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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.
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).
During this past summer, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) held 13 in-person consultation sessions across the province seeking input on modernizing and reforming the intercommunity/city bus system. Something that was clear at all of these sessions is that Ontario’s transportation needs have evolved, that people are travelling in new and different ways, and that the intercommunity bus services and the regulatory environment have not kept up with the evolving landscape.
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Whether one is travelling to visit family and friends, going to an appointment, or accessing goods and services not available locally, intercity buses – those that travel between cities and towns – are critical to meeting the transportation needs of communities within Ontario. For this reason, it is important to consider the role that intercity buses play in your community, both now and in the future.
The Moving Ahead on Rural and Community Transportation event was held on March 29th, 2016, in Sutton, ON. The Rural Ontario Institute (ROI), partnered with the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition (OHCC) & HC Link, and Routes Connecting Communities to organize and host this forum for rural and community transportation stakeholders.