OMCA Report
Sep. 26, 2014

MTO Curriculum Development Workshops for Recognized Authorities
OMCA
As previously reported in OMCA Report, MTO is conducting regional workshops for Recognized Authorities to help with training curriculum development to meet the new MTO DCP curriculum standards. READ MORE to view sessions that have been scheduled to date.More

Marketplace: Additional appointments, preliminary schedules posted Oct. 7
OMCA
Thank you to all of our delegates who have made their initial appointment selections for Marketplace. Preliminary schedules will be posted to the Event Passport by end-of-day on Tuesday, Oct. 7. Between Oct. 7 to Oct. 14, delegates are invited to make additional appointment requests, space permitting. Reminders will go out to all appointment-taking delegates as we get closer to the date. More

Marketplace: OMCA Buyer/Seller Round Table
OMCA
The Buyer/Seller Round Table has become one of the more popular interactive sessions at Marketplace. If you plan on attending Marketplace and would like to participate in the Round Table, please contact Christine Loo at christine@omca.com. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Oct. 10. Thank you to those who've already signed up. The Buyer/Seller Round Table will be held on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. We look forward to seeing you in Ottawa! More

Waiting for Ontario's first green bond: A $500 million raise for light rail transit
Financial Post
Within a couple of weeks, the government of Ontario is expected to bring to market its issue of first green bonds, a special type of security "where the issue proceeds are utilized to fund projects with specific environmental benefits." Ontario also nominated five eligible project types that all have environmental benefits: clean transportation; energy efficiency and conservation; clean energy and technology; forestry, agriculture and land management; and climate adaption and resilience. More

Could a crowdfunded bus soon serve Liberty Village?
Global News
Toronto's next bus route might be downtown, east-west and open to only a select few if a crowdfunding effort is successful. Dubbed 'Line Six Transit,' the idea is to crowdfund bus lines to run along custom-built routes with the fundraisers being guaranteed seats on the bus.More

VIA Rail had to pay competitors $1.7 million to transport stranded passengers last year
National Post
VIA Rail doled out nearly $2 million to its competitors last year when its trains couldn't get passengers to their destinations, the most the Crown corporation has paid for alternate transportation in the past five years. In 2013, VIA Rail spent $1.7 million so that vehicles such as buses and taxis could transport stranded train passengers to wherever their ticket was supposed to take them. More

GO closer to all-day Kitchener-Toronto rail service
Toronto Sun
The Ontario government spent just over $76 million to purchase a 53-kilometre stretch of CN Rail line as a step toward all-day GO Transit between Kitchener and Toronto. "By purchasing the CN track on the Kitchener line, this helps us add more train trips, improve reliability and help get more people to their destination sooner," Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said.More

Fingerprint, retina scans considered for border crossing security
CBC News
Canadian and U.S. security officials are considering new advanced technology features, such as fingerprinting and retina scanning, to improve the border crossing between Windsor, ON, and Detroit. Delegates to the U.S. and Canada Border Conference in Detroit learned how security will change once the new cross-border bridge is constructed between west Windsor and Detroit, and set to open in 2020. More

First Union-Pearson Express trains arrive in Toronto
blogTO
A direct rail link between downtown and Pearson Airport becoming close to reality. The first pair of diesel Union-Pearson Express trains are now in Toronto, making test runs out of Union Station. More

Ontario putting $74 million more into Pan Am Games budget
Toronto Sun
The Ontario government is putting an extra $74 million into the growing Pan Am Games budget and has not ruled out spending more on security in response to international terrorist threats. More

October P.R.I.D.E. Program sold out
OMCA
A very high demand for the Oct. 19-24 P.R.I.D.E. Program this year has it completely filled at this time. A waiting list has been started. The next regularly scheduled program is Jan. 11-16, 2015.More

Kitchener tour company has come a long way
The Record
When Larry Hundt was a student at the University of Waterloo in 1969, he hired buses to carry students back to their homes in the Greater Toronto Area on Friday evenings and return with them on Sunday nights. "It was a crazy market at the university at the time," he says. More

Smartwatches the new frontier in distracted driving
PurchasingB2B
Is using a smartwatch behind the wheel a ticketable offence under the country's distracted driving laws? It's up to the police to decide, says Ontario's transportation ministry. We're not sure yet, says a spokesman for Ontario's provincial police force. More