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End in sight to charter bus exemption under IRP
OMCA
OMCA met with MTO officials this week in Downsview to discuss the proposal put forth by the International Registration Plan (IRP) to eliminate the 40-year old exemption that allowed charter buses to travel to or through most states and provinces with their home registration plates. Coach operators may recall back in 2011 when member jurisdictions of IRP voted on a motion to eliminate the charter bus exemption.
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OMCA's Driver Licence Status Check detects hundreds of downgraded and invalid licences — and drivers with 'Code W' medical condition
OMCA
Last Tuesday, OMCA conducted the 3rd licence status check of the year.The licence status for 48,300 drivers (our largest number ever) was checked against the MTO driver database and a report was provided to each subscriber identifying drivers with a licence discrepancy. Subscribers could then contact drivers whose licences have been downgraded or suspended to pre-empt any possibility of a driver getting involved in an accident or incident while holding an improper or suspended licence.

As with past status checks (this was our 23rd quarterly check) many subscribers were surprised by their results, thankful that our system caught these problems before anything happened. The status check report also flags drivers having a "Code W" medical condition that prohibits them from driving a bus or truck in the U.S.

The next Quarterly Status Check will be Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014.

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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. 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!
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Highway 427 improvements begin
OMCA
MTO is widening a seven-kilometre stretch of Highway 427 in the Toronto area from Campus Road-Fasken Drive to Steeles Avenue to improve traffic flow and safety. The project includes:

• Repairing, repaving and expanding the section of Highway 427 from five to eight lanes
• Building one High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction
• Repairing eight bridges
• Installing new high-mast lighting and median barriers

Construction is targeted for completion by fall 2017.

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Ontario to put increased fines for distracted driving back on table
The Globe and Mail
Drivers in Ontario could soon face much stiffer penalties for texting behind the wheel, as the governing Liberals are set to reintroduce a bill that would boost the maximum fine to $1,000. Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said he plans to reintroduce the distracted driving bill, which died when the June 12 election was called, as "disturbing or worrying trend lines" emerge.
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Association of Municipalities of Ontario: Ontario roads, culverts and bridges need attention
Daily Commercial News
More than one third of the roads, culverts and bridges in 93 Ontario municipalities are in poor or very poor condition, a new study commissioned by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario shows. Tom Dawe, president of Public Sector Digest, said the goal of the study, whose results were unveiled at the AMO's annual conference, was to enumerate the state of roads, bridges and culverts in the province.
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No small bump in the road
Truck News
To some, it may just be another bump in the road. But to one Mississauga businessman, the Credit River "dip" on Hwy. 401 is a costly mistake that will become even more costly once the province widens the highway there in the coming years. Current plans are to expand Hwy. 401 to 12 lanes across the Credit River floodplain following the current contour of the road, which dips as much as 70 feet, causing traffic congestion and increasing emissions.
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Labour Day Weekend fun in Ontario
Government of Ontario
It's not too late to plan a Labour Day weekend excursion. Whether you're interested in food, culture, wildlife or history, Ontario's provincial parks and other tourist attractions have something for everyone this long weekend.
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Ground broken on Waterloo light rail project
Global Rail News
Public officials have broken ground on the first phase of the ION light rail system in Waterloo, ON. The first shovels entered the ground at the site of the planned network's new Dutton Drive depot to mark the start of construction on ION Stage 1. The first phase of the light rail system will cover 19 kilometres between Waterloo and Kitchener. Phase two will then connect Kitchener with Cambridge along an existing 17-kilometres bus rapid transit route.
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Cool Ontario summer chills patio profits and tourism
The Globe and Mail
Colder summer weather across Ontario has put pressure on tourism-dependent businesses that rely on July and August to generate the bulk of their profits. After a particularly-harsh winter, "I think people felt they were owed good weather, they were owed a summer of beer-drinking and muscle-shirt and tank-top weather," said David Phillips, senior climatologist for Environment Canada.

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Editorial: Seatbelts should be obligatory in new tour buses
Montreal Gazette
It almost seems hard to believe that all inter-city or tour buses don't have seatbelts, when they are used on nearly every other form of transportation. They have been mandatory in cars and airplanes for decades, so they wouldn't be out of place on buses.

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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.

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AMO: Ontario roads, culverts and bridges need attention
Daily Commercial News
More than one third of the roads, culverts and bridges in 93 Ontario municipalities are in poor or very poor condition, a new study commissioned by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario shows. Tom Dawe, president of Public Sector Digest, said the goal of the study, whose results were unveiled at the AMO's annual conference in London, was to enumerate the state of roads, bridges and culverts in the province.
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Cool Ontario summer chills patio profits and tourism
The Globe and Mail
Colder summer weather across Ontario has put pressure on tourism-dependent businesses that rely on July and August to generate the bulk of their profits. After a particularly-harsh winter, "I think people felt they were owed good weather, they were owed a summer of beer-drinking and muscle-shirt and tank-top weather," said David Phillips, senior climatologist for Environment Canada.
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More action needed to boost Durham economic benefits from Pan Am Games
Durham Region
A new report says governments and businesses need to step up their game in order to squeeze the most economic benefit out of the 2015 Toronto Pan Am and Parapan American Games. The Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce recently released "Beyond the Finish Line," which lays out a series of recommendations for governments and the private sector.
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Machines serving people: A new reality or a futuristic concept?
By Linchi Kwok
Starwood's Aloft Hotel in Cupertino, California, recently added a new member to the service team called A.L.O. However, this is no traditional employee. It only takes electricity as salary and tweets as tips, and it will work as a "Botlr" — robotic butler — for the hotel. At this point, having a Botlr to provide customer service is only a pilot program by the Aloft brand, but expansion is planned. So, does this mean hotels can rely on machines to serve humans now? Probably not at this moment, but the time will come soon. Now, let's picture a futuristic hotel where machines serve people.
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