Blog

This page contains current and past blog posts. OCTN members are encouraged to contribute to this page by suggesting a topic for a blog, or writing a guest blog article on current or pressing community transportation issues. You can send your ideas to: info@octn.ca.


By Vickie vanRavenswaay, Pelham Transit - With limited professional development funding, every year it is a challenge to determine which professional development opportunities to attend. Being new to the world of providing transit services for the community, in the past I would determine which sessions would be of benefit and attend this annual conference for a half day. This year I felt it was important to attend the full conference; to take in all the sessions, put faces to colleagues I had only spoken to over the past 2 years, and take advantage of the networking opportunities - which were priceless!


Over the next 5 years, through their Community Transportation Grant Program, the Ministry of Transportation - Ontario is helping 40 communities across the province to improve transportation services within and between communities to make it easier for people to get around.


Having worked on the pilot program for the past 3 years at MTO, I’m glad to be able to share some of my observations on the program evaluation and what I have learned… by Jeannie Lee, Senior Policy Advisor, MTO Transit Policy Branch


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.


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