What is TravelWise?
TravelWise is a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program that provides an assortment of transportation tools and services for individuals and employees of registered TravelWise Transportation management Association (TMA) companies.
TravelWise provides TMA member organizations with the tools and services to encourage employees to use of active and sustainable transportation more often. Walking, cycling, taking transit or carpooling to work helps to ease parking concerns, relieve traffic congestion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote healthy lifestyles and improve quality of life.
TravelWise also works closely with employers who join the TravelWise TMA. Employers determine many of the circumstances around individual commuting decisions and therefore play a key role in providing healthy, affordable and sustainable transportation choices for employees. Members of TravelWise are already seeing the following benefits:
- Improved access to the best and brightest employees
- Improved transportation services
- Increased employee retention and morale
- Reduced facility costs
- Reduced transportation footprint
- Positive corporate exposure
As a non-profit service, TravelWise relies on support from members to supplement our Regional funding sources.
What services does TravelWise provide?
TravelWise provides a variety of programs and services to encourage commuters to try sustainable commuting options, and then supports their effort to walk, cycle, carpool, or take transit more often. Participating TMA organizations gain access to a suite of additional core services, which include the ridematching program, the Grand River Transit Corporate Pass, Emergency Ride Home services, and supportive marketing and information services.
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Ridematching for Carpoolers
TravelWise's state-of-the-art online ridematching service makes it simple to carpool for individuals and employees of our TMA organizations. Searching for a match is quick and easy; users even have the option to connect with other TravelWise organizations across Waterloo Region.
Get all the details on our online Carpooler Ridematching
Grand River Transit (GRT) Corporate Pass
Employees of TravelWise TMA organizations gain access to discounted transit passes. GRT has developed a new online purchasing tool specifically for TravelWise members, enabling staff to purchase monthly, seasonal or annual passes using their credit card at a discounted rate.
Visit TravelWiseCorporatePass.ca for details.
Emergency Ride Home
TravelWise TMA organizations have access to the Emergency Ride Home program that is designed as an insurance policy for participants who do not have immediate access to a vehicle while at work. The program is eligible to travelers who carpool, use transit or commit to active transportation, allowing them to leave work in emergency situations.
View and fill out the Emergency Ride Home form.
Personalized Trip and Employer Reporting
We have integrated simple tools into the TravelWise program, which allow users to easily track their daily commute. Information such as the number of sustainable kilometres travelled and total tones of carbon dioxide reduced are easily accessible. TravelWise TMA employers can use this information to motivate employees and track successes.
How does TravelWise encourage participation with TMA members?
Individualized marketing is a proven marketing approach used to attract and identify employees within your organization that may be interested in the TravelWise services available to them. As a perk of membership, staff from the TravelWise team at the Region of Waterloo will facilitate the marketing campaign!
The key element to a successful Employer Individualized Marketing campaign is employee communication. Therefore, the program will require a few hours of time from a designated employee to assist in tasks such as, posting and distributing information, and securing resources for on-site events. Typically, a survey is distributed internally through email, as well. TravelWise provides free giveaways as an incentive to encourage employee participation.
Visit TravelWiseCommute.ca to learn more about our services.
Have questions or want to join?
Contact James LaPointe, Principal Planner with the Region at 519.575.4500 x 3755 or send him an email.