ONTARIO URBAN TRANSIT ASSOCIATION CALLS FOR BETTER TRANSIT AND SCHOOL BUS INTEGRATION
Student transportation in Ontario is suffering as both public transit and school boards have been forced to reduce services due to provincial and municipal funding cuts. But service cuts need not be the only response to funding shortages. The Ontario Urban Transit Association (OUTA) has long advocated greater integration of school busing and municipal transit as a means of cutting costs but not services. This can be done by making the best use of existing resources and reducing the costly duplication of services which is prevalent in many communities. OUTA has requested the province to address this issue through the Transit and School Bus Integration Task Force called for in the Social Contract Municipal Sector Agreement. The aim of the Task Force should be to identify the provincial legislative, regulatory and policy changes required to give flexibility to municipal councils and school boards to best allocate their transportation resources. It should also provide guidance for local authorities to conduct local reviews. Other factors to be considered should include safety, student age considerations and labor impacts. The ultimate objective should be to provide the needed services at the lowest overall cost to the taxpayer, regardless of the accounting method used or whether the savings accrue to the municipality, the school board or any of the provincial ministries.
Ontario Urban Transit Association55 York Street, Suite 1101
Toronto, ONo M5J 1R7, Canada
- Publication Date: 1994-10
- Pagination: 1 p.
- TRT Terms: Coordination; Integrated systems; Public transit; School buses; Urban transit
- Uncontrolled Terms: Integrated transportation systems; Integration
- Old TRIS Terms: Special service
- Subject Areas: Planning and Forecasting; Public Transportation;
- Accession Number: 00716384
- Record Type: Publication
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Feb 21 1996 12:00AM