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Online registration is now open for Ontario Transportation Expo (OTE)
OMCA via OTE
OTE is just eleven weeks away — April 12-15, 2015. OTE 2015 promises to offer excellent education sessions and networking opportunities. Get the latest information on key industry topics that affect your operations and discover new tools to improve your organization. OTE is the place to expand your professional network and elevate your business. Take a look at the "program-at-a-glance" and you'll see how this year's OTE business session lineup covers many of the topics and issues facing the bus industry today. Reserve your place today by registering on-line at www.ote.ca.
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Abusing Pan Am HOV lanes will cost you
Toronto Sun
Drivers stewing in traffic this summer — while Pan Am Games officials and athletes breeze by on special express routes — risk a $110 fine and three demerit points if they try to sneak into the fast lane. High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes will be introduced on all major GTA highways to allow Pan Am Games officials, athletes and media to move easily through the region's gridlock.
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Byford seeks millions to buy buses, create jobs
City News
The head of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is seeking millions of dollars to hire more employees and buy new buses. CEO Andy Byford delivered his pitch to the budget committee recently — day three of a four-day session to review the proposed 2015 budget.
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Province says ONTC not for sale
North Bay Nugget
Ontario Northland is not for sale, according to Northern Development and Mine's Office. Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle said the government has been clear — Ontario Northland Transportation Corporation's motor coach, Polar Bear Express, rail freight, and refurbishment services will remain in public hands.
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Mayor John Tory's traffic crackdown extended to out-of-province plates
Toronto Star
Mayor John Tory is extending his tough take on lane blocking and illegal parking to out-of-towners by threatening to tow habitual offenders with out-of-province licence plates. The hope is that the inconvenience and $200-plus towing charge will be "a significant deterrent" to the owners of vehicles licensed outside Ontario, who often flout the traffic rules.
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Tory wants to ease Pan Am Games traffic restrictions
Toronto Sun
Thee province needs to ease up restrictive traffic rules set for this summer's Pan Am Games, Mayor John Tory said. Ontario's Ministry of Transportation should change the rules of use for high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes during the games this summer, Tory said.

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Sorry, Toronto commuters: Liberty Village bus will not be back on the road
CTV News
A privately-run bus service that was supposed to provide TTC-weary commuters with an alternative to the crowded 504 King streetcar will not be returning to the road after all.

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Could private transit be the better way?
Toronto Star
Scrappy startups are hardly going to replace an institution with a typical weekday ridership of some 1.6 million. But the experience of other big cities suggests that the private sector might yet have a role to play in improving the embattled Toronto Transit Commission.

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TOinTransit: TTC fare increase not terrible if service improves
InsideToronto.com
Lost in the hoopla surrounding the recent $95 million TTC budget announcement is the fact Metropass users will once again face a stiff cost increase. The new money is earmarked for a wide variety of immediate improvements such as boosting service pre-2011 levels and providing free and unlimited transit access for all kids 12 and under.
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10 favourite winter road trip destinations in Southwestern Ontario
Wheels.ca
My grandma used to always tell me that winter was a great time of year if you were a penguin or a polar bear. She may have been right, but it's also a great time to enjoy the beauty of Ontario and take in the great outdoors (even if it's from the comfort of your car). I asked some friends and family for their nominations for favourite winter destinations in Southwestern Ontario. In no particular order, here is a great list of places to check out this winter.
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New $35 million Windsor border plaza
windsoriteDOTca
Windsor's new tunnel plaza has officially opened after 11 years of planning. The need to reduce traffic backups that spilled onto city streets following 9/11 was what prompted both the federal and provincial governments to invest in updating the plaza, which includes an advanced queuing "loop" of road to keep cars off Wyandotte.
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Traffic updates in real time thanks to new social media presence for cops
Seaway News
A new social media presence for Cornwall police means updates in real time for all things traffic in the city. Police are now active on Twitter (@CCPStraffic) and Facebook (Facebook.com/ccpstraffic) with regular daily updates on things like traffic tie-ups in Cornwall, accidents and even weather-related hazards.
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Ontarians share their ideas to help build Ontario up
Government of Ontario
The Ontario government is inviting individuals and organizations from every corner of the province to provide their input and ideas for the 2015 Ontario Budget. Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, was recently in Mississauga as part of a provincewide tour of pre-budget consultations, which will include in-person sessions and telephone town halls, reaching out to as many communities and organizations as possible.
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Transit App gains even more data points with Car2Go partnership
MobileSyrup
Transit App has grown into a worldwide sensation, topping transit riders' lists across North America and Europe. It was recently selected as the official transit app for Toronto's TTC ridership. Today, the Montreal-based startup has added another data point to its extensive database with a Car2Go partnership, displaying all the nearby lots and their availability.
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The state of email marketing in the travel industry
Skift
Email marketing has entered an era of maturity and travel brands, like never before, are poised to reach consumers in new and innovative ways. As the number of email users increases, globally, and as the open rates across platforms — but especially in the mobile space — rise, the time for marketers to fully implement email targeting and personalization strategies is now.
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Expedia, Travelocity, Sabre and consumers all win in acquisition
By Judy Connors
Nearly two years after the companies forged a marketing and technology partnership, Expedia recently announced that it had acquired Travelocity for a purchase price of $280 million. Travelocity, a travel-booking site owned by Sabre Corporation, was created in 1996 and was the first site to enable consumers to book airline flights online. The purchase is the logical follow-up to a 2013 agreement between the two travel sites whereby Expedia has been powering Travelocity's websites and providing Travelocity access to Expedia's hotel supply and customer service program.
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