Telecenters Project


Prof. Patricia L. Mokhtarian, Director
Carol Buckinger, Manager

Neighborhood Telecenters Program
Institute of Transportation Studies
University of California, Davis

Telecommuting moves information rather than people by using telecommunications technology to partially or completely replace the commute to and from work.

As a work strategy, telecommuting can:

  • Increase productivity
  • Reduce stress on the employee
  • Decrease corporate costs
  • Ease both congestion and air pollution

A key difference between a telecenter and a conventional office is the location.

  • Instead of commuting long distances to work, a telecenter user can walk or bike to work in a neighborhood telecenter near his or her home.
  • Workers can experience an easy, stress-free commute one or more days a week, improving their quality of life while reducing traffic congestion and helping to improve air quality.


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