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Smart Commute Hamilton. Commuting Solutions for Hamilton Employers Membership Introduction. Outline. What is Smart Commute? Benefits Why Act Now? Services and Effectiveness Upcoming Events. What is Smart Commute?.

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Smart commute hamilton

Smart Commute Hamilton

Commuting Solutions for Hamilton Employers

Membership Introduction


Outline

  • What is Smart Commute?

  • Benefits

  • Why Act Now?

  • Services and Effectiveness

  • Upcoming Events


What is smart commute
What is Smart Commute?

  • Initiative to take action on healthy lifestyles, congestion, climate change and air quality through transportation efficiency

  • Governed by Steering Committee

  • Administered/funded by Metrolinx

  • Tracking best practices

  • Reporting role

  • Provincial-municipal partnership


Smart commute who we are
Smart Commute – Who We Are

  • GTHA - Metrolinx

  • 2001: BCRTMA / NTV

  • 2004: 404-7

  • 2005:

    • Mississauga

    • NE Toronto

    • Hamilton

  • 2006:

    • Brampton-Caledon

    • Halton

  • 2007:

    • Central York

    • Durham

  • 2008: Toronto-Central


Join Us!A growing organization in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

  • Smart Commute provides a range of programs and services that:

    • improve commuting options

    • encourage active forms of transportation

    • increase employee satisfaction

    • complement health and wellness programs

    • positively impact your organization’s bottom line

      TDM -> Walk, Cycle, Take Transit, Carpool, Carshare


Join Us!A growing organization in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

“Smart Commute played a key role in improving our profitability through our productivity and real estate savings. Any company interested in making their operations more efficient should take a serious look at signing up with Smart Commute.”

– President, Smart Commute Employer


BenefitsSmart Commute saves you money

10% increase in productivity

10% decrease in absenteeism

15% savings in utility costs

Increased morale

Improved recruitment

Better retention

  • Corporate Benefits

    • Attraction & retention of staff from a larger candidate pool

    • Reduced facility costs from parking and office space

    • Ability to expand operations easily

    • Enhanced corporate standing in the community

(Source: peer-reviewed research from local and international sources)


BenefitsSmart Commute saves you money

  • Benefits to staff:

    • Reduced commuting costs

    • Increased job satisfaction

    • Better work–life balance

    • Improved health and well-being

  • Community benefits:

    • Improved air quality

    • Reduced traffic congestion and travel time

    • More efficient use of infrastructure and taxes


Why act now
Why Act Now?

  • Population Growth – 2.6 million more by 2031

    • Additional 1.3 million cars (GTHA wide)

    • 55% growth in auto traffic by 2031 (MTO)

    • Greater than 100 000 more people in Hamilton

  • Climate Change

    • 35% of emissions from transportation

  • Energy Supply

    Price fluctuations and spikes – Gas


Why act now1
Why Act Now?

  • Health

    • Smog-related air pollution results in sick time

      • $374 million (2005) to $467 million (2006)

    • Traffic collisions a public and private expense

      • $9 billion annually including lost productivity (1998)

    • Obesity and Transportation are Linked

  • Congestion

    • GTHA fourth most congested urban area in N.A.

    • Costs $2 billion (2005) to $3+ billion (2021)

    • To worsen by 45% from 2005 to 2035

      • Travel time from Hamilton to Toronto = 2 hours



Why act now2
Why Act Now?

Meet Employee Needs

Some employees choose not to drive and are looking for other options

Some would like to be active and bike or walk to work, if possible

Others are interested in transit

Carpooling appeals to those who would like to save money on gas and maintenance.

Finally, a large amount of employees choose to drive

25 – 50 %

50 – 75 %


Results success with smart commuting
ResultsSuccess with Smart Commuting

  • AT&T

    • Teleworking saved the company $180 million in 2003

    • 70% of teleworkers report working additional hours during the time they would have spent commuting

    • 63% of teleworkers report increased job satisfaction because of teleworking

  • McMaster University

    • Effective Carpooling program with preferred carpool parking

    • Increased employee cycling and walking percentages

    • Developed secure bike parking facilities

    • Lowered demand for parking to the point where there is surplus


Services
Services

  • Methodology

    • Determine Needs

      • Surveys

      • Site assessment

      • Vehicle counts

      • Employer consultation

    • Devise a Plan

      • Programming & Events

      • Employer initiatives

      • Location-based analysis and mapping


Services1
Services

  • Provide and improve choices for employees

    • Carpooling

      • Carpool Zone: www.carpoolzone.ca

      • Preferential parking (on employer site)

    • Emergency Ride Home

      • “Commuter insurance”

      • Rebate program to subsidize emergency rides home in lieu of having a personal automobile on the work site

    • Subsidized Transit

      • Exclusive discounts on transit passes

      • Matching Program with city contributing up to 20% of pass cost

    • Alternative work arrangements

      • Telework Consultation

    • A Suite of Interactive On-line Services


Services2
Services

  • Active transportation promotion and infrastructure improvement

    • Secure Bike Parking

      • support construction of facilities that protect cycling investments

    • Interactive Maps and Cycling/Walking User Groups

      • Supporting active transportation in the workplace

    • Cycling and Walking Analysis

      • Highlight cycling/walking routes and safe corridors

      • Determine percentage of your employees that are located within walking, cycling and transit range and estimated travel times.

    • Bike and Walk to Work Initiatives

      • give employees the chance to become familiar with bike routes to their workplace, with the help of on-line route maps


Services3
Services

  • Carpool Zone

    • www.carpoolzone.ca

    • Free to public across Ontario

    • Premium service for employers

    • Available in seven languages

    • 5,000 active participants in database

    • 80-100 new users per week

    • 200 tonnes of GHG emission reduced per month

    • $3.6 million in commuter savings in 2008-09


Effective mode shift
Effective…Mode Shift

  • Primary Mode

2008

2006

2005


Events
Events

  • Bike to Work Day (May 31)

    • GTHA Wide event

    • Prizes for employees who cycle to work

  • Open Streets Hamilton (June 6)

    • James St. North closed to Car Traffic and Open to pedestrians and cyclists

  • Clean Air Commute (June 14 – 18)

    • Replaces the Commuter Challenge

    • Workplace based challenge occurring GTHA wide and organized by Pollution Probe

    • Free for Smart Commute Employers, $500 to $2000 for non-SC employers


Other tdm projects
Other TDM Projects

Transportation 101: School-based TDM

Active and Safe Routes to School

School travel planning

Bike-sharing Best Practices

Study underway

Feasibility of bicycle lending library system

Smart Commute is more than its services – it’s a chance for employers to be involved in the health of the community and GTHA


Thank you

Alan Kirkpatrick

Manager – Strategic Planning

City of Hamilton Public Works

[email protected]

905-546-2424 x. 7413

Thank you!

Peter Topalovic

Project Manager - TDM

Smart Commute Hamilton

[email protected]

905-546-2424 x. 5129


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