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Downsview Provincial Campus

Downsview Provincial Campus partnered with the Smart Commute program in early 2011. Smart Commute NTV has assisted the organization in developing and promoting a carpool parking program, and has helped produce the Commuting Options Brochure for staff.

 

                                  

 

 Carpooling 

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 ride matching website, Carpool Zone, can help you find a carpool partner, or form your already existing carpool, so you can get preferred parking on the Downsview Campus.   Carpool Zone is free, easy and non-commital.Register on the Downsview Provincial Campus Carpool Zone and enter a starting address, along with your weekly schedule and travel preferences.  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.  Best of all, Carpool Zone rewards users for their eco-friendly efforts and tracks greenhouse gases and money saved by carpooling. 

If you’ve formed a carpool on the Carpool Zone that includes three or more employees, you can register for a carpool parking pass. Once your carpool is formed, visit the CBRE office (Room 22, Building C) to obtain your permit and start parking in the reserved parking spaces outside of Building C. 

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

 Public Transit

TTC: The Wilson Station is minutes from the Downsview Provincial Campus.  The 96 Wilson Route operates in an east-west direction.   All 96A, 96B, 96C, 96D and 96G buses serve local bus stops along the route. If taking the 96 bus, get off on Agate Avenue (one minute walk to Campus) or one stop south of Agate Avenue (in front of the OPP station).

From York Mills Station on Yonge Street: Take the 165 Weston Bus west and depart at Wilson and Agate Road (approximately a 20 to 25 minute bus ride).  Walk to 1201 Wilson Avenue (this will take approximately 2 minutes).

If you are commuting from the North or South on Keele, you can take the 41 bus to Wilson Avenue or one stop south of Wilson (unnamed stop that will drop you off near the OPP station on the Campus).

GO Transit: If you are commuting from an area outside of Toronto, GO Transit may be an option for you.  The following six buses arrive and depart from Yorkdale, and four buses can stop and pick you up from the 401 and Keele stop (view list below).  

Once you arrive at Yorkdale by GO bus, you can bike to the Downsview Provincial Campus (about 12 to 14 minutes, directions below) or walk/bike to Wilson Avenue at Dufferin (about 12 minutes) and take the 165 Bus north to Agate Avenue and walk to Downsview Provincial Campus (about two minutes).

19 Oakville Hwy. 403 GO Bus: Stops at Yorkdale or 401 and Keele. 401 and Keele stop only available upon request.  Walk to office in about two to four minutes

27 Milton Hwy 401 Go Bus: 
Stops at Yorkdale or 401 and Keele. 401 and Keele stop only available upon request.  Walk to office in about two to four minutes

34
 Brampton Local, Hwy. 27 & Hwy. 427 GO Bus: Stops at Yorkdale or 401 and Keele. 401 and Keele stop only available upon request.  Walk to office in about two to four minutes

38
 Bolton GO Bus: Stops at Yorkdale

66
 Newmarket Hwy. 400 GO Bus: Stops at Yorkdale or 401 and Keele. 401 and Keele stop only available upon request.  Walk to office in about two to four minutes

94
 Oshawa Hwy. 2 GO Bus: Stops at Yorkdale

Visit gotransit.com for detailed schedules and times.

Taking the GO to Yorkdale?  Try biking from Yorkdale to the campus. Check City of Toronto's bike map for suitable routes. 

 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 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.

Learn more about cycling by joining the Downsview Provincial Campus Bicycle User Group (BUG).
The Downsview BUG encourages cycling for commuting and recreation, helps users network with other cyclists and makes the complex more bicycle friendly.

 


 

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