Toronto, Ontario – Smart Commute, a regional commuting program that matches up carpoolers online, received the Sustainable Community Award for Transportation from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) at a ceremony in Quebec City.
The award was presented to the Ontario regions of Halton, Peel, York and Durham, as well as the Ontario cities of Hamilton, Mississauga and Toronto, along with Provincial Crown agency Metrolinx, at the FCM’s Annual General Meeting on the weekend.
“We are extremely pleased that the whole Smart Commute program and participating municipalities were awarded this incredible honour,” said Rob MacIsaac, chair of Metrolinx. “This award recognizes just how much we can do to make our transportation system more sustainable when we work together.”
The Smart Commute Initiative was formed by the cities and regions of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area in 2004, with a one-third matching grant from Transport Canada. By 2008, the program included nine local Smart Commute organizations, and became an official service of Metrolinx.
Smart Commute works with local employers across the region to improve commuter options like carpooling, transit, cycling, walking and telework, and operates a public website, at SmartCommute.ca, where commuters are matched up to form carpools. In three years, the initiative was able to remove the equivalent of 10,000 cars from local roads and highways.