Ontario Seeking Input on Intercommunity Transportation
Provincewide Engagement Taking Place this Summer
As part of Ontario's commitment to facilitate new and innovative travel options, the province is seeking input on how to improve public transportation between communities.
This summer, Ontario will be engaging with industry, stakeholders, communities and Indigenous peoples across the province about how to modernize bus services in the province.
Ontarians are encouraged to get involved in the conversation by:
- Registering to attend an in-person consultation session
- Reading the discussion paper and providing feedback on the Environmental Registry by Aug. 22, 2016
- Submitting ideas on Twitter@OnMinTransport, #OnIntercommunityBus
- Emailing the ministry at IntercityBus@ontario.ca
- Writing to the ministry at 777 Bay Street, Suite 3000, Toronto, Ontario M7A 2J8.
Improving Ontario's intercommunity bus service is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
- Intercommunity public transportation includes any service that operates between communities where the passenger pays a fare for the service.
- Ontario’s intercommunity bus industry provides a wide range of services to Ontario travellers, including scheduled and commuter services, charter, tour services and shuttle services, and home-school services and school charters.
- In Ontario, any vehicle that carries 10 or more passengers is considered to be a bus. In 2013, there were over 34,000 vehicles registered as a bus in Ontario. This includes transit buses, motor coaches and school buses.
“The intercommunity bus industry plays a critical role in Ontario’s transportation system and it is vitally important to promote the health and sustainability of this industry. We are committed to working with our partners as we develop recommendations on modernizing and appropriately regulating it to ensure it remains an attractive and affordable travel option. We encourage Ontarians to join the conversation.”
Steven Del Duca