Provincewide Engagement Taking Place this Summer
Niagara Area Residents Interested In This Issue Should Mark Down The Following Place & Time To Make Sure Your Input On Improving Public Transit In The Niagara Region Is Heard – Niagara Falls: August 10th, 2016 9:00am – 12:00pm, Gale Centre Arena, Memorial Community Room
A Call-Out For Input from the Ontario Government
Queen’s Park, Ontario – As part of Ontario’s commitment to facilitate new and innovative travel options, the province is seeking input on how to improve public transportation between communities.
This summer, Ontario will be engaging with industry, stakeholders, communities and Indigenous peoples across the province about how to modernize bus services in the province.
Ontarians are encouraged to get involved in the conversation by:
- Registering to attend an in-person consultation session
- Reading the discussion paper and providing feedback on the Environmental Registry by Aug. 22, 2016
- Submitting ideas on Twitter@OnMinTransport, #OnIntercommunityBus
- Emailing the ministry at IntercityBus@o ntario.ca
- Writing to the ministry at 777 Bay Street, Suite 3000, Toronto, Ontario M7A 2J8.
Improving Ontario’s intercommunity bus service is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs.
The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education.
The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario’s history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses.
The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
- Intercommunity public transportation includes any service that operates between communities where the passenger pays a fare for the service.
- Ontario’s intercommunity bus industry provides a wide range of services to Ontario travellers, including scheduled and commuter services, charter, tour services and shuttle services, and home-school services and school charters.
- In Ontario, any vehicle that carries 10 or more passengers is considered to be a bus. In 2013, there were over 34,000 vehicles registered as a bus in Ontario. This includes transit buses, motor coaches and school buses.
- EBR discussion paper
- Decision Notice for the 2015 Environmental Registry posting
- Intercommunity bus engagement web portal
“The intercommunity bus industry plays a critical role in Ontario’s transportation system and it is vitally important to promote the health and sustainability of this industry. We are committed to working with our partners as we develop recommendations on modernizing and appropriately regulating it to ensure it remains an attractive and affordable travel option. We encourage Ontarians to join the conversation.” — Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
Engagement consultations will take place during July and August in the following communities:
Owen Sound: July 12th, 2016 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Bayshore Community Centre, Shore Room 2, map
Orillia: July 13th, 2016 9:00am – 12:00pm, West Orillia Sports Complex,Tournament Room, map
Kenora: July 19th, 2016 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Clarion Inn, Rosewood Terrace, map
Thunder Bay: July 21st, 2016 9:00am – 12:00pm, Italian Cultural Centre, Galileo Room, map
North Bay: July 26th, 2016 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Nipissing University, 100 College Drive, Small Cafeteria, map
Sudbury: July 28th, 2016 9:00am – 12:00pm, United Steelworker’s Hall & Conference Centre, Second Hall, map
Sault Ste. Marie: August 3rd, 2016 9:00am – 12:00pm, John Rhodes Community Centre, Meeting Room 2, map
Timmins: August 4th, 2016 9:00am – 12:00pm, Ramada Timmins, Salon A, map
Niagara Falls: August 10th, 2016 9:00am – 12:00pm, Gale Centre Arena, Memorial Community Room, map
Toronto: August 11th, 2016 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Ryerson University, International Living & Learning Centre, International Room, map
London: August 16th, 2016 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Fanshawe College, 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd, Classroom: M3048, map
Sarnia: August 17th, 2016 9:00am – 12:00pm, Clearwater Community Centre, Lower Hall, map
Kingston: August 18th, 2016 9:00am – 12:00pm, City Hall, Memorial Hall, map
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