Smart Commute launches Carpool Zone Carpooling in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton easier than ever before

Toronto – Toronto Mayor David Miller and the Smart Commute Association announced the launch of Carpool Zone, the first ever Internet carpool service to help commuters in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton find people to share a ride with.

Commuters can register with Carpool Zone today at www.smartcommute.ca by filling out a simple questionnaire about their commute such as time, origin and destination.  Commuters can also add various preferences to help them find the right people to share their commute.  Preferences include specifying second languages spoken, smoking, music, and gender.  The system then searches the database to find the closest possible match by using precision mapping technology.  The system also has built-in privacy measures to ensure that personal information is confidential until both users confirm interest in forming their carpool.

“This program is the culmination of many years of planning and action,” said Toronto Mayor David Miller who, during his tenure as councillor, helped establish the local Smart Commute in North Toronto and Vaughan.  “Carpool Zone also complements the City of Toronto’s other carpool initiatives such as our existing high-occupancy vehicle lanes, carpool parking at TTC Park & Rides, and the Smart Commute pilot program for employees at the North York Civic Centre.”

“We are excited to launch the system with Mayor Miller today,” says Smart Commute Association Deputy Executive Director, Ryan Lanyon. “Carpool Zone is really easy to use, and will help us all to take action on traffic congestion.”

Smart Commute Initiative is one of the eight municipal projects under the Urban Transportation Showcase Program – a five-year program created to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation in Canadian cities.

Transport Canada will contribute up to $2.5 million in funding, up to one third of the costs.

For more information about Carpool Zone and the Smart Commute, please visit www.smartcommute.ca.

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For more information:

Ryan Lanyon
Deputy Executive Director
Smart Commute Association
416-338-5083
Cell: 416-556-3758
ryan@smartcommute.ca
Sarah Twomey
Outreach and Communications Coordinator
Smart Commute Association
416-338-5088   Cell 647-402-2563
sarah@smartcommute.ca
Chris Krepski
Communications
Transport Canada
613-993-0055
krepskc@tc.gc.ca

The Smart Commute Association (www.smartcommute.ca) provides and encourages the use of commuter options in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton. The Association works with a network of local Smart Commutes to provide direct services for employers and their employees. Currently there are Smart Commutes located at North Toronto, Vaughan and Markham, Richmond Hill. Services will soon be available in Mississauga, Durham, Newmarket-Aurora and other areas across the region.

About Smart Commute
Commuter benefits program for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

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