It is estimated that the average annual cost to own and operate a personal vehicle is somewhere between $7,000 and $10,000. Carpooling allows you to share that expense, leaving you with cash for other things.
Smart Commute’s ride matching website, Carpool Zone, can help you find a carpool partner! Carpool Zone is free, easy and non-commital. Register on the TRCA’s Carpool Zone group and enter a starting address, along with your weekly schedule and travel preferences. View potential matches and send invitations through the website. After agreeing to share a ride, your carpool will be formed and you can start enjoying the benefits of smart commuting. Best of all, Carpool Zone rewards users for their eco-friendly efforts and tracks greenhouse gases and money saved by carpooling.
Did you know…
As an employee at a participating Smart Commute workplace, you are eligible for Emergency Ride Home (ERH) reimbursement. If you have an unforeseen emergency on any day you use a sustainable method to commute to work, you can request reimbursement of up to $75 for your emergency transportation costs.
Take GO Transit? Carpool to GO and park in priority spaces!
TTC to Downsview
- From Jane subway station take any 35 Jane bus north to Shoreham Drive, proceed east on Shoreham Drive to destination.
- The Sheppard 84 stops at Sheppard and Keele (from Sheppard Station)
- The 41B and 41E stop at Sheppard and Keele (from Keele Station)
- The 106 from Downsview and York U campus stops at Sheppard and Keele.
By YRT/VIVA to Downsview
- The VIVA Orange bus stops at Downsview station, and the TTC 106 bus can be taken to Sheppard and Keele.
By GO to Downsview
TTC to Shoreham:
- The 196 Rocket from Downsview Station provides a direct link to York U campus, in the bus loop
- The 195 Jane Rocket and 41 Keele bus also stop in the York U bus loop
- The 106 bus also stops on York U campus, near Driftwood Crt.
- 35 Jane bus stops at Jane and Driftwood.
YRT/VIVA to Shoreham:
- Route 3/3B – Thornhill-York University
- Route 10 – York University-Woodbridge
- Route 20 – Jane – Concord
- Viva purple
- Viva orange
Click here for GO to Shoreham (at York University)
Put your bike on a bus!
The following transit systems have bike racks on all buses: TTC, GO, YRT/VIVA, MiWay, Brampton Transit, Hamilton Transit.
If you live within 10 kilometers of work, active commuting may work for you!
Did you know that the average person can walk 1km in 10 minutes and can bike 1km in less than 5 minutes? Walking/running is one of the best ways to commute. It’s cost-free, emits zero GHG pollutants into the air and promotes physical health.
If you’re considering using your bike as part of your commute, why not “Rack it and Rocket” with the TTC? Bikes are stored at the front end of the bus. View a demonstration on TTC bike racks here.
If needed, improve your fitness by doing short evening rides to start, or try riding part of the way to work and taking public transit the rest of the way. Take a cycling course such as CAN-Bike (www.canbike.net), and read the Highway Traffic Act for information on cycling rights at www.e-laws.gov.on.ca.
Active commuting doesn’t mean you are limited to staying at work during your breaks. Try walking, biking, or taking transit to local stores during your break. Running your errands on lunch also means that you can go straight home after work.