'Smart' Commuters Save Time and Money



    
    Goodyear Canada and Smart Commute at Metrolinx join forces to celebrate
    Carpool Week
    

    TORONTO, Oct. 6 /CNW/ - According to a recent Commuter Attitudes Survey,
almost half of local commuters (48%) regularly drive alone. The question is
why aren't they carpooling? It would save them time and money! The survey
results are being released to kick-off Carpool Week (October 6-10, 2008), a
joint initiative of Goodyear and Smart Commute at Metrolinx to encourage
commuters to share the ride to work or school in an effort to reduce
congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.
    "Carpooling is an effective way to save time and money getting to work,"
said Ryan Lanyon, Team Lead for the Smart Commute program. "Sharing the drive
is like paying half-price for gas, and gives you access to speedy
high-occupancy vehicle lanes."
    Highlighting the financial and time savings is a key thrust of Carpool
Week. One of the primary findings of the study is that 81% of commuters
believe high occupancy vehicles (HOV) lanes are a good way to encourage people
to carpool. HOV lanes are used by 13% of carpoolers in the GTHA saving them an
average 13 minutes on a one-way trip.
    "A strong majority of commuters indicate transportation is an important
issue in their daily life. Making sure you get from A-to-B safely is just as
important," said Ian McIntosh, General Manager, Goodyear Canada. "Tires should
always be properly inflated, regularly rotated, inspected and aligned
annually. Having your tires properly inflated increases fuel efficiency."
    Throughout Carpool Week, Goodyear Canada is dispatching safety teams to
Smart Commute employer parking lots to provide free tire inspections and laser
tread depth analysis to carpool vehicles.

    
    Other Interesting Points:

    Reasons to Carpool
    -   Reduce the amount of traffic congestion
    -   Able to use the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, saving time
    -   Split gas costs
    -   Better for the environment and reduces your carbon offset
    -   Divide parking costs
    -   Keeps you alert while having company
    -   It's fun!

    Who are they carpooling with?
    Those who carpool commonly do so with:
    -   household members (36%),
    -   coworkers (30%)
    -   friends, acquaintances & neighbours (26%)

    Number of people in the vehicles
    -   The average number of people in local carpools is 2.4
    -   Carpoolers under the age of 24 are more likely to have more than two
        people in the car
    -   The maximum number of people these commuters would want to carpool
        with is four. Almost half of carpoolers (48%) catch their ride from
        home
    -   Another 22% meet at a specific location
    -   2% live together
    -   3% use another method
    

    About Goodyear Canada

    Goodyear Canada Inc. is a leading manufacturer of tires for automotive
and commercial/industrial markets. The company has operations and offices in
Ontario, Quebec and Alberta, in addition to a national network of committed
independent retailers. Goodyear Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company of Akron, Ohio. www.goodyearlongestcommute.ca.

    About Smart Commute at Metrolinx

    Smart Commute and the Carpool Zone are programs of Metrolinx (Greater
Toronto Transportation Authority). Smart Commute works with local employers
across the region to improve commuter options like carpooling, transit,
cycling, walking and telework. More than 100 employers with over 200,000
employees have signed on to Smart Commute. Metrolinx, an agency of the
Government of Ontario, was created by the Government of Ontario to provide
seamless, coordinated transportation links throughout the Greater Toronto and
Hamilton Area (GTHA). To learn about your options, visit www.smartcommute.ca.

    The Metrolinx Smart Commute, Commuter Attitudes Survey Report was
conducted by Harris/Decima for June 27, 2008 among a sample of 1,008 GTHA
residents, and has a margin of error +/-3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20.





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please contact: Jennifer Hills, Environics Communications, (416) 969-2669,
jhills@environicspr.com; Carrie Makrigiannis, Environics Communications, (416)
969-2750, cmakrigiannis@environicspr.com; Jacquie Menezes, Metrolinx, (416)
874-5923, (647) 289-4523 cell, jacquie.menezes@metrolinx.com

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