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Attention Carpoolers:
York University has Priority Carpool Parking!

Learn how to access some of the best parking on campus.

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York University, Canada’s 3rd largest university, is home to almost 68,000 students, staff, and faculty (including Seneca@York) and is an excellent example of success made possible through smarter commuting.

In the late 1990s, York University was experiencing parking and infrastructure challenges. 70% of commuters were driving alone while 30% were taking alternate modes. To address these challenges, the University undertook a number of initiatives. These included working with the City of Toronto to establish the Black Creek Regional Transportation Management Association (BCRTMA) at York University’s Keele Campus in 2001. The organization was incorporated in 2003, and was subsequently renamed Smart Commute – North Toronto, Vaughan (NTV) in 2005 to reflect its expanded service area.

Over the years, Smart Commute NTV and York University have formed a strong relationship, one which has delivered significant results in the field of sustainable transportation. York University has worked tirelessly to make both the Keele and Glendon campuses more accessible and commuter-friendly. Key achievements are listed below:

  • significant increases in daily bus service to campus (approximately 144% increase from 2001-2006)
  • addition of a York University GO Transit Highway 407 bus (approximately 12,000 rides/day)
  • shuttle service between York University’s Keele and Glendon campuses
  • a York University GO Transit rail stop (approximately 350 rides/day) with shuttle service to Keele campus
  • discounted TTC monthly passes and GO Transit student identification cards
  • establishment of increased cycling and carpooling amenities
  • Toronto-York Spadina subway coming to York University! An 8.6km extension of the existing line will run through York University and make the campus even more accessible.

Smart Commute’s office is located in the York Lanes Colonnade, facing the University Bus Loop. Students and staff should feel to drop in for transit advice and maps, online routes and schedules or to sign up for Zipcar and the Smart Commute Tool.

Smart Commute works closely with York University Transportation Services. For more information on the University’s Transportation Services, click here. Tweet your commute questions and experiences to @CommuteToYorkU

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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 free ride matching website can help you find a carpool partner! Students, staff and faculty of York University can start saving on their commute costs by finding a ride match on the Smart Commute Tool. Simply set your origin and destination for a regular or one-time trip. The Smart Commute tool will match the user with others who have a similar travel plans. 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!

Already carpool? Take advantage of HOV lanes and provincial carpool parking lots as meeting locations.

Zipcar has partnered with York University to bring car sharing to the campus! There are nine self-service Zipcars available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The cars are currently located in the Sentinel Road Lot and the Albany Road lot at York University’s Keele Campus.

Ready to become a member? Sign up here.

York University recently partnered with Student CarShare, which is a convenient way for students to go grocery shopping, on a weekend trip, to the movies, etc. There are four cars located on campus in Founders Road East Reserved Lot.

To sign up, click here

Public Transit

Transit options are plenty when commuting to York University. Find out more about transit and shuttle service!

Active Commuting

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.

Looking for a route? Click here for online maps and route mapping tools.

In collaboration with York University, Smart Commute NTV offers an active Bicycle User Group (BUG) with more than 500 members. Members get access to the latest information on cycling routes and new infrastructure and an opportunity to connect with other cycling enthusiasts. Contact us to become a member for free.