Texas Department of Transportation

TxDOT recognizes that building roads is not the only way to address traffic congestion. And we know that TxDOT cannot solve the problem alone—it's going to take teamwork and participation from everyone.

With that in mind, tell us how you, your business or your community are contributing to congestion relief. These stories will be reviewed and shared as a regular reporting feature of this website.

Commute Alternatives

Improving roads—and building new ones—is one important way to clear lanes in Texas. But it’s not the only way! Individuals, communities and businesses across the state are figuring out how to make their—and your—commute easier and quicker through alternative solutions such as incentive programs, flexible work hours or telecommuting, health and fitness programs, and more.

Incentives – Workplaces can provide transit passes, van- and car-pool subsidies or even cash in place of free parking to encourage their employees to take public transportation to work. Many employers also offer transit savings accounts that allow employees to buy public transportation passes tax-free. Some cities, counties and municipalities offer tax breaks and incentives to encourage businesses to offer these benefits to employees, and of course having a happier and less stressed-out workforce with extra money in their pockets is an incentive in itself.

Flexible Work Hours and Telecommuting – When everybody begins work at 8 a.m., everybody is on the roads at 7:45—and earlier! But when employers offer telecommuting or flexible work schedules, it means fewer cars on the roads or fewer cars at peak rush hours. Many employers are finding that flexible work schedules can even provide better coverage for their customers.

Health and Fitness Programs – Health and fitness programs aren’t just good for employees’ health—they’re good for their commute, too! For employees who can do it, walking or bicycling to work saves money—and burns calories.

Employer/Employee Solutions:

  • Telecommuting (work from home or remotely)
  • Alternate work Schedules / Flex schedules
  • Parking management
  • Carpooling / ride share
  • Bicycling
  • Vanpooling
  • Walking
  • Park and ride
  • Mass transit (airline, buses and trains)
  • Tax incentives
  • Paid transit fare
  • Health/fitness programs