Rethink Series: REROUTE your commute
What an exciting time to travel around the region this summer! With the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games a few days away and the weather warming up, there is no better time to rethink the way you travel. Smart Commute is calling all you Greater Golden Horseshoe region folks to rethink your commute and explore your travel options by following the 4 Rs: Reduce, Re-mode, Re-time and Reroute. Changes are coming to the road and transit network during the Games, so why not shake things up with your daily commute?
[re – root, –rout]
- to send (someone or something) along a different route
With local traffic changes, temporary HOV lanes and events occurring all around the GTHA, your usual commute may need to be modified during the Games. It is time to get creative and take the road route less travelled! You can do this by shifting your route to a less busy one, utilizing the HOV lanes, using online tools to find the best way and avoid road closures, and perhaps exploring the Pan Am Path, which connects 80km+ of trails across the region.
Modify your route
commute: to travel some distance between one's home and place of work on a regular basis.
Sometimes the best route involves no travel at all. Consider working from home on the days you anticipate the most congestion or traffic delays in your area. Not an option? Have a back-up plan for commuting. Maybe it involves joining a carpool, or taking transit—whatever it is, be prepared to travel outside of your usual “route-ine”. For transit trip-planning visit Triplinx.ca.
Utilize the HOV lanes
HOV lanes: a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane or a carpool lane is a restricted traffic lane reserved at peak travel times for the exclusive use of vehicles with a driver and one or more passengers. Note: HOV lanes for TO2015 Games require 3+ occupants from June 29-July 27 and 2+ occupants from July 28-Aug 18.
If you must drive, consider carpooling to take advantage of the temporary HOV lanes. These lanes allow you to bypass traffic and have been shown to improve commuting times significantly!
Need to find a carpool partner? Visit explore.smartcommute.ca to find a match.
Avoid road closures
Easier said than done right? If only there was an online tool that would provide the most up-to-date traffic information along your route. Try the 2015 Games Trip Planner! This site provides real-time traffic information for spectators and residents in Ontario during the Games. Planning your trip is easy – simply enter your starting location and destination, and the Trip Planner will give you the best options to get there. You can sign up to receive email or SMS alerts about incidents and travel times along your customized routes using the ‘My Routes’ tab. For hands-free audible alerts, download the mobile app at iTunes, Google Play, or Blackberry App World.
Alternatively, avoid delays by letting someone else do the driving! Check out Triplinx.ca for one-stop transit trip planning.
Pan Am Path
Do you normally cycle, roller blade or walk to work? Reroute your commute by exploring the Pan Am Path! This is a multi-use path that connects more than 80km of continuous trails across the region, creating better connected and more inviting active mobility options.
“The vision of the Pan Am Path is to combine the power of art and sport to create a living path across Toronto. From May 16 to August 15, 2015, the Pan Am Path will come alive with a city-wide relay of art installations and events. Each week, the festival will travel across Toronto to celebrate our city’s greatest assets: diversity, nature and arts.” – PanAmPath.org