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Toronto City Council Approves Six New (Free) On-street Bus Parking Spaces Near Toronto City Hall
OMCA
As reported in OMCA Report last fall, redevelopment of Nathan Phillips Square in front of Toronto's City Hall resulted in the loss of some free on-street bus parking spaces on Queen Street and the remaining two (at the east end) are signed for bus loading and unloading only, and not for parking. OMCA questioned the City as to why they have preserved parking space for four food trucks, spaces that could and should have been allocated to buses.

City staff listened to our concerns and went to work on establishing additional free on-street bus parking spaces for groups visiting City Hall. We were advised this week that City Council has approved the designation of six new (free) on-street bus parking spaces, three on Armoury Street (north side) and three on Chestnut Street (west side), just northwest of City Hall with easy pedestrian access to Nathan Phillips Square (click on 'read more' to view map). These spaces have now been signed for bus parking only with a time limit of 2 hours. If your drivers see these spaces occupied by other vehicles, please inform Dave Carroll at dave@omca.com so we can advise Toronto Parking Enforcement.
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Help Support the Mary Lynn Higgins Youth Fund At Its Annual Pub Night
OMCA
The Mary Lynn Higgins Youth Fund will be holding its Annual Pub Night & Silent Auction on Thursday, February 20 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto. Tickets are $50 in advance, and $65 at the door. All proceeds directly fund scholarships for disadvantaged Canadian youth under 18 to travel with their classmates on school-sanctioned trips. For more information, visit www.marylynnhigginsyouthfund.org.
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Toronto to increase parking fines to smooth rush-hour gridlock
CTV News
The City of Toronto hopes to streamline gridlock with a new system of fines for drivers who park in no-stopping zones, in addition to a lengthened rush hour period. Toronto will crack down on rogue drivers with a five-pronged approach to ensure the city's transportation system operates as efficiently as possible.
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Coach tour holidays are developing ever more adventurous and exciting itineraries for 2014
Mirror.co.uk
Relax with a tea or coffee and get used to watching the world go by from the superb comfort of your seat. Coaching holidays these days mean ever more adventurous and exciting itineraries matched to fleets of modern, green and safety-first vehicles.
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Canada gets another five-diamond hotel as the Four Seasons Toronto joins the club
Toronto Star
The Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto's Yorkville area joins a select group as it becomes only the fifth five-diamond hotel in Canada. Meanwhile, Quebec City scores a pair of new five-diamond restaurants and Chicago equals New York in the five-diamond restaurant category.
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San Francisco solution to Silicon Valley luxury bus fight called 'a joke'
The Globe and Mail
San Francisco's transportation agency recently agreed to charge Google, Apple and other tech companies $1 every time one of their commuter shuttles uses a public bus stop, in a deal that seems unlikely to end the recent wave of technology industry-backlash among some residents.
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Liberty Coach looks to top record performance of 2013
PRWeb
Like most businesses, Liberty Coach starts each year looking to improve on its performance over the prior 12 months. This year, however, it may prove harder to do than usual. "Every coach we built in 2013 we sold in 2013," said Liberty V.P. and co-owner Frank Konigseder Jr. "We've never done that before. It means we're starting 2014 with no more 2014 coaches to sell. The entire coach model year is sold out."
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Tourism stats up in October
Bullet News Niagara
October was a good month for tourism in Ontario. That month, total visits to Ontario grew by three per cent compared to the same month a year earlier. The number of entries to Ontario from the United States increased by 2.8 per cent.
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Top tips for travel in cold weather
By Suzanne Mason
Recently, the "polar vortex" dropped temperatures across the U.S. to negative digits. It also left thousands of people who were trying to reach their destinations stranded. Between Jan. 2-7, more than 27,000 flights were canceled. It is important to know what to do when you're scrambling to reschedule your flight or looking for accommodations while stranded. To stay ahead of "Old Man Winter," here are some tips when it comes to travelling in cold weather.
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U.S. government issues new regulations to make it easier to shut down unsafe bus, truck companies
Courier-Islander
Intercity bus and truck companies with a continuing history of safety problems will be easier to shut down under regulations published online recently by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, an agency under fire for its oversight of the industries.

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Megabus.com wins American Bus Association's Green Operator Award for 2014
Travel Daily News
Megabus.com has won the American Bus Association's (ABA) 2014 Green Operator Award. Megabus.com was selected by motorcoach industry peers after an extensive review of operations.

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Lessons learned in bus tours
By Jack Webber
I have learned a few things during my many years as a motorcoach driver, and I would like to pass some of them on in the hope that others will learn from my mistakes.

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Great Spirit Circle Trail CEO takes on Tourism Northern Ontario role
The Manitoulin Expositor
Great Spirit Circle Trail CEO Kevin Eshkawkogan has been one of the leading advocates for boosting Northern Ontario tourism, most recently stepping forward to fill the role of vice president of Northern Ontario Tourism, the umbrella organization formerly known by the enigmatic appellation RTO 13 (Regional Tourism Organization 13).
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Voices raised over transit loss
Bayshore Broadcasting
Many voices are being raised on the issue of public transportation for rural Ontario. The Municipality of Central Huron has asked the upper tier to look into the loss of the Owen Sound to London bus service.
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