As traffic congestion in the Washington, D.C., region, including Frederick County, is projected to grow over the next two decades, planners are focusing on a regional transportation plan.

The Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments’ Transportation Planning Board will meet Wednesday to review the latest version of Visualize 2045, a long-range plan for transportation in the region.

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I suspect the regional transportation planning is working under the assumption the majority or workers in the region will still commute to their job on a daily basis, whether the job is a short commute or a long commute. That will be the case where the job involves dealing with customers or clients daily on a face to face basis, but many jobs do not involve face to face meetings, and as such workers do not need to commute when they can work just as well from home, as we recently learned during the pandemic. In fact, the younger generations are very comfortable with the virtual world and may not find spending 25% of their time commuting on a daily basis. Advances in technology are going to make remote working easier and more capable. It could even change the face to face environment to a virtual environment in many applications. So, with the potential for a significant portion of the regional workers working from home, will we find ourselves with relatively empty highways and roads for the most part?

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