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Alternative Transportation

Did you know that transportation is one of the main contributors to growing greenhouse gas emissions around the world? In 2019, it accounted for 40% of total carbon dioxide emissions in the Waterloo Region.

You’ve got places to go and people to see. We get that.

Whether you are travelling to get a late-night snack or to see all the city has to offer you, we have worked hard to partner with the Regions (Kitchener-Waterloo and Brantford) to ensure that you have options that work for you. For more information about how you can sign up for these alternative transportation methods, visit the Parking and Transportation Services page.

Depending on what you are doing there are a variety of benefits of using one of the many programs we offer:

  • Public TransportationVehicles can cost so much money (the average cost of a new vehicle in Canada is $33,464 plus insurance and gas), we partner with the Region to provide you a discounted transit pass so you can get anywhere you need at an affordable price.
  • Active TransportationPublic Health Ontario has reported that there is a lack of physical activity within the province. Choosing to use a bicycle to get around the city is a perfect way to get your daily exercise in and have fun while you are doing it. 
  • Vehicle Use: Sometimes you have farther to go and that is understandable. Consider the social benefit of choosing to carpool to your destination. Travel to where you've got to go, make a new friend and reduce your carbon footprint! We offer great opportunities to carpool through different organizations.

Public Transit

Public Transit (or public transportation) is an opportunity for large groups of people to travel to different locations using a set route. Transit passes are automatically loaded onto students accounts for upcoming school years and are ready to go to help students enjoy all the city has to offer them!

Active Transportation 

It is important to take in the beautiful weather while it lasts! Exploring a city on a nice day is one of the best ways to make yourself feel comfortable in your new space.

Consider taking a bike trip or hike on one of the wonderful trails the next time you have a bit of free time!

If you're looking for a usefull bicycle repair and maintenance guide, then check out BikeRide. It's an online cycling community that serves as a hub for cyclists to promote and join cycling events, as well as offering how-to repair guides, discussion forums and bike reviews with price comparisons.

Vehicle Use

Cars are a massive part of our current culture. It is understandable that you cannot move entirely away from them! That doesn’t mean that you cannot make sustainable choices when using a car though.

Here is some information about sustainable vehicle use you might not have been aware of: