OMCA Report
Apr. 3, 2015

Ontario Transportation Expo (OTE) Update
It's not too late to participate in the Ontario Transportation Expo (OTE) — April 12-15, 2015. Full and daily registration, and exhibitor and sponsorship options are still available.

• Program-at-a-glance:
• List of exhibitors:
• An excellent chance to see equipment, parts, products, technology and services in a "one-stop shopping" environment. Free admission!
• Conference registration: More

Pan Am Games organizers reach out to Vancouver officials for tips on fighting gridlock
In their effort to fight congestion during this summer's Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, organizers in Ontario are taking cues from those who have been there, done that. Transportation planners involved in preparing for the international competition have been consulting their counterparts in Vancouver, which hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, and say they've learned from their predecessor's victories and challenges.More

Vote for the worst road in Ontario and in your region
Canada Newswire
This past February was one of the coldest months on record in southern Ontario. As the ice-covered snow banks melt away, a clear picture of our pothole-ridden streets is revealed. But the annual Worst Roads Campaign is not just about potholes — CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) also wants your feedback on traffic congestion, poor timing of traffic signals, confusing road signs, as well as pedestrian and cycling safety. More

Bike lanes called for on new Windsor-Detroit bridge
CBC News
Windsor West NDP MP Brian Masse will demand that bike lanes be part of the $1 billion Windsor-Detroit when he speaks Wednesday at the Ontario Bike Summit in Toronto. He wants the new crossing to follow other examples around the world by accommodating cyclists and pedestrians along with cars and trucks.More

Toronto Police launch crackdown on Uber drivers
The Globe and Mail
Toronto Police have executed a crackdown on UberX drivers, the latest escalation in a series of confrontations between city authorities and the U.S.-based ride-sharing company. More

The top 5 credit cards in Canada for travel rewards
Global News
In the researchers' seventh annual rankings, BMO's World Elite MasterCard emerges as the best value out of a credit card landscape consisting of some 80 cards issued by the big banks and other Canadian financial institutions. More

Ontario Northland closing motor coach stations
Canada Newswire
Transformation is underway at Ontario Northland and we are focused on increasing our efficiency, containing our costs and increasing revenue. Our motor coach services are vital to Northern Ontario and we need to streamline our services in order to be sustainable. More

Pan Am organizers start the 100-day countdown
Toronto Star
It's a little more than 100 days from the Pan Am Games opening ceremony, and staff attending a planning meeting in a packed seventh-floor lakeside office are still trying to figure out how they'+ll feed 50,000 contract workers during the Games. There's also a "golf cart plan" that's still "in development," and the first rollout of colour-coded access passes (for workers, officials, athletes and media) to be coordinated. More

7 ways to make Toronto a world-class city again
The Globe and Mail
The grinding transit debate has sucked all the energy out of the city. Understandably, as transit, along with the daunting need to reinvent Toronto's public-housing system, are major challenges. They are, however, not all a big city is about. And make no mistake, Toronto is now a significant global city. The stakes are higher: the city's current boom was not accidental, and continued prosperity cannot be taken for granted. It depends on investing to maintain that position. More

Pilot project will see swing bridge open twice per hour
The Manitoulin Expositor
Recent news from the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) was released stating that for the first time in the century-plus history of the Little Current Swing Bridge, during the busy summer months the bridge will now be swinging every half hour. The Ontario government announced that recent market analysis has shown that the summer of 2015 is expected to be a busy one for boating tourists, thanks in part to the low value of the Canadian dollar, which will benefit our American neighbours, and the drop in gas prices.More

Does investing in social media advertising pay for hoteliers?
Hospitality Net
I recently presented at the 2015 EyeForTravel Social and Mobile Strategies conference on "Navigating the Pay-to-Play Social Media Landscape." In this talk I discussed how to invest wisely in social media advertising to ensure return on investment, and ways to use social media advertising to reach the right audience at the right time throughout every touch point of the travel planning journey.More

Ontario investing $25 million in cycling infrastructure
Government of Ontario
As part of Ontario's 20-year #CycleON strategy, the province is moving forward with a $25-million investment over three years to create a more cycling-friendly future for the province. This includes $15 million for cycling routes that provide key connections and linkages on provincial highways, such as paved highway shoulders and barriers on bridges that separate cyclists from vehicles. More