Input sought on Ontario’s intercommunity transport systems

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Intercommunity buses play a critical role in Ontario

Ontario is seeking input on how to improve public transportation between communities, as part of a commitment to facilitate new and innovative travel option

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.

Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, said: “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.”

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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 [email protected], #OnIntercommunityBus
  • Emailing the ministry at [email protected]
  • Writing to the ministry at 777 Bay Street, Suite 3000, Toronto, Ontario M7A 2J8.

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. – CINEWS

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