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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

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.

September 12, 2018

The Impact of Provincial Gas Tax Cuts on Community Transportation

A half day Forum on the Gas Tax was hosted by Transport Futures in Toronto on July 25th, 2018. Speakers discussed the economic, social and environmental aspects of gasoline pricing and gas taxes. It included experts from within academia, business, and the non-profit sector. The forum was organized as a result of the current Government of Ontario’s plan to lower provincial gas taxes by as much as 10 cents per litre.

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 register for the Peer-Sharing webinar click here.

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.

Register here for the Technology webinar.

NOTE: This webinar presentation will be expanded on in greater detail during The End of Driving Workshop, a full-day event for municipal leaders and planners on Dec. 6, 2018 in Mississauga – see below for further info.

3) OCTN Forum Follow-up & Next Steps

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

Description: This session will wrap-up the webinar series and be a follow-up to the OCTN In-person Forum on Dec. 5th. Discussions will also cover topics raised during the first and second webinars. To pose a topic or question to be discussed, please email us in advance at: info@octn.ca

To register for the Forum Follow-Up & Next Steps webinar click here.

NOTE: You do not need to have attended the In-person Forum on Dec. 5th to participate in this webinar. However, if you would also like to register for the Forum please see below.

 

November 1 to December 31, 2018 / Cobourg

OCTN Forum

Date: Dec. 5, 2018

Location: Best Western Plus, Cobourg, ON

Description: Speakers from community organizations, Quinte Access Transportation and Community Care Northumberland (more to be added), will share the success stories & challenges of coordinating and managing community transportation. The morning speakers will be followed by small group table discussions with a focus on the future of the OCTN.

Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. - Presentations start at 10:00 a.m.

* Light lunch provided - Tickets are $20.00

Register here

 

November 18 to 21, 2018 / Metro Convention Centre in Toronto

CUTA Conference

The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) has released the program for their Annual Conference and Transit Show to be held Nov. 18 - 21, 2018, at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto. The event’s theme is: Putting the customer at the heart of transit. For registration details, click here.

 

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