As Buckhead grows, so does its traffic. All those extra cars and increased time on the road are as bad for the environment as they are for your stress level. According to Livable Buckhead, Atlanta drivers waste an average of 60 hours a year due to traffic congestion and spend 22 percent of their income on gas and other car-related expenses. Reason enough to consider alternate methods? The good news: There are are plenty to choose from.
If you’re married to being inside a car to and from work, ride sharing with one or a few other people is a great option. Bonus: You can use the HOV lanes to get where you’re going faster. Don’t have anyone to carpool with? Connect with driving partners on the Georgia Commute Options site. mygacommuteoptions.com
No cars, no carbon emissions, no problem! Commuters have access to three stops on the city’s rail system in Buckhead: Buckhead, Lenox and Lindbergh stations. Score a 10-percent discount on monthly MARTA passes through Livable Buckhead. And don’t worry about getting from the Buckhead and Lenox stations to your office on foot since The Buc, a free community shuttle service, connects the dots starting at 6:30 a.m. weekdays. itsmarta.com, bucride.com
It seems a new bicycle lane pops up every day, paving the way not only for a super-green commute, but creating a great way to get your exercise during your daily jaunt to work. More good news for bikers: This month, half of the 5.2-mile PATH400 will be completed. The trail is a paved, 10- to 14-foot-wide multi-use path that runs alongside Ga.-400 through the heart of Buckhead and is suitable for cyclists as well as rollerbladers, skaters and pedestrians. Currently, segments that run from Lenox Road northward to Old Ivy Road and Adina Drive to Piedmont Road on Garson Drive are open. PATH400 will eventually join the Atlanta Beltline and trails in Sandy Springs. livablebuckhead.com