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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.


The Ontario Community Transportation Network (OCTN) held its final webinar in a 3-part series on the theme Addressing Community Transportation within Current Contexts on the afternoon of December 13, 2018. The title of this webinar was “Using Collaboration to Deal with Challenges” and two guest speakers from Connecting Northumberland and Quinte Access addressed the topic. 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 various community partners and other CT programs.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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