London

Do you commute to work? If so, city staff want to hear from you

The City of London wants people to choose cheaper, less stressful and more environmentally friendly ways of getting to work—and they’re using a survey to gather more information on how to make that possible.

Most people drive to work alone, and the city wants to change that

The city wants to hear from people who commute to and from their jobs, particularly in the downtown core of London's industrial areas. (Colin Bulter)

The City of London wants people to choose cheaper, less stressful and more environmentally friendly ways of getting to work—and they're using a survey to gather more information on how to make that possible.

Jay Stanford, the city's director of environment, fleet and solid waste, said most Londoners drive to work alone, and there are barriers to using other options.

"We want to know how or if commuters can be supported by removing barriers and exploring different programs and incentives," he said, in a statement.

One of the options being explored is a Transportation Management Association (TMA). 

This would allow local employers to pool resources and needs to support something other than people commuting to work by themselves.

"On a smaller scale, many employers and employees are already encouraging and participating in these types of initiatives," said Stanford.

A TMA, which exist in other Canadian cities, would expand the types of activities individual business can implement.

The survey is open until March 16, 2020. It can be found here.

Stanford said all Londoners are encouraged to fill it out, but that the city is particularly interested in hearing from people who run businesses or work in concentrated employment areas like the downtown core or in the city's industrial parks.  

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