D.C.-area employers are open to the idea of more permanent teleworking. That could help traffic.

Even after Greater Washington claws back some sense of regular life in a post-pandemic world, work from home for D.C.-area employers of all sizes is likely to become much more common. After the Covid-19 crisis ends, roughly 20% of employers expect they will continue to allow their employees to telework at pandemic levels — something that could impact the region’s notoriously congested roadways.

That’s according to a survey by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments released Wednesday during a transportation board meeting.

Twenty percent is a fairly high percentage, said Kanti Srikanth, transportation planning director at MWCOG, during the meeting. The survey was conducted in July, so it’s possible attitudes have changed, but he also noted that about 37% of employers expected to have a telework rate that is higher than before the mid-March shutdowns. That, he said, is much more likely to “stick from a longer term perspective.”

For years, transportation officials have…

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