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June 8, 2005
City and TTC partnership pays dividends for the environment
  
Today at the sixth annual Smog Summit, held at Toronto City Hall, Mayor David
Miller announced the City of Toronto’s latest commitments to reduce smog.

Effective this September, the City will launch its participation in the Toronto
Transit Commission’s (TTC) VIP Metropass Program. City of Toronto employees
will be able to purchase transferable monthly passes at all of the Civic
Centres, at City Hall and at the Parking Tags Offices at Metro Hall or 1530
Markham Road. By purchasing through the City, employees will be able to take
advantage of a discount with potential savings of $11.75 on the cost of each
month’s pass.

"This is a wonderful program to promote public transit in Toronto. The City
must take the lead on initiatives like this that reduce smog and congestion,"
said Mayor Miller.

The City of Toronto also made other significant announcements. It will
implement an Employee Trip Reduction Pilot Program (ETR Pilot) for City
employees. The goal of the ETR Pilot is to reduce the number of single occupant
vehicles on the road and to encourage use of sustainable modes of
transportation among members of the Toronto Public Service.

In addition, the TTC will receive 150 diesel-electric hybrid low-floor buses
beginning in 2006. This new engine technology reduces pollutants associated
with both smog and green house gases and bring fuel savings of 20% to 30% over
the life cycle of the bus.

The Smog Summit began in 2000 as a meeting where federal, provincial and
Toronto officials could explore best practices for reducing smog, air pollution
and greenhouse gases. It has now grown to a meeting of governments in the
Greater Toronto Area committing to specific actions that reduce smog,
identifying mutually beneficial opportunities and sharing best practices.


Media contacts:

Patchen Barss
Office of the Mayor
416-338-7134
416-527-3486 (cell)

Priscilla Cranley
Strategic and Corporate Policy
Office of the City Manager
416-392-0372

Martin Herzog
Strategic and Corporate Policy
Office of the City Manager
416-392-5491



 

 

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