The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games are coming to the Greater Golden Horseshoe region this summer. This will be the largest international multi-sport event Canada has ever hosted! It is anticipated that the Games will draw more than 10,000 athletes and officials, 250,000 visitors and 4,000 media representatives.
This means more people will be travelling throughout the region, and the transportation network will function differently. Depending where, when and how you and your employees will be travelling, Games-time travel conditions may be busier than normal, and may affect how you get around. By staying informed and creating a Games Travel Plan, businesses in the GTHA can ensure that their employees and customers keep moving.
While the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games are less than 30 days away, there is still time to make travel changes. Here are several quick and easy ways to become prepared.
1. Inform management – ensure that your management team is informed about the Games, temporary transportation measures, and potential impacts on business operations.
2. Inform staff – help employees make informed decisions by providing information on the Games Route Network and temporary High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, road closures and parking restrictions around venues, and event schedules. Key resources include:
- ontario.ca/games2015 – aimed at residents and employee travel during Games-time
- toronto2015.org – aimed at Games information and spectator travel
3. Promote flexible work arrangements – for those who are able, encourage staff to shift their workday to avoid travelling during peak periods of 7 – 9 a.m. and 3 – 7 p.m.
- Telework – some staff may already work from home on occasion. Build on these practices to help your business continue to operate efficiently during the Games
- Limit business travel – encourage staff to meet virtually or via teleconference. If in-person meetings are required, encourage staff to set meeting times during the middle of the day.
5. Carpool – People carpooling will benefit from the temporary network of HOV lanes during the Games. Set up 3+ carpools from June 29 to July 27, and 2+ carpools from July 28 to August 18. Carpools can be organized through informal conversations or sign-up sheets, or staff may use the Smart Commute tool to find carpool partners online*. The 2015 Games Trip Planner provides real-time traffic information for spectators and residents during the Games.
6. Find out about public transit options – Many transit providers across the region are enhancing their services during the Games. Triplinx is the official trip planner and transportation information resource for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, providing up-to-date inter-regional transit information.
7. Sign up for Games Service – Smart Commute is offering specific support (for workplaces that are not currently members) to prepare for Games-time travel. Apply online for Games Service until July 3, 2015.
Ensure business continuity, take action now! Check out our Resource Guides for tips, tools and recommendations for travelling during the Games period.
*Smart Commute Games Service participants will be given a network for their organization on the Smart Commute tool for the duration of the Games, allowing for more exclusive ride-matching between staff at your workplace.