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CT Pilots Present at OGRA Conference

Date: February 28, 2018

The Challenge of Change was the theme of this year’s Ontario Good Roads Association conference, so a session on Community Transportation (CT) fit in well. Delegates had a chance to hear about Building Effective Rural Transportation Options from a couple of municipalities in the province, as representatives from the CT Pilot Program projects in Lennox & Addington County (the Greater Napanee area and beyond) and the Town of Pelham (Niagara Region) presented on their initiatives.

On the afternoon of January 18, 2018 over 100 people attended a webinar presented by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) on applying to their new Community Transportation (CT) Grant Program. The webinar provided useful information for potential applicants to the “Municipal Stream” of the program.

Ministry of Transportation announces new Community Transportation Grant Program.

As part of the Ontario Transportation Expo (OTE) Conference and Trade Show, held in Toronto from April 9-12th 2017, there was a session on Community Transportation (CT) that highlighted four of the CT pilot projects currently funded by the Ministry of Transportation – Ontario (MTO).

Over 50 people gathered together just north of Barrie, Ontario on Thursday March 9th, 2017 to learn what has been done in the USA to “make the case” for Community Transportation (CT) and how it can inform action & investment here in Canada. The event was so well received that a webinar on the topic was also held on March 24th as a means of sharing the information presented with others across the province.

Working with School Bus Operators

Date: February 23, 2017

School bus operators do more than simply provide transportation for students to elementary and secondary schools. They also offer transportation services to other members of the community and to different destinations. For some municipalities, working with school bus operators is integral to meeting local transportation needs.

On Tuesday November 15th, 2016 community stakeholders, leaders and key decision-makers from across different sectors came together to discuss a plan for addressing transportation issues in Haliburton County. Over 70 people attended a day-long event to listen to several speakers from surrounding regions talk about their innovative services.

Coordinating community transportation can be a cost-effective way to build transportation capacity by optimizing existing services and using available resources more efficiently. It involves“following a process and implementing strategies that address the disconnected nature of multiple community transportation providers in a county or region” (Towards Coordinated Rural Transportation: A Resource Document, Dillon Consulting Ltd., Rural Ontario Institute: August 2014, p.7).

Community Care Northumberland held an event at the end of October to share information about their rural transportation services and highlight the initial results from their Measuring Rural Community Vitality project, which focuses on evaluating the impact of their expanding transportation services.

As Facilitator of the Ontario Community Transportation Network (OCTN), I had the opportunity to participate in an enlightening stakeholder consultation meeting that was held in July as part of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) Northern Ontario Multi-Modal Transportation Strategy (NOMTS).