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Reinventing the Commute


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How Employers are Greening the Trip to Work

Delivered at the A.D. Latornell Conservation Symposium, 2009

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Reinventing the Commute

  1. 1. Reinventing the Commute How Employers are Greening the Trip to Work
  2. 2. <ul><li>“ Smart Commute makes smart sense! </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Brampton Board of Trade is pleased to support this initiative which will help make commuting easier, healthier and more enjoyable for many residents.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gary Collins </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CEO, Brampton Board of Trade </li></ul>
  3. 3. Outline <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>Employers: WIFM? </li></ul><ul><li>Get with the Program </li></ul><ul><li>Effective Congestion Relief </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate Leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Greening the Trip to School </li></ul><ul><li>What the Future Holds </li></ul>Ryan Lanyon Team Lead, Smart Commute Metrolinx November 19, 2009
  4. 4. Background <ul><li>Initiative to take action on congestion and climate change through transportation efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Provincial-municipal partnership </li></ul>
  5. 5. Background <ul><li>GTHA - Metrolinx </li></ul><ul><li>2001: BCRTMA / NTV </li></ul><ul><li>2004: 404-7 </li></ul><ul><li>2005: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mississauga </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NE Toronto </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2006: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brampton-Caledon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Halton </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2007: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Central York </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Durham </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2008: Toronto-Central </li></ul><ul><li>2009: Airport? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Background <ul><li>Local Smart Commutes are membership-based </li></ul>
  7. 7. Employers: What’s in it for me? <ul><li>Solve Transportation Challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Parking shortages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Site expansion or relocation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of access or options </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Localized congestion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Employee Benefit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employer support and subsidies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced stress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased retention and productivity </li></ul></ul>Smart Move: Two thirds of employees feel the commute affects their job satisfaction
  8. 8. Employers: What’s in it for me? <ul><li>Corporate Image </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Positive association </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental stewardship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community involvement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Environmental Benefits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce GHG emissions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce CAC emissions </li></ul></ul>Smart Move: Employers contributed 8% of the program costs in 2008-09
  9. 9. Get with the Program <ul><li>Determine needs </li></ul><ul><li>Sell the employer </li></ul><ul><li>Assess the current situation </li></ul><ul><li>Create a plan to improve it </li></ul><ul><li>Implement the plan </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor results </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate the plan </li></ul><ul><li>Reassess needs </li></ul>
  10. 10. Get with the Program <ul><li>Smart Commute Solutions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Active transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bicycle parking </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cycling skills workshops </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Discounted transit passes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Shuttles </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carpooling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ridematching </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Priority parking </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Cobourg Stratford Elmvale Welland Carpool Zone Users Mississauga - Inbound
  12. 12. Get with the Program <ul><li>Smart Commute Solutions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vanpooling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alternative work arrangements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Telework </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Compressed work weeks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emergency Ride Home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bike to Work Day </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Clean Air Commute </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Carpool Week </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Effective Congestion Relief <ul><li>Primary Mode Shift </li></ul>2006 2005 2008 Bike Walk/Jog Car/vanpool Public Transit Drive alone
  14. 14. Effective Congestion Relief <ul><li>Driving less </li></ul><ul><ul><li>100 million km of car travel eliminated </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fewer trips </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1.8 million trips by lone drivers eliminated </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fewer cars </li></ul><ul><ul><li>+15,000 cars removed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7.8 million litres of gas </li></ul></ul>Cars Off the Road
  15. 15. Effective Congestion Relief <ul><li>Climate change </li></ul><ul><ul><li>24,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions reduced </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enough to fill the Rogers Centre about eight times </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Air Quality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>135,000 kg of air pollution avoided </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Equivalent to smoking more than 4 billion cigarettes </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Corporate Leader <ul><li>Hatch Ltd. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Launched - January 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carpool incentive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reserved parking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cycling subsidy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emergency Ride Home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transit discounts - 2010 </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Corporate Leader <ul><li>Hatch Ltd. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart Commute Mississauga Employer of the Year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>36% of staff have changed their commute </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>13% decline in commuters who drive alone </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carpool Zone – 246 users and 35 carpools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminated 7,800 trips and 309,000 km of car travel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminated 38,000 kg of total emissions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced parking demand by 20 spots per day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deferred construction of parking which saved “several hundred thousand dollars” </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Corporate Leader <ul><li>York University </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improved transit service, particularly from suburbs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30% more York University commuters NOT driving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3,000 fewer cars each day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>144% increase in transit service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>68 tonnes of GHG emissions avoided per day; roughly 12,000 tonnes per academic year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$80 million saved by not building two parking garages </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Greening the Trip to School <ul><li>School Travel Planning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Active and Safe Routes to School </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart Commute </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Site improvements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pilot Project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transport Canada ecoMobility funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2009-2011 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30 schools in Hamilton and Peel </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Greening the Trip to School <ul><li>Lessons to be learned </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What works? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who can change their behaviour? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the differences between AM and PM trips? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s the distance at which behaviour changes? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the primary motivations in mode selection? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How does the modal choice of parents affect children? </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Greening the Trip to School I'm interested in considering alternatives to the way that my child currently travels. It is important to me that my child gets to and from school in an environment-friendly way.
  22. 22. Greening the Trip to School Overall Live within 1 km of child’s school Live between 1 and 2 km of child’s school Live more than 2 km from child’s school
  23. 23. What the Future Holds <ul><li>Increased outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Additional options </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vanpooling? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Telework </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Travel Planning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Workplace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special events </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Thank you! Ryan Lanyon Team Lead, Smart Commute Metrolinx [email_address] 416-874-5933