Carpooling reaches an all-time high in the Pearson Airport Area
On March 1st, 2012, the 6,000th user registered on the Carpool Zone in the City of Mississauga and Pearson Airport Area resulting in 1,227 carpools formed.
In the last year alone, nearly 2,000 commuters have registered and formed more than 500 carpools.
“With the rising cost of fuel, it’s not surprising that registration on Carpool Zone has increased significantly. Smart Commute’s year round marketing campaigns, promotions and rewards are also attracting more users,” said Glenn Gumulka, Executive Director of Smart Commute Mississauga and Smart Commute Pearson Airport Area. “Among Smart Commute workplaces in the City of Mississauga and Pearson Airport Area, these figures only capture a fraction of the total carpooling activity that is taking place - we know there are more carpoolers out there. As the pace of registration increases, we are confident that we will surpass 10,000 registered users in the next 18 months.”
One outstanding Smart Commute workplace that has had great success with employee registration on Carpool Zone is Hatch Ltd. which has attracted more than 1,100 users and 250 carpools formed. In an effort to ease parking pressures and encourage its employees to reduce their carbon footprint and transportation costs, Hatch Ltd. introduced an employee commuting incentive program that offers $2.50 per passenger per one-way trip ride for those employees who carpool with other Hatch employees.
Carpool Zone is a free, state of the art online ride matching service that allows registrants to find carpool partners based on a customized search criteria. Smart Commute creates exclusive subgroups for its member workplaces, allowing commuters to quickly and easily create carpools with their co-workers. Since 2006, commuters registered on Carpool Zone in the City of Mississauga and Pearson Airport Area have helped save nearly 12 million kilometres of vehicle travel, more than $6.5 million in commuting costs and 2.6 million kilograms (kg) of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from entering the atmosphere.
For more information on how your organization can benefit from a corporate carpooling program, please visit www.smartcommutepaa.ca.
Smart Commute Mississauga is an incorporated non-profit Transportation Management Association supported by the City of Mississauga, Metrolinx and the Region of Peel. Its membership is composed of organizations from both the Mississauga business community and the public sector.
Smart Commute is a program of Metrolinx and the municipalities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. To date, 204 employers with more than 524,000 employees have signed on to the Smart Commute program.