At 40%, transportation is the single largest contributor to our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions! Access and incentives to sustainable methods of transportation are key to achieving our reduction target. These projects and programs are working towards reducing this part of the Region's footprint.

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Anti-Idling Campaign
  • The Regional and Municipal Councils are considering implementing a region-wide anti-idling campaign or by-law.
  • The goal is to reduce average idling time from 7 minutes to 3 minutes per day.
  • When completed it is estimated to reduce GHG emissions by 3000 tonnes per year.

Anti-idling Campaign



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By-law Changes for Bicycle & Vehicle Parking
  • The Regional and Municipal councils are considering revising zoning standards to include:
      • Maximum parking requirements in areas that are well serviced by transit, to prevent over-supply of parking in transit oriented areas.
      • Amended zoning by-laws to address minimum bicycle parking requirements, including short-term visitor, and longer-term, secure resident and employee bicycle parking infrastructure.

By-law Changes for Bicycle & Vehicle Parking



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Community Access Bikeshare
  • Community Access Bikeshare (or CAB) is an innovative project designed to provide affordable public access to bicycles and to increase the use of active transportation in the region.
  • Bikeshare members can access CAB bicycles at 9 convenient locations in Kitchener and Waterloo.
  • Members use bikes to; get to a meeting, run errands,  meet a friend, get some exercise to just relax! Members participate in CAB in the spirit of sharing bicycles as a community tool. Together, we contribute towards a culture of sustainable transportation that has a focus on inclusivity.
  • Just $40 for 7 months of unlimited riding.

Community Access Bikeshare



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Community CarShare
  • Community CarShare provides access to vehicles on a self-serve, pay-per-use basis to its members.
  • CarSharing enables members to own fewer household vehicles, and also change their commuting habits to greener and more active transportation modes.
  • Community CarShare serves more than 2000 members with 60+ vehicles across Southwestern Ontario.
  • The co-op’s new Quantum Station Program is also bringing carsharing access to members who live and work outside the core of Kitchener-Waterloo.

Community CarShare



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Electric Vehicle Adoption
    • ChargeWR strives to increase the adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in Waterloo Region, with the goal of reaching 1000 locally-owned EVs by 2020.
    • In 2014 we saw a 70% increase locally in both EV and EV charging station adoption.
    • We continue to work collaboratively with organizations to undertake actions across these areas (an adaptation of Energy Norway’s Grønn Bil (“Green Car”) project):
      • Users: Introducing and educating potential purchasers to the benefits of driving EVs while making it easier for EV drivers to charge within Waterloo Region;
      • Infrastructure: Engaging, encouraging, and helping local organizations install charging stations for their employees and the public;
      • Suppliers: Encouraging suppliers of charging stations to increase their presence in the region and engaging car dealerships to actively promote EVs to prospective buyers.

Electric Vehicle Adoption



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Hybrid Taxis & Limousines
  • Gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles are being used increasingly by businesses and residents as a way to decrease fuel consumption, save money and reduce GHG emissions. Since the batteries are charged using a regenerative braking system that captures energy lost during braking, hybrid vehicles do not require additional charging infrastructure and can be fueled at gas stations like conventional vehicles.
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) use considerably less fuel than conventional vehicles. For example, the average fuel efficiency for a 2010 Toyota Camry is approximately 8.9 L/100 km, whereas the 2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid model has an average fuel efficiency rating of 5.7 L/100 km—a reduction of 36 per cent.
  • Hybrid vehicles are well-suited to Canada’s taxi industry, where the average fleet vehicle can travel upwards of 100,000 km per year. Hybrid taxis are now commonplace in many Canadian cities, particularly in Metro Vancouver and British Columbia’s Capital Regional District, where a regulation implemented in 2007 requires all new taxi vehicles operating within these regions to be “eco-friendly” (defined as a fuel efficiency of 6.8 L/100 km or less for midsized vehicles).
  • The taxi market in Waterloo Region is naturally transitioning towards utilizing hybrid vehicles.
  • In 2012 15% of the local taxi fleet were hybrid vehicles; 49 out of 330 locally registered taxis.
  • As of January 31, 2015 56% of the fleet were hybrids; 224 out of 397 locally registered taxis (includes accessible vans).

Hybrid Taxis & Limousines



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Regional Transportation Master Plan
  • In 2011, the Region released a Transportation Master Plan to incorporate transportation demand management and active transportation initiatives alongside parking and land use policies that are designed to make transit a competitive and desirable choice for users that have access to an automobile.
  • The plan spans several areas of transportation including:
    • Active Transportation (walking and cycling). Policies and direction on planning sidewalks and cycling lanes;
    • Transportation Demand Management (TDM) / Travelwise. Car sharing, the universal transit pass for post secondary students, corporate bus pass programs, etc.;
    • Intelligent Transportation System Improvements (ITS). Real time scheduling of transit vehicles, transit priority, incident management systems, etc.;
    • Transit Network Plan & Priorities. New and more frequent transit service in targeted areas;
    • Inter-Regional Transit Service Integration. VIA, GO Transit, Greyhound, etc.;
    • Road Network Improvements (including the prioritization of Provincial Highway improvements). Fischer Hallman Road, Townline Road, Maple Grove Road, etc.;
    • Policy Support. Integration of land use and transportation, parking, TDM; Parking. Parking management, including supply and cost;
    • Congestion Management. Encouraging trips that are not essential to occur outside peak periods;
    • Action Plan. Implementation actions; and Transition and Monitoring. Tracking plan progress and adjust as necessary.
  • In 2014, the Region of Waterloo released a Regional Transportation Master Plan Progress Report providing highlights of  transportation investment and the measurable results of that investment, focusing on the previous fifteen years.

Region of Waterloo Transportation Master Plan

Regional Transportation Master Plan



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  • TravelWise is a network of 27 organizations in Waterloo Region that provides employees with resources and services to encourage more sustainable commuting. TravelWise supports employers to provide the capacity, motivation and opportunity necessary to achieve more sustainable employee commuting habits.
  • Our impact includes: 18.3 tons of CO2 reduction, over 15,000 alternative trips made, over 100,000 alternative kilometres traveled.


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