Smart Commute is having an impact! From Hamilton to Durham – Local initiatives are making a global difference.

Toronto, Canada – Across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Hamilton, people are getting to work or school more efficiently, thanks in part to the work of Smart Commute. Launched in 2005, Smart Commute is already having an impact in this region of over six million people.

“We’re proud of the accomplishments made by the network of municipalities, businesses and non-profit organizations that have become partners in Smart Commute’s success”, said Ryan Lanyon, Project Director of the Smart Commute Association. “We hope the impact of Smart Commute will continue to grow and improve the quality of life across the Greater Golden Horseshoe.”

“I congratulate the Association for the success of its Smart Commute Initiative,” said Minister Cannon. “Canada’s New Government continues to support projects that represent real action towards reducing both air pollution and greenhouse gases to protect the health of Canadians and the environment.”

One central coordinating office, the Smart Commute Association, and a network of local Smart Commutes, are making progress one employer – one carpool – indeed sometimes, one person at a time. After only 18 months, early indications demonstrate the success of the project.

Smart Commute across the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Partnerships across the Greater Golden Horseshoe are driving traffic reduction. Here’s a highlight of some activities occurring this winter:

404-7 (Markham & Richmond Hill): Smart Commute 404-7 continues its LunchExpress shuttle service, through to March 23.  Employees around the Beaver Creek Road and Commerce Valley Drive area of Highway 7 can take a free bus Thursday and Friday at lunch to local restaurants and retail locations where they benefit from meal discounts, gas savings, and fewer parking hassles.

Brampton-Caledon: Embracing change, Husky Injection Molding comes on board with CarpoolZone.ca, providing service to its entrepreneurial and dynamic workforce.

Central York, Newmarket – Aurora: The Newmarket Chamber of Commerce in partnership with York Region and the Town of Newmarket launches Smart Commute Central York to area businesses. Watch for details of the program’s official launch soon.

Durham: A feasibility study is just about complete that will guide the development of a local Smart Commute in Durham.

Halton: Halton Region has launched Smart Commute Halton, providing transportation options to the region and its employees. Smart Commute Halton will expand with implementation of the program at other Regional facilities, the four Local Municipalities and employers in Halton Region.

Hamilton: Hamilton is also in the process of developing a local Smart Commute.  Meanwhile, Hamilton Health Sciences continues to provide carpooling services to its employees and is adding preferential parking to its facilities for carpoolers.

Mississauga: Smart Commute Mississauga launches a sign-up blitz for the Carpool Zone, with high-value gas cards and other prizes offered as incentives to encourage members to discover how Smart Commuting pays! For contest details, visit: www.smartcommute.ca/mississauga

Northeast Toronto: Enbridge Gas Distribution is sponsoring 2 vanpools from Barrie and Durham Region. Together these vehicles enable 16 employees to leave their cars at home, save money on gas, and share a sociable ride with their coworkers.

North Toronto, Vaughan: York University, Canada’s 2nd largest university with over 40,000 students will begin using CarpoolZone.ca for matching carpoolers in the spring of 2007. The proportion of commuters choosing to use transit, carpool, cycle, or walk to York’s Keele Campus doubled from only 30% in 1999 to 60% by 2006. The University has saved over $60 million by avoiding the need for 2 new parking structures.

Toronto: All City of Toronto employees can access Smart Commute services as rollout is expanded to the more than 16,000 employees of the City after a successful start with the 800 employees at the North York Civic Centre.

Smart Commute – Choose Your Way. To learn about your options, visit www.smartcommute.ca.

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For more information, please contact:
Hamal Docter
Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Smart Commute
416-338-0499
hamal@smartcommute.ca

About Smart Commute

The Smart Commute Association is a collaboration between the cities and regions of the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton, with financial support from Transport Canada. We’re here to reduce traffic congestion and to take action on climate change through transportation efficiency.

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

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