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Welcome to the Ontario Community Transportation Network!

Many communities in Ontario lack sufficient transportation options to meet the mobility needs of their residents. As a response, more and more of these communities have developed or are developing community transportation programs.

The Ontario Community Transportation Network has been created to connect individuals and organizations interested in exchanging information, experiences and practices about community transportation services in Ontario. Through this Network you can connect with other communities who have or are in the process of developing community transportation services. The network welcomes all community transportation stakeholders including public transit providers, private sector transportation operators, social and health agencies, community organizations, ride-sharing groups, and transportation technology companies who want to further mobility solutions in their communities.

Blog

November 30, 2018

Technological Advances & Impacts on Community Transportation

On November 28th, David Thurlow from Harmonize Mobility and Thurus Consulting presented an OCTN webinar on “Technological Advances in Community Transportation”. He provided an overview of some of the changes that are currently happening with respect to passenger transportation, as well as some of the things that are yet to come.

October 24, 2018

Opportunities for Integrating Health into Transportation*

Transportation systems can have a major impact on the health outcomes and status of Canadians by either increasing or decreasing the risk of developing conditions such as obesity, asthma and other chronic diseases, as well as the occurance of injury, and stress levels associated with commuting.

Events

November 1 to December 31, 2018 / Online - Cost: Free

OCTN Webinar Series – Addressing CT within Current Contexts

1) OCTN Peer-Sharing Session

Date: Thurs. Nov. 22, 2018 – 1:30-2:30pm (EST)

Description: Community Transportation (CT) in Ontario and across Canada is currently being affected by a lot of change within several different contexts (e.g., economic, technological, political, etc.). This session will provide OCTN members, and others working in and around community transportation, with the opportunity to network and share information, strategies and/or opportunities being employed so as to continue to move initiatives forward, in spite of changing circumstances.

This peer-sharing session will kick-off a 3-part webinar series on the theme of Addressing CT within Current Contexts. The second session will focus on technology, and the third session will be a follow-up to the OCTN In-person Forum being held in Cobourg on Dec. 5th (see below for more information on these other sessions).

* To access the webinar slides & video recording, click here and look under Webinar Archives.

2) The Impact of Technological Advances on Community Transportation

Date: Wed. Nov. 28, 2018 – 1-2pm (EST)

Description: Transportation in our communities is changing, as new ride services such as Uber are expanding, and vehicle connectivity and automation is rapidly developing. These new technologies promise both opportunity and unique new risks. Autonomous vehicles and other transportation developments could reduce traffic, help solve parking challenges, and improve mobility for those who need it. But they could also cause new problems. The results we get will depend on choices communities make now before these technologies arrive.

In this webinar David Thurlow, of the consulting group Harmonize Mobility, will deliver an overview of the new transportation technologies headed for our towns & cities and discuss ideas for how these might be integrated in ways that benefit both urban & rural communities. Discover what has been learned from pilot projects in other areas, and consider regulatory options that put your municipality in the driver’s seat.

* To access the webinar slides & video recording, click here and look under Webinar Archives.

3) Using Collaboration to Deal with Challenges

Date: Thurs. Dec. 13, 2018 – 2-3pm (EST)

Description:  This session will wrap-up the webinar series and include presentations on Quinte Access and Connecting Northumberland. These two Community Transportation (CT) services in south eastern Ontario have been in operation in various capacities over the last 30 years. One of the keys to their success and survival has been ongoing collaboration and coordination with community partners and other CT programs. Shelly Ackers and Anne Newman will speak about their experiences and lessons learned, with questions and discussion to follow. If you would like to pose a related topic or question to be discussed, feel free to email us in advance at: info@octn.ca

To register for the Collaboration to Deal with Challenges webinar click here.

 

November 15 to December 31, 2018 / Guelph, ON

OCTN Training - Professional Dispatching and Scheduling (PDS)

Date: Mon. Dec. 3, 2018

Location: Holiday Inn - Guelph, ON

Cost: $100.00 per person * Coffee break & lunch provided

Description: The OCTN is offering a 1-day training session on Professional Dispatching and Scheduling (PDS). The PDS training program focuses on operational efficiency as well as customer service techniques. Those who successfully complete this course will have developed their expertise in maximizing the efficient delivery of demand-responsive transportation, conveying riders' requests into affordable and appropriate trips, and in making effective use of their system's transportation resources.

The Professional Dispatching and Scheduling training session will cover the following topics:

  • Relationship Among Reservationists, Schedulers and Dispatchers
  • Customer Driven Service
  • The Reservationist
  • The Scheduler
  • The Dispatcher
  • Dispatch Emergency Policies and Protocols

Instructor: Chris Zeilinger is Assistant Director at the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA), where he has worked since 1988. His areas of activity at CTAA encompass an array of technical assistance, training and professional development, transit technology, and helping guide the association’s policy agenda around topics of public transportation planning, programming and community participation.

Register for the PDS Training here. NOTE: This session is limited to 20 persons and will be held depending on interest.

 

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