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Semi-annual (orange) inspection sticker to be done away with by 2016
OMCA
MTO has informed OMCA they want to do away with the orange semi-annual sticker and instead use the yellow sticker for both the annual and semi-annual bus, school purpose vehicle and accessible vehicle inspection. The MTO's target date for a regulation change is Jan. 1, 2016. Despite this change, the semi-annual (6-month) inspection will continue to exclude inspection of internal brake components. Brake inspection at the 6-month inspection will be limited to visually accessible components. The advantage of this change is that MVIS stations will no longer have to stock two types of stickers. A new yellow sticker will be applied after each inspection. A disadvantage is that the yellow stickers cost $1.50 more (each) than the orange stickers ($2.50 each, compared to $1.00 each for the orange sticker).

In anticipation of the regulation amendment going through, MTO announced Jan. 6, 2015 that it will allow Class F (Fleet) MVIS Stations to begin using the yellow sticker instead of an orange sticker for the semi-annual inspection providing:

• The MVIS Fleet station chooses the same option for the full 12-month period for all buses, accessible vehicles and school purposes vehicles in their fleet
• Documented proof of internal brake inspection is on file confirming an inspection of internal components was done by an MVIS licensed mechanic within the preceding seven months as per the criteria in Section 3 of NSC Standard 11B and Regulation 611 MVIS. Stations can continue with the current yellow and orange sticker program at least until the end of 2015.
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Amendments to Ontario Regulation 199/07 Daily Inspections: Effective Jan. 1, 2015
OMCA
MTO has announced a number of amendments to the Daily Vehicle Inspection Regulation (Reg. 199/07) which are effective Jan. 1, 2015. Changes have been made to the three schedules that affect buses, school purposes buses, and school purposes vehicles.
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Restructuring Ontario Northland prepares to pick up steam
Northern Ontario Business
A new "transformational" era has arrived at a reformed Ontario Northland Transportation Commission and its interim CEO is urging everyone to get on board. Senior management at the North Bay-headquartered Crown agency are hitting the road for a series of town hall discussions in communities across northeastern Ontario to lay out their plans to transition into a new chapter.
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TTC and Metrolinx promise a raft of small but steady improvements in 2015
Metro News
The New Year has kicked off with a new gridlock-fighting mayor in Toronto and billions of dollars on the books in transit improvements for the region. The TTC has already launched a minor milestone by offering debit and credit payments at all 69 subway stations for purchases of $10 and more. Metrolinx has introduced an additional trip in the morning and evening on the busy Milton GO line.
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Liberty Village getting chartered bus service to Union Station
CP24
A chartered bus service that seeks to provide Liberty Village residents with an alternative to the cramped confines of the King streetcar will resume operations later this month after staging a successful one-week trial this past fall. Residents will be able to take the Liberty Village Express from East Liberty and Pirandello streets to Union Station every weekday morning and then back at the end of the day for a cost that equates to about $4.50 a ride.
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Pan Am Games deserves your attention
CBC News
Now that 2015 has officially arrived, it's time to take the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games to be held in Toronto this summer seriously. The facts are becoming impossible to ignore. With a total of 7,600 athletes from 41 nations comprising the Americas and Caribbean, competing in 51 sports at more than 30 venues in 17 southern Ontario municipalities, TO2015 constitutes the largest multisport event ever held in Canada. If sheer size is the determining factor they will arguably be the largest event the country has ever undertaken.
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Report: Don't axe downtown Hamilton bus-only lane
Hamilton Spectator
A long-awaited city report recommends keeping a tweaked version of the controversial bus-only lane on King Street despite vocal complaints from drivers and business owners. The report outlines a series of options for council, including extending the pilot project, making a modified version of the transit-only lane permanent, maintaining it temporarily through the Pan Am Games and abandoning the experiment completely.
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Traffic stops for TTC bus, even when there isn't one
Toronto Star
Traffic is already bad enough on Eglinton Ave. at Allen Rd. without adding to the delays for no good reason. Anyone who drives on Eglinton dreads the gridlock caused by never-ending construction on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT that has reduced it to one lane in each direction, near the Allen.
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School bus transportation procurement a 'mess' in Ontario; Student safety taking a back seat?
Canada Newswire
If the Ministry of Education does not soon step in and take much needed action to advise school boards on how to appropriately purchase and maintain student transportation services, these services may have to be cut, parents may have to pay for their kids to take the school bus, or be left with less safe alternatives for getting their kids to and from school.
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It's time to wake up to the dangers of drowsy driving
The Globe and Mail
Drunk driving has been on our radar for decades now. This article is about another dangerous driving condition, one that is frequently ignored or minimized by drivers: drowsiness.

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TTC rebrands its airport bus — the cheaper if not faster way to Pearson
Toronto Star
As Metrolinx officials have been fending off controversy about the fares for the new Union Pearson Express train, the TTC has been quietly putting the finishing touches on a new branding campaign for its own airport service.

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Ontario won't work with Canada Border Services Agency on road blitzes
OurWindsor.ca
Ontario will no longer allow the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to join the province's road safety blitzes, which federal agents have used to make arrests on immigration violations, the government announced recently.

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Ontario Jobs and Prosperity Fund: Working for Ontario
Government of Ontario
Ontario is focussing the Jobs and Prosperity Fund to further stimulate a globally competitive business climate in the province. The Jobs and Prosperity Fund is providing $2.5 billion over 10 years to enhance productivity, bolster innovation and grow Ontario's exports.
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Blocking streets could cost drivers up to $1,000
CTV News
Toronto Mayor John Tory making good on one of his proposed solutions to gridlock. An enforcement blitz has begun, signalling a new zero-tolerance approach for anyone blocking major roads during rush hour. Instead of just being ticketed, vehicles will be towed away at the owner's expense — no exceptions.
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Impact of plunging crude prices varies across the Western provinces
The Globe and Mail
There isn't a province in the country that isn't affected in some way by the plunge in oil prices. And the fallout is now being felt by premiers and their finance ministers across the land as they prepare new budgets.
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80-foot long electric bus concept from Poland: Uses fuel cells too
Green Car Reports
Aggressive promotion by carmakers is slowly getting the public used to the idea of electric vehicles, but probably not ones like this. This massive plug-in electric bus concept comes from Polish bus-maker Solaris — and it uses fuel cells too.
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