OMCA Report
Jan. 3, 2014

10. OMCA response to North Bay Nugget article 'ONTC turns down Battalion'
From May 10, 2013: Following the publication of the North Bay Nugget article regarding the ONTC, OMCA President Doug Switzer wrote the author of the article to respond to the story. In his email he told the reporter the following.More

9. Greyhound taps airline pricing models to boost profit
From May 24, 2013: Greyhound has turned to pricing models used by the airline industry as it seeks a ticketing system capable of boosting profitability by charging more for travel during peak periods. FirstGroup, the U.K. company that owns Greyhound, will spend as much $40 million on computerized yield-management technology to replace Greyhound's flat-rate charging plan, and has engaged a U.S. carrier to help with the design. More

8. Bus operators to Burley: Hip-hip-hoo-RAY!
Today's Trucking
From Nov. 29, 2013: The voice of Ontario's busing industry—the Ontario Motor Coach Association (OMCA)— paid homage to a prominent member of the trucking community recently by presenting Ray Burley with the OMCA's most prestigious prize: a Lifetime Achievement Award. More

7. MTO meets with industry stakeholders on changes to Driver Certification Program (DCP)
From June 28, 2013: MTO met with approximately 140 Recognized Authorities (RAs) or their designees and industry associations (including OMCA) for a half-day to discuss the future of MTO's Driver Certification Program. MTO is making significant modifications to DCP to tighten up program oversight, increase program integrity and for the program to be administered by MTO on a "full cost recovery" basis. More

6. Motor coach magnate's life filled with success and adventure
The Record
From June 14, 2013: Nelles Lishman might not have been a warm or involved type of dad, but he left a legacy for his family that is hard not to admire. Recognized as an industry leader, Nelles was named to the Ontario Motor Coach Association Industry Hall of Fame in 1995, following a career that saw him build Lishman Coach Lines with his brother Ross into a thriving, multi-faceted corporation. More

5. Stratford Festival launches $20 bus service from downtown Toronto
Toronto Star
From May 17, 2013: Show up at the corner of Front and Simcoe, in front of the Intercontinental Hotel, at either 10 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. on a performance day and you'll find a sleek new coach waiting for you. I took the ride both ways recently and found it a delightful experience. The roomy, air-conditioned vehicle is so recent that it still has that "new car" smell about it and the seats are comfortable, adjustable and provide plenty of leg-room. More

4. Gardiner Expressway repairs will slow traffic for years
Toronto Star
From Oct. 25, 2013: The future of the crumbling Gardiner Expressway may remain unclear but one thing is certain: short-term repairs to downtown Toronto's main commuter artery can't wait. There are currently eight projects underway along the 18-kilometre highway: more than $100 million worth of fixes from repairing off-ramps and medians to replacing of 800 metres of actual elevated roadway. More

3. The world's 10 coolest buses
From Sept. 6, 2013: If you've ever been stuck riding the 'hound across the Heartland, you know that buses aren't exactly the first thing to spring to mind when you think of cool transportation options. Nevertheless, there are a handful of buses even the most hardened motor head would love to add to a collection. More

2. Looking to live outside the law? Become a tour bus driver
The Globe and Mail
From Aug. 30, 2013: Ever wanted to be above the law? Well, dear reader, there is a way to drive with impunity. You can drive how you want, park how you want, jam up traffic whenever you want, and never even get a sideways glance. Anyone can and it's not as difficult as you think. All you have to do is drive a tour bus. More

1. OMCA responds to The Globe and Mail's attack on tour buses
From Sept. 6, 2013: Andrew Clark's Aug. 21 article: "Looking to live outside the law? Become a tour bus operator" certainly proves the old adage that you should never let the facts get in the way of a good rant. His argument that tour bus operators are somehow immune to parking laws is not only utterly false, it ignores the fact that buses are actually discriminated against in the parking fine structure.More