What is Smart Commute Hamilton?
Smart Commute Hamilton is an association led by the City of Hamilton which works with local businesses and community organizations to provide programs and initiatives that encourage the use of active and sustainable transportation. The initiative takes imediate action on climate change and health in the GTHA through transportation efficiency, policy development and infrastructure renewal.
Smart Commute offers a wide array of services to make commuting easier in the GTHA.
* Carpooling and vanpooling: exclusive ridematching programs for employers
* Site assessments and surveys to understand employee commute behaviour
* Shuttle programs
* Emergency Ride programs
* Employee work arrangement solutions: telework, compressed work weeks and flex hours, workshops, lunch and learns and seminars
* Incentives and promotions
* Clean Air Commute and other fun events
In just five years, Carpool Zone users have saved over ten million dollars and prevented 24,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions; the equivalent of about 9 million bricks. Calculate your own savings here.
Smart Commute Hamilton began in 2005 as a local office of the regional Smart Commute program, under the auspices of Metrolinx. Since that time, Smart Commute Hamilton has seen tremendous growth. The Transportation Management Association continues to add new employer members, most recently welcoming the CAA-SCO and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. Smart Commute Hamilton also organizes a variety of events throughout the year to promote alternatives to single occupancy vehicle use. Employees of our partner employers, as well as the general public, continue to benefit from the programs and initiatives of Smart Commute Hamilton.
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Smart Commute by the Numbers
As of December 1, 2010:
30,000 employees and post-secondary students
450 Carpool Zone registrants