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Carpool or telecommute to help ease Commencement traffic

By Laura Douglas-Brown | Emory Report | May 7, 2015

Employees are encouraged to help ease Commencement traffic by considering carpooling or working alternate or flexible schedules that day.

Commencement is at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 11. Commuters should do their best to avoid Clifton, Houston Mill, North Decatur and Briarcliff roads immediately adjacent to the Emory campus. Roads will be extremely congested from about 6:30 to 9 a.m. as about 15,000 attendees are expected.

Michael Kloss, director of the Office of University Events, asks managers to identify staff members who do not need to be on campus on the morning of May 11 for mission-critical or Commencement-support roles.

"Every car removed from the streets, decks and lots makes a significant difference for the graduates and their families," Kloss notes.

Suggested alternatives are telecommuting, home assignments or flexible schedules. For employees who must come to campus, organized carpooling is urged. Staff members should confer with their managers for the appropriate use of telecommuting and flexible work schedules, and managers are encouraged to support such requests when possible, according to Peter Barnes Jr., vice president for human resources.

The university's shuttle service will be modified to accommodate special Commencement guest shuttles, according to Transportation and Parking Services.

Changes include the following:

  • B Route: No trips at 7:15 a.m., 7:45 a.m., 8:15 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. No service after 6:45 p.m.
  • D Route: 5-9:30 a.m. Peavine – Woodruff Circle only. No service on Fishburne or Dowman. Normal D service resumes at 9:30 a.m.
  • Loop: No service until 2 p.m.
  • 1525-VA Route: No service until 2:10 p.m. from the Starvine Deck.

Normal service to these routes will resume at 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Service on other routes will remain on normal schedules, but may experience delays due to heavy traffic. For more information and for any possible updates to this schedule, see the Commencement routes and schedules webpage.

For the latest updates on Emory's Commencement, including any changes in schedule due to weather, see http://www.emory.edu/commencement.