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Frustrated Commuters Relieve Stress In D.C.

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By Jonathan Wilson

In downtown D.C. today, commuters got a chance to relieve stress and release anger over the region's notoriously bad traffic. The people behind the event say there's a more lasting solution to local commuter woes.

Frustrated commuters lined up in front of a car-shaped piñata outside the Reagan building, and most didn't hesitate to take their hardest swing.

Dozens of people took swings during their lunch breaks in downtown D.C. at an event called The Great Commuter Stress-Out.

Sarah Conway, a contractor working for the Department of Labor, took a few swats. She says her commute is usually the worst part of her day. "It's awful," says Conway. "I-95 North is the pits."

The event was put on by the Telework Exchange, a group that encourages people to let employees work from home. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) took a few swings himself.
Connolly is co-sponsoring the Telework Improvement Act, a bill still making its way through Congress. He says it will help 20 percent of government workers in the D.C. area work from home by 2015.

"Twenty percent of the eligible workforce is eminently doable, and would make a big difference in the national capital region in terms of air pollution and congestion," says Connolly.

Telework proponents say if a fifth of government workers in the area teleworked, five to six percent fewer vehicles would be on local roads.

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