Canadians’ reliance on the single occupancy vehicle (SOV) as their preferred choice
of transportation continues to contribute to global warming. According to Environment
Canada, overall transportation represents the largest single source of Canada’s
greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for 27% of the total.
Carpooling is a simple way for individuals to take part in the climate change challenge
while saving money, reducing congestion and conserving energy along the way. The
purpose of this website is to provide assistance to individuals who are considering
carpooling as an alternate means of commuting.
Commuters that live near each other and share a common destination form the simplest
and most common "carpool" arrangement. Carpooling is an ideal cost saving arrangement,
particularly for those individuals who commute long distances to and from work each
day, have limited access to public transit and few transportation options available
There are several basic carpool types:
Designated Driver Carpool:
This carpool generally has one driver and one or more passengers. The driver provides
the vehicle and passengers pay a daily, weekly or monthly fare based on expenses
such as fuel, maintenance and parking.
Enjoy the simplicity of a carpool in which driving is alternated on a daily, weekly,
or monthly basis. Costs are incurred only during the period in which you are required
to drive. Or, put simply -- when you drive you pay, when you ride it’s free.
Some employers encourage employees to share the ride to and from work by allowing
the use of company vehicles. Employees pay a fare to offset additional fuel, maintenance
and insurance costs. As most company vehicles sit idle in parking lots after business
hours this system can benefit both employers and employees. Employers can save their
parking for paying customers while demonstrating their environmental responsibility
and employees can save money.
Fleet Car/Vanpool Program:
Many large North American cities have regional car and vanpool programs. Programs
such as Jack Bell Foundation’s
Vanpool Program provide groups of commuters with vehicles to travel to and
from work or school. Fares are usually based on round trip kilometres and cover
the operating expenses of the vehicle. In most instances, the driver is a volunteer
member of the group.
Carpooling is not only flexible and economical but also helps reduce air pollution,
traffic congestion and consumption of non-renewable energy resources.