Smart Commute 404-7 wins 2006 TAC Sustainable Transportation Award


Subject Area and Award Eligibility

TAC has established an award to recognize exemplary contributions by a TAC member in the area of sustainable urban transportation. The award is open to all members of TAC and their respective staff including all individual members, private companies, public agencies, academic institutions and related transportation organizations. Members who have made a contribution to the development and enhancement of sustainable urban transportation and who have been particularly innovative in their approach to moving sustainable urban transportation forward would be eligible for the award.

This award was established in memory of TAC staff member John Hartman, who passed away in August 1999. John Hartman, who was the association’s director of transportation forums, played a key role in the formation of the Urban Transportation Council in 1991 and the development of TAC’s 1993 landmark New Vision for Urban Transportation in Canada. He was also passionate about the topic of sustainable transportation.

The award acts to promote sustainable urban transportation and projects or activities which support TAC’s New Vision for Urban Transportation. The new vision identified key strategies to help create cities which will be more efficient, environmentally friendly and desirable to live in. The implementation of the strategies is considered critical in reducing the overall economic, social and environmental costs which have been associated with past urban development and transportation trends.

Key components of the New Vision for Urban Transportation include:

  • more compact, mixed use urban form to reduce the need for travel and enhance travel options.
  • less dependence on single occupant autos through more choice and opportunities for walking, cycling, transit and high occupancy vehicles.
  • new financing methods, based on the user pay principle, with revenues dedicated to transportation system improvements.

Nomination Requirements

A representative of any TAC member may make a nomination by submitting six copies of a written statement as well as an electronic file on CD to TAC by Friday, March 12, 2010.

Submissions should:

  • identify the organization or person being nominated;
  • outline what activity or initiative was undertaken and how it contributes to the development and enhancement of sustainable urban transportation;
  • describe how the project demonstrates innovation in terms of process, technical characteristics and/or financing;
  • illustrate how the approach, outcome and/or findings of the project are transferable to other Canadian communities; and
  • describe performance results to date, wherever possible.

Nominations could involve a program, project or new process that address sustainable urban transportation. Ideally, submissions should detail an initiative carried out or implemented during 2009. Submissions should address all four evaluation criteria discussed in the section below.

Submissions should be no longer than seven (7) pages of text on 8.5″ x 11″ sheets with size 12 font. Supporting photos and diagrams are not to be included in the seven-page limit and should be attached as an appendix. Please return six (6) paper copies of nomination submissions and include one (1) PDF electronic file of the submission on CD. Please send your submission package and completed nomination form to:

Katarina Cvetkovic
Program Manager
Transportation Association of Canada
2323 St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa, Ontario K1G 4J8
Tel: (613) 736-1350 x 227 Fax: (613) 736-1395

Review Procedures and Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be reviewed and judged by a panel selected by the TAC Sustainable Transportation Standing Committee. Eligible projects will be judged according to the four criteria described below. Submissions that clearly demonstrate how a project succeeds under each criterion will receive top marks.


Projects that enhance the sustainability of urban transportation through social, economic, and environmental components will receive top marks. Evaluators will use the Centre for Sustainable Transportation’s ( definition of a sustainable transportation system:

  • Social – Allows the basic access needs of individuals and societies to be met safely and in a manner consistent with human and ecosystem health, and with equity within and between generations.
  • Economic – Is affordable, operates efficiently, offers choice of transport mode, and supports a vibrant economy.
  • Environmental – Limits emissions and waste within the planet’s ability to absorb them, minimizes consumption of non-renewable resources, limits consumption of renewable resources to the sustainable yield level, reuses and recycles its components, and minimizes the use of land and the production of noise.


Innovation in this case is national in scope and should be viewed through a “cross-Canada” lens. Innovation will be considered related to technical, process (e.g. performance monitoring, consultation) and financial components. Projects which are innovative in all three areas will achieve top marks.


Projects that have successfully addressed an issue of broad concern relevant to other cities and organizations in Canada, and can be applied with local modifications to other areas of Canada will get top marks.


This criterion will reward projects for any contributions not included in the other three criteria. Activities meriting added value could include communication and promotional activities and partnerships created or supported by the project.

The award, which is in the form of an etched-glass plaque, is to be given annually based on the recommendation of the selection committee and presented to the recipient at the TAC annual conference.

As a means of promoting sustainable urban transportation, nominees are expected to present their respective projects at the TAC 2010 conference in Halifax, September 26-29. All of the presentations will be included on the TAC 2010 conference CD proceedings and the award recipient and their respective submission will be featured in an upcoming edition of TAC News.

Previous Award Winners

Ville de Québec
Ecolobus Service in Old Québec

City of Welland

City of Welland and Welland Hydro LED Streetlight Conversion Program: Lighting the Way Forward to a Green Community

Regional Municipality of York
Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan Study

Towns of Richmond Hill and Markham

Smart Commute 404-7 Program: Reducing Traffic Congestion is Just Good Business

Regional Municipality of York

York Region Rapid Transit Corporation’s Viva Fast Forward to a Sustainable Future

IBI Group and Region of Durham

Promoting Sustainable Transportation Through Site Design: A Proposed Recommended Practice

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

“You Can Clear the Air” Grade Three Curriculum Supplement

City of Calgary

Transportation Solutions Group

Resort Municipality of Whistler

The Whistler Way! Rideshare Program

Regional Municipality of York
Transportation Master Plan

Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority – TransLink

Strategic Transportation Plan 2000-2005



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