The Ministry of Transportation ("MTO") is taking a
closer look at what motivates the decisions Ontarians make
about how they travel from city to city.
More specifically, the MTO is interested in how people
travel between communities in Ontario by intercity bus. As stated
proposal posted to the Environmental Registry, the MTO is
seeking to modernize intercity bus services and encourage more
intercity travellers to take the bus over single-occupant
The ministry is considering different ways of modernizing these
rules and regulations in order to both increase the number of
intercity bus users and to improve the overall intercity bus
traveling experience. Input is being sought from the general public
on their perceptions of and experiences with travelling by
intercity bus, as well as, from the intercity bus operators on how
intercity bus services can be improved. The information being
collected will be used as one part of the ministry's evaluation
process on how to modernize intercity bus services in Ontario.
The bus offers a surprisingly environmentally
friendly means of intercity travel in Canada (and elsewhere).
For example, a
2002 report by the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and
Communications recognized that buses far outperform
single-occupant vehicles and trains in terms of per-passenger fuel
usage and greenhouse gas emissions and saw "an urgent
need for further study of methods to encourage the use of intercity
buses and to improve even further their environmentally related
More recently, similar findings were made by the Council of
Deputy Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway
Safety in a
So what will it take to get more people travelling between
cities out of their cars and onto buses? Answers to this questions,
and other comments, can be
provided via the Environmental Registry until
September 25, 2015.
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