Intercity bus service is a key component of a connected intercity public transportation network in Ontario. For example, our Network Southwest Integrated Passenger Rail and Bus Action Plan proposes a strong network of buses connected to a rail “spine”. However, the reality in Ontario is very different – with declining service and reduced frequencies. In 2015, the province initiated consultations on modernizing the intercity bus regime. Both Transport Action Ontario and the Southwest Ontario Transportation Alliance (SWOTA) provided commentary. (See TAO website for our joint letter of September 24, 2015).
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has now issued a discussion paper and a schedule for consultation during July/August. Please read the paper and feed back any thoughts to the address provided in the paper. We also encourage members to attend some of these meetings and provide feedback in person.