OMCA Report
Jun. 20, 2014

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What do you want to read about in The Road Explorer?
We'd like to hear from you the members on what you want to read about in future issues of The Road Explorer. Let us know what interests you or what concerns you have in the coach, group travel, and tourism industry. Please send your ideas to Christine Loo at christine@omca.comMore

Long-running Toronto airport shuttle to shut down due to gridlock, new Union-Pearson rail link
National Post
A 21-year-old Toronto airport shuttle will shut down service in the coming months due to downtown gridlock and the promise of a new rail line to Pearson, officials said recently. The Toronto Airport Express, which runs buses for 20 hours a day, seven days a week, has operated from downtown to Pearson Airport since 1993. But service will stop for good in October.More

Hornblower makes a splash
Travel Industry Today
Hornblower Niagara Cruises has made a big splash with the ultimate threesome in the company's latest and most daring feat to date. Is it any wonder Niagara Falls' newest addition to hit this side of the border is pegged "Niagara Wonder?" And to boot there's a Niagara Thunder and a smaller Niagara Guardian, the names of the three new vessels from Hornblower Cruises now plying the Niagara Gorge. More

GO Transit adds more weekend train trips for summer
With spring turning into summer, GO Transit has added more weekend Lakeshore line train trips. Additional morning and evening trips are planned for both the Lakeshore east and west lines on Saturdays, while Sundays will see six new eastbound and seven westbound trips added to make the number of trips on both days the same. More

Proterra, an electric bus maker, aims to follow the Tesla model
Bloomberg Businessweek
The 10-year-old company's 40-foot, emission-free bus can carry 80 passengers at a whisper. Depending on electricity rates, each bus requires $5,000 to $10,000 worth of juice per year, compared with annual costs of about $50,000 per diesel bus or $30,000 for one that uses natural gas. More

OPP targets unsafe commercial vehicles and drivers
The Manitoulin Expositor
Members of the Sudbury Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in partnership with members from the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) will be working together for Operation Corridor, an important annual highway safety initiative that raises awareness among commercial vehicle drivers about safe operation and maintenance of transport trucks and other large commercial vehicles. More

Did your granddad ride this bus?
The Washington Post
Got the middle of the work week blues? Need something to celebrate? How about the 100th anniversary of intercity bus travel? That's the party at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where the folks at Greyhound have brought along buses that span the century. More

So you want to be Toronto's mayor? What's your transit plan?
The Huffington Post
When it comes to mayoral hopefuls in Toronto, there is good news and bad news. The good news is the leading four contenders look and sound significantly better than incumbent Rob Ford does. The bad news is they still do not exude the visionary dynamism needed for the city of 2.5 million. More

It's now easier to travel across the U.S. by bus
Travelling by bus is often cheap, but it can be a pain to organize trips across long distances. Wanderu, the booking service that provides travelers with bus and train itineraries across companies, is expanding its coverage to hundreds of destinations in the Midwestern United States. Although buses lack glamour, bus travel is often the best option for U.S. travelers on a budget. More

New bus cameras could be used like nanny cams, union warns
Ottawa Citizen
Cameras installed on new OC Transpo buses could double as nanny cams to spy on workers, the head of the local bus driver union told the transit commission recently. Craig Watson, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 279, asked for restrictions on the proposed camera policy to ensure cameras wouldn't be used to monitor employees, unless there was a possibility of criminal activity.More

Michigan International Speedway transforms a motorcoach for its annual Extreme Bus Makeover
When Ken Schneider of Brantford, ON, last came to Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in February, he dropped off a rusty 1973 MCI Motorcoach. He recently returned to NASCAR's fastest track and was in for a surprise. More

Bus operators ramp up PR battle
London Free Press
Yellow may be anything but mellow for Ontario Liberals in a much-anticipated spring election. The possibility that yellow school buses will dog Grits on the campaign trail, is very real, says the executive director of the Ontario Independent School Bus Operators Association. More

Offbeat road trips are on the rise
By Archita Datta Majumdar
During the recession, vacationers had to come up with innovative and inexpensive ways to satiate their wanderlust. They needed to get away, yet do it in the most economical way possible. Cutting down on air fares was the first thing that came to mind, so they turned to the road. Soon, this economical practice showed its innate promise of freedom and wonder. Now that they have had the taste of the adventure, Americans want more. The buzzword for 2014 is offbeat vacations, which are easy trips with something new in store. More

Resorts of Ontario 2014 Summer Marketing Campaign and Contest underway
Digital Journal
Resorts of Ontario, an association representing over 100 of Ontario's finest resort hotels, country inns, lodges and housekeeping cottage resorts, has just launched their comprehensive new 2014 Summer Marketing Campaign for participating Resorts of Ontario accommodation properties. The marketing campaign will provide tremendous exposure for participating resorts through extensive print and digital advertising, and targeted mailings. More

Stintz calls for Metrolinx to be clear on Scarborough subway at mayoral debate
With the election of the Liberals to a provincial majority government, the Scarborough subway debate is over, according to one Toronto mayoral candidate. Karen Stintz also called on Metrolinx to clarify its position in supporting a three-stop subway extension of the Bloor-Danforth line into Scarborough, a move adopted by the former TTC chair and a majority of city council, as part of recent decision which reversed an earlier fully funded plan to replace the aging Scarborough RT with an LRT line. More