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Clarington launches four commuter carpool lots

Clarington Apr. 14, 2015/- Clarington is giving residents more options for safe, economical and environmentally friendly travel. The Municipality is launching carpool commuter parking spaces, at four locations, in existing municipally owned parking lots.

The proposal was approved at last night's Council meeting. Clarington staff have partnered with Smart Commute Durham and Durham Regional Transit to provide more travel options for residents leveraging existing municipal resources. The carpool lots will be available at four locations: Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex, Courtice Community Complex, South Courtice Arena and the Bowmanville Indoor Soccer Facility.
These locations have several features in common:

  • they all have large parking areas that offer off-peak potential without disturbing other service users,
  • they do not require further investment,
  • they are convenient; close to major transportation routes
  • they are also close to GO Transit and Durham Regional Transit

These facilities will have dedicated parking spaces set aside for carpooling with dedicated times. Facility patrons will still be able to park in the spots, but they will be dedicated for carpooling. This is just the first phase of the program, there will be more dedicated commuter parking spaces across the Municipality in the future.

"This is a great solution; we live in a world where people commute daily to work. This gives them extra options to park their car, carpool or access transit. We are using existing facility space at virtually no extra cost. This is a multi-phased proactive plan, moving forward we will have to look at possibly creating stand-alone commuter lots working with other partner organizations," said Tony Cannella, Director of Engineering.

The carpool commuter program is projected to cost around $1500 and that is for signs to let residents know about the program. The signs will be going up shortly to let residents know where they can park.

The Municipality has teamed up with Smart Commute Durham in this exciting initiative. Smart Commute has created a carpool convergence program, making use of existing infrastructure to offer residents alternate opportunities to get to work.

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