engagement for Movability, a transportation management association that works with employers to develop alternatives to those drive-alone commutes. Harrington adds, “A lot of downtown employers are motivated to reduce those drive alone commutes because parking is so pricey and people are spending so much time in traffic."

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