The shift to remote work has “significant potential” in reducing traffic congestion and carbon emissions, according to a University of Southern California survey.

Most employed respondents expect fewer vehicle trips, with 31 percent expecting to work from home five days a week, the study found. More than half expect to cut vehicle trips at least once a week.

The findings suggest telecommuting could reduce vehicle trips by 55 percent compared with pre-pandemic levels, according to the research.

“The idea that a third of workers might continue to stay home five days a week would take pressure off the freeway system in the Bay Area,” Metropolitan Transportation Commission spokesman John Goodwin told The Mercury News, as long as people continued carpooling and using public transportation at pre-pandemic levels.

The USC survey released on April 19 polled 1,650 Californians.

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