Carpool Week

Congratulations to the three winners of the Carpool Week prize draw! Each of them won a $500 travel voucher, compliments of VIA Rail Canada, just for logging their carpool trips on the Smart Commute online tool.

Jennifer receiving her prize

Winner Jennifer (L) 

Nour receiving prize

Winner Nour (centre)

Daniel with his prize

Winner Daniel 

A wide range of events at Smart Commute workplaces across the region raised awareness of carpooling as an efficient way to get to work and home again.

Carpool buttonsAt the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, a pizza lunch/meet & greet activity was organized. On a large map, staff indicated their home locations, with contact information, to facilitate carpooling. To prompt conversations, people wore buttons indicating what area of the region they were travelling from.

Remember, if you want to share the ride, and need to find someone going your way, use our free tool to post your trip and see who you can match up with. During this summer’s TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, carpooling could be an important strategy to help you get around the region.  Have a look at all the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes that will be available to cars that have 3 or more people in them.

three people wearing carpool shirts

Carpool team: James, Vicky and Jim

At the Markham Board of Trade, employees who formed carpool groups of three people or more were rewarded with specially designed t-shirts.

Share your carpooling stories! E-mail us.

Watch for news about our next campaign, which focuses on all travel modes:  Smart Commute Week 2015 (September 21 to 27).

Why carpool?
Cars with two or more occupants are less likely to get stuck in traffic because they can use High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes. Plus –during the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games this summer (for the period of June 29 to July 27) drivers will need to be accompanied by at least two passengers to use HOV lanes.

Get your carpool team ready now so that you’re ready for the Games!  Find someone to carpool with by using our free online tool!

You can find out more about the transportation changes during the Games here.

The average cost of owning and operating a vehicle in Canada is $10,500 per year. Carpoolers can reduce their costs considerably by sharing the drive to work.

Two people, sharing a 50km (return) commute five days a week will each save about $40 on gasoline alone in one month. Calculate your savings here.

How to get started

  • Visit this page to learn more about getting organized and carpool etiquette
  • Find out how much you’ll save by carpooling, using our calculator.
  • Meet up at a provincial carpool lot.
  • Carpool to your GO station.

Carpool Week is an annual campaign led by Smart Commute to encourage people to carpool and celebrate how much commuters can save by driving to work, school or an event with at least one other person. Employees at Smart Commute workplaces can look forward to exclusive promotions leading up to Carpool Week.

 Thanks to our prize sponsor:
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