Located in the western part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) between Hamilton and Peel Region, Halton Region has over 440,000 residents and is continuing to grow. Along with growth comes increased traffic congestion. The region is challenging the status quo by starting its own Smart Commute program.
The Smart Commute Halton program was launched in June 2006 with employees at the Halton Regional Centre. It was set up as a demonstration program in order to provide an example of the types of programs that can be implemented at other regional facilities, local municipalities and employers within Halton Region.
Smart Commute Halton initiatives include:
- Carpooling including the Smart Commute Ridematch Program (Carpool Zone)
- Preferential Carpool Parking
- Emergency Ride Home Program.
- Transit Service.
- Bike Racks
Since launching in June 2006 the Smart Commute Halton program has expanded to include the City of Burlington, Town of Milton and Town of Oakville, who are reviewing the opportunity to implement the Smart Commute Halton program with their employees. It is expected that the program would be launched at the local municipalities in mid 2007.
The Smart Commute Halton program has been a great success in bringing awareness to the Smart Commute initiative as well as encouraging employees at the Halton Regional Centre to try alternative modes of transportation.