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Sustainable Transportation Related Programs

See below for Transportation Related Organizations

Sustainable transportation systems contribute to the economic, environmental, social and cultural sustainability of communities. They provide social and economic connections and opportunities through increased mobility while at the same time striving to reduce environmental impact

The following chart lists examples of programs that can help municipalities make their transportation systems more sustainable.
They are organized under the following categories (click on the name to go directly): 

Land Use/Transportation Oriented Development
Transportation Demand Management
Active Transportation
Carpool/ Rideshare
Fuel Efficiency/ Renewable Fuel

* NOTE: This is not an exhaustive list of programs and information sources available, but a starting point for municipalities who are interested in taking action. Please contact Rachel Bocock at or 780.409.4313 if you know of other resources that would be relevant to Alberta municipalities or if any of the programs or links below need to be updated.

Urban transit showcaseTransport CanadaHighlights innovative sustainable transportation projects and issues from across Canada:
- Learning events
- Case studies
- TDM Resource Centre
- Research reports
- Urban Directory
- Awards
- Urban Transportation Emissions Calculator
Land Use/Transportation Oriented Development
Transit Oriented Development- Case Studies Canadian Mortgage and Housing CorporationBased upon interviews with developers, municipal planners and homeowners, the case studies provide insight into common challenges and creative solutions.
Transit Oriented Development: Best Practices HandbookCalgary TransitIntroduces the key planning principles behind successful TOD. It summarizes some of the current practices for designing and implementing transit oriented development
Greenmodes: Sustainable Transportation Site DesignCanadian Institute of Transportation EngineersA comprehensive guiding document promoting accessibility by travel modes other than single occupant vehicles. Recommends site design practices that can be applied to promote the use of more sustainable modes of transportation.
Center for Transit Oriented Development Reconnecting America: Center for Transit Oriented Development Clearing house for best practices in TOD, provides guides for developing TOD and educational materials for non-experts in TOD, etc. Their TOD101: Why TOD? and TOD202: Station Area Planning documents are good reading material.
10 Principles for Successful Development Around TransitUrban Land InstituteIncludes information on key ingredients for success: vision, partnerships, understanding the needs of developers, parking, creating a sense of place, mixing uses, price points, and taking advantage of changes in corporate culture.
Transportation Demand Management
Improving Travel Options with Transportation Demand Management FCM- Green Municipal FundIntroduction to TDM with examples from Canadian Communities.
Case for TDM – handbook for practitionersAssociation for Commuter Transportation of CanadaOverview of why TDM is important and examples of targeted arguments for different players.
TDM Supportive Guidelines for Development Approvals- handbook for practitionersAssociation for Commuter Transportation of CanadaReviews how TDM is currently applied in the development approval process in Canada and recommends approaches for improvement.
ecoMOBILITYTransport CanadaAims to reduce emissions from the urban passenger transportation sector by helping municipalities attract residents to less polluting forms of transportation. Provides:
- Financial Support to Implement TDM projects
- Research and information to build capacity to implement TDM
Transportation Demand Management for Small and Mid-size CommunitiesFraser Basin CouncilThis toolkit offers promising strategies and trends on sustainable transportation, along with examples from across BC.
Active Transportation
Communities in Motion, Bringing Active Transportation to lifeFCM- Green Municipal FundIntroduction to Active Transportation with examples from Canadian Municipalities.
Urban Design SettingsAlberta Centre for Active LivingProvides links to resources for promoting active living through urban design.
Case Study CompendiumPedestrian and Bicycle Information CentreCase studies that cover pedestrian and bicycle projects and programs from across the US and abroad, including engineering, education, enforcement, encouragement, planning, health promotion, and comprehensive safety initiatives.
Canada WalksGreen Communities CanadaShowcases best practice in walkable communities using inspiring examples form Canada and around the world. Provides case studies and information on resources tools and links.
Active and Safe Routes to SchoolActive and Safe Routes to SchoolResources, tools, information and links for schools and communities to create their own program.

Walkable Communities Incl.Information on how to make a community walkable and including information on walking audits. The FAQs particularly helpful.
Walkinginfo.orgPedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (USA)Information on:
- Developing plans and policies
- Engineering pedestrian facilities
- Educating drivers and pedestrians
- Enforcing laws
- Improving access to transit
- Promoting walking and health
Pedestrian Safety TipsTraffic Safety in Alberta by Alberta TransportationProvides tips for pedestrians, tips for drivers and facts on pedestrian casualties and injuries.
Can-BikeAlberta Bicycle Association Cycling safety program provides a nationally standardized set of courses that can be taught through a variety of organizations who are interested in education, safety and health.
 Canadian Cycling Association  
On-Street Cycling SafetyCity of CalgaryProvides information on Traffic Skills, Cycling Hazards, Handling Skills, Safety Check, and Bicycle Fitting.
Bike Sense ManualGreater Victoria Cycling CoalitionBC centric information, but based on City of Calgary’s Cycling Safety handbook and includes general information on gear, safety and traffic skills.
bicyclinginfo.orgPedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (USA)Information on:
- Developing Plans and Policies
- Engineering Bicycle Facilities
- Education Drivers and Bicyclists
- Improving access to transit
- Promoting bicycling and health
Carpool/Ride-Share Trans Canada Internet carpooling site which helps connect potential carpoolers online and provides information on carpool benefits and etiquette.
National RideShare Week  

Calgary Economic Development

with funding support from the Governments of Canada and Alberta
and in collaboration with the City of Calgary

WORKshift is a Calgary regional initiative to promote, educate and accelerate the adoption of telework in the business community. WORKshift offers businesses in the Calgary region with tools, best practices and resources to assess and effectively implement telework programs.
Office of Energy Efficiency- Transportation Page Natural Resources CanadaProvides resources including, fact sheets, an anti-idling campaign guide, and campaign resources.
Stop Your Idling Climate Change CentralFacts on why to stop idling.
Parking Management:
Strategies, Evaluation and Planning
Victoria Transport Policy InstituteA report which summarizes the book, Parking Management Best Practices, which describes and evaluates more than two-dozen such strategies.
Parking Strategies Research BulletinSmart Growth on the GroundPrepared for Squamish BC.
- Parking Design Guidelines Principles and innovative parking strategies.
- Parking Design Alternatives For parking spaces and structures.
Fuel Efficiency/ Renewable Fuel
Retire your RideAdministered by Climate Change Central in Alberta for the Government of Canada and the Clean Air Foundation.Offers Participants a wide variety of rewards for retiring 1995 model year and older vehicles that are in running condition and have been registered and properly insured for the last 6 months.
Alberta Renewable Fuel Demonstration Report Produced by Climate Change Central for the Government of Canada, Government of Alberta And PetroCanadaReport provides feedback to stakeholders regarding the use of renewable diesel fuels in Canada’s on-road diesel fuel market and confirms ‘operability’ of low level renewable diesel blends under the specific conditions tested.
Hybrid TaxisClimate Change CentralInformation and rebates on purchasing hybrid taxis.
Vehicle Emissions TeamClean Air Strategic AlliancePilots, monitors and evaluates vehicle emission reduction initiatives.
Federal, Provincial and Territorial Funding of Canada: A compendiumCanadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA)Provides an overview of existing funding programs across Canada. Released February 2009.
Transit Infrastructure Needs for the Period 2008-2012Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA)5th edition of CUTA’s survey report of all transit system members, detailing capital infrastructure needs for the next five years.


Transportation Related Organizations

The following organizations have funding, programs and/or information resources that can assist Alberta’s urban municipalities in creating more sustainable transportation systems.

Your Municipal Associations

AUMAComplete Streets Workshop (in partnership with Sustainable Alberta Association)

AUMA is partnering with the Sustainable Alberta Association to promote these one day workshops. The purpose of the workshop is to provide decision-makers and community members with an awareness of the benefits of “Complete Street” design from an economic, health and environmental perspective. Workshop participants will evaluate the current walking, cycling, transit and carpooling opportunities in their community and Sustainable Alberta Association will provide models of sustainable transportation design from municipalities with similar demographics and climates.

Click here to access the report on the latest workshops.

 Municipal Sustainability PlanningMany municipalities involved in Phase Four of AUMA’s MSP initiative have identified transportation/mobility as a key priority. The affordability, accessibility and efficiency of transportation options play a important role in a municipalities’ sustainability. At the same time, the MSP process can play an importation role in shaping transportation options and viability.
 Towards a Provincial Transit StrategyPolicy Paper adopted at AUMA’s 2008 annual convention. To read the resolution, government response and AUMA comments click here
 Towards a Light Rail Transit Program

Policy Paper adopted at AUMA’s 2007 annual convention as part of MSI related advocacy efforts. To view the Resolution click here

FCM Green Municipal FundTools and Resources for Building Capacity: TransportationThe GMF transportation sector includes active transportation networks and facilities, transportation demand management, land-use planning, modal integration, public transit systems and technologies, complete streets and traffic calming measures.
Jessica Mankowski, Program Officer



GreenTRIP program

Alberta Transportation

$2Billion program to promote the use of local, regional and inter-city public transit. Given current budgetary challenges the program may either be stretched over a long timeframe or deferred.

Provincial Energy Strategy

Alberta Energy

“Green up transportation” listed as one of the strategies to Change Energy Consumption Behaviour. GreenTRIP given as an example. The Strategy also proposes examining goals for energy efficiency of the government vehicle fleet and work with Canada to assess vehicle emission standards

Land-use FrameworkLand-use and transportation are critically connected. Decisions that are made under the land-use framework will determine the viability of sustainable transportation options.

New Deal for Public Transit

Administered by Alberta Transportation

Funded by the Government of Canada Initiated in 2006 to provide financial assistance to municipalities in support of sustainable municipal public transit capital infrastructure. Under this program each eligible municipality will receive a portion of the total program funding amount based largely on the municipality's share of the total annual public transit ridership as published for the year 2004. The program is subject to the province receiving the funding from the federal government.
 Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety

Recently released the following sustainable transportation related reports: -“Urban Transit in Canada: Taking Stock of Recent Progress” The report highlights trends and challenges in transit, summarizes the status of transit funding in provinces, and describes significant funding commitments made by the federal government to the sector; and

Cross-Canada Survey on Jurisdictions’ Approaches and Activities in Sustainable Transportation” The survey provides an overview of the range of approaches and activities/initiatives currently taking place in Canada, across federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions towards the above progress report.

FederalTax Credit for Public TransitA non-refundable tax credit to help cover the cost of public transit.
 ecoMobilityIn 2008 the program provided financial support to Transportation Demand Management Projects. No longer accepting applicants. The website still contains eco Mobility information resources
 Urban transit showcaseHighlights innovative sustainable transportation projects
Tools of Change: Case Study WebinarsCullbridge Marketing and CommunicationShowcases a range of approachesfor promoting telework, walking, cycling and the use of public transit.

Other Organizations

There are several provincial, national and international non-governmental organizations that are dedicated to providing information and programs towards sustainable transportation

Provincial Sustainable Alberta Association (SAA)

Who: Not for profit association with a board consisting of government, business and the not-for profit sector.

Key Contacts:
Executive Director: Kathryn Winkler
Program Coordinator: Rebecca O’Brien

Complete Streets Workshops
The purpose of the workshop is to provide decision-makers and community health advocates with an awareness of the benefits of Complete Street design from an economic, health and environmental perspective. Workshop participants will evaluate the current walking, cycling, transit and carpooling opportunities in their community and Sustainable Alberta Association will provide models of sustainable transportation design from municipalities with similar demographics and climates.

Commuter Challenge
An annual one-week event coinciding with National Environment Week and Clean Air Day that takes place in urban centers. The goal of the program is to increase the awareness of sustainable commuting and to encourage Canada to take action by walking, cycling, taking transit, rideshare-carpooling, or teleworking

Saddle Up Trip Reduction Program
A Trip Reduction Program (TRP) engages and facilitates employers in encouraging employees, through incentives, to switch from single occupancy vehicle use to other, more sustainable transportation modes. A TRP recognizes the risks associated with pollution and inactive lifestyles, and offers flexible, practical and personalized sustainable transportation options, with social, economic and environmental benefits for employees and employers.

 Safe Healthy Active People Everywhere

Who: Alberta wide non-profit organization that promotes Active and Safe Routes to School programs

What: Promotes
• International Walk to School Week
• Winter Walk Day
• Walking School Bus
• Walking Buddies
• School Travel Planner
• Event Calendar

NationalCanadian Urban Transit Association

Who: Association of transit systems

• Library with reference material
• Transit research
• Training
• Advocacy

 Transportation Association of Canada

Who: A national association with a mission to promote the provision of safe, secure, efficient, effective and environmentally and financially sustainable transportation services in support of Canada's social and economic goals

• Annual conference and exhibition
• Bookstore, technical guides and syntheses of best practices
• Seminars on most key TAC publications
• Transportation library, databases and information search services
• TAC News quarterly newsletter

 Association for Commuter Transportation of Canada Who: A National Association created to meet the needs of Transportation Demand Management Professionals
National RideShare Week
• TDM Webinars and workshops
• Information on the “Case for TDM” and “TDM Supportive Guidelines for Development Approvals”
 Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers

Who: more than 1,700 transportation engineers, planners, technologists and students across Canada

• National job posting services
Greenmodes Knowledge transfer software- site design for sustainable transportation in non-residential areas only.
• Has Northern and Southern Alberta Sections

 Victoria Transport Policy InstituteWho: independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative and practical solutions to transportation problems
What: Provides reports on-
• Transportation Demand Management
• Evaluating Impacts and Problems
• Innovative Solutions
• Smart Land Use
• Public Transit
• Walking and Cycling
• Transportation Cost and Benefit Analysis
InternationalReconnecting America

Who: American non-profit organization working to integrate transportation systems and the communities they serve with the goal of improving economic and environmental efficiency and giving consumers more housing and mobility choices.

Centre for Transit Oriented Development provides guidance on TOD
Reconnecting America’s Transit Networks focuses on linking separate aviation, rail and intercity bus systems into an integrated network in order to improve economic productivity, enhance consumer choice and value, and improve environmental performance and energy efficiency.

 Global Alliance for EcomobilityWho: An international non-profit partnership that works to promote EcoMobility and thus reduce citizens’ dependency on private motorized vehicles worldwide
• Resources page includes list of projects
• Partnered with Edmonton on Local Motion
• Research and Information to Build Capacity to Implement TDM
 International Transport Forum

Who: Inter-governmental body within the OECD family. The Forum is a global platform for transport policymakers and stakeholders.

• Objective is to serve political leaders and a larger public in developing a better understanding of the role of transport in economic growth, and the role of transport policy in addressing the social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.
• Organizes a Conference for Ministers and leading figures from civil society each May in Leipzig, Germany.
• Runs the Joint Transport Research Centre


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