The murky case for mass telecommuting

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With as much as half of the U.S. workforce currently working from home, the pandemic has made telecommuting the new norm — and it might just be here to stay. Last week, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, a regional authority that finances and coordinates local mobility plans in California's Bay Area, set a goal to require that large office-based employers have at least 60% of their employees work remotely on any given workday by 2050. It's an idea that comes in response to the current climate crisis, and is part of a larger goal to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Yet critics warn of unintended consequences, writes Laura Bliss: Businesses that rely on commuting workers would suffer, for example, and the policy could end up punishing employees who live in crowded homes. It would also further hurt public transit agencies that are already struggling from the economic consequences of Covid-19. Today on CityLab: The Murky Case for Mass Telecommuting

-Linda Poon

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