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April 12, 2013
Smart Commute helps Scarborough businesses improve employee commutes
The City of Toronto and Metrolinx today formally launched the Scarborough Smart Commute program during the University of Toronto Scarborough's Eastern GTA Eco Summit.

Many commuters experience a long and stressful commute to their workplace. The Smart Commute program which equips employers with options such as Carpool Zone, cycling workshops and discounted TTC metropasses to ease their employees’ journeys to and from work has recently arrived in Scarborough.

Several leading employers have already joined Smart Commute Scarborough, including BMO Financial Group, Telus, Toronto District School Board, Scarborough Civic Centre and the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Councillor Norm Kelly (Ward 40 Scarborough Agincourt), Chair of the City's Parks and Environment Committee, is pleased with the program’s swift uptake by the participating organizations. "Smart Commute Scarborough is off to a great start. It's a credit to these organizations, and the many others that will join us in the future that they actively promote sustainable commuting for its many benefits to our economy, our environment and our personal lives."

"We strive to be a leader in environmental sustainability," said Jim Johnston, Director of Environmental Sustainability at BMO Financial Group. "Whether we’re reducing our footprint, making responsible lending and investment decisions, developing products or providing financial support to organizations, our goal is clear, to integrate environmental considerations into everything we do. Our participation in Smart Commute represents an important part of these efforts in the GTA."

Scarborough businesses can learn more and join at or by calling 416-397-0311.

Smart Commute is a network of offices across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), designed to change commuter behaviours and ease traffic congestion by helping companies promote environmentally friendly commuting options. The options include carpooling, public transit and more active forms of transportation such as cycling for employees. Smart Commute Scarborough is a program of Metrolinx, administered by the City of Toronto's Environment & Energy Office.

Smart Commute is a program of Metrolinx and the municipalities in the GTHA whose goal is to ease gridlock, improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while making commuting less expensive and more enjoyable, helping support the objectives in Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan, The Big Move. To date, more than 270 employers with 620,000 employees have signed on to the program and are designated as Smart Commute workplaces. For more information, visit

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Valerie Cassells, Senior Communications Coordinator



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