What is Smart Commute?

Smart Commute is a program of Metrolinx and the municipalities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. We help anyone who is going from A to B explore and try out smart travel options such as walking, cycling, transit and carpooling. Our goal is to ease gridlock while helping you save time and money.

The transportation problems we are facing are big and infrastructure alone won’t fix it. We’re all in this together. Our small individual actions can collectively amount to huge improvements for everyone. Change what you can and encourage others to do the same.

Getting to work

Smart Commute helps employers and commuters explore and try out smart travel options such as walking, cycling, transit, carpooling and teleworking.

Our services

Smart Commute offers employers:

➢  Site assessments and surveys to understand employee commute behaviour
➢  Customized action plans to encourage employees to explore and try out smart travel options
➢  Tools to facilitate change including:

  • Exclusive carpool ride -matching programs
  • Emergency Ride Home programs
  • Discounted transit pass programs
  • Telework programs and flexible work  arrangements
  • Walking and cycling programs
  • Fun events and promotions

Getting to School

Smart Commute works with community and government partners to encourage active and sustainable school travel.

Community Initiatives

Smart Commute works with transportation demand management (TDM) stakeholders in the regional and local municipalities to support TDM initiatives related to land use policy, walking and cycling.


The Smart Commute Initiative operated from May 2004 to March 2007 as a partnership of the towns, cities and regions of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, with partial funding from Transport Canada and private sector partners. Smart Commute became a program of Metrolinx, with the support of local municipalities, on January 1, 2008. Metrolinx is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Service Area

Visit the "Your Smart Commute" section of this site for more information.

Smart Commute by the Numbers

As of September 30, 2014:

  • 13 Smart Commute offices in the GTHA
  • 340 employers
  • 720,000 employees and post-secondary students