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April 2020
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INDUSTRY NEWS
Ontario Building a Better Transportation System to Connect People to Places
NEWSROOM ONTARIO
 

Ontario Building a Better Transportation System to Connect People to Places. Today, Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, announced Ontario is investing $365.3 million to expand and improve local transportation across the province.

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Speed-limit increase smooth so far: OPP
THE SARNIA OSERVER
 

Trying to gauge how well people are taking to a higher speed limit, OPP Insp. Shawn Johnson says he drove the London-to-Sarnia stretch of Highway 402 last week.

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Vehicle technology has trade-offs for safety, insurance costs
INSURANCE BUSINESS CANADA
 

The implementation of certain types of technology in cars, such as telematics, is beneficial for drivers and can help to reduce auto insurance costs.

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Not getting better: Many have embraced Vision Zero in Canada, so why aren't we achieving more?
OTTAWA CITIZEN
 

On June 27, 2013, Travis Croken was doing what he did most days — riding his bike. A committed cyclist, Croken had taken part in competitive events, but this ride was routine, a daily commute from home to work in downtown Ottawa.

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Pilot project to increase speed limits proposed for Northern Ontario 
NORTHERN ONTARIO BUSINESS
 

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) will be expanding its pilot project to increase speed limits to Northern Ontario this spring, giving residents a voice on the roadways they travel most. 

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Training Driverless Cars Before They Hit the Highway
TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS
 

A simulation system invented at MIT to train driverless cars creates a photorealistic world with infinite steering possibilities, helping the cars learn to navigate a host of worse-case scenarios before cruising down real streets.

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E-scooters return to Calgary in spring 2020: Here’s what’s changed
GLOBAL NEWS 
 

After a successful launch in Calgary in summer 2019, electric scooters will be returning to the city in the spring — but the City of Calgary has made some changes that will impact riders.

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Severe eye injuries seen with e-scooter accidents
NATIONAL POST
 

With the rising popularity of electric scooters, emergency rooms are seeing a lot of head injuries, many with vision-threatening damage to the eyes, a small study suggests.

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Apple CarPlay, Android Auto slow driver response worse than drugs: study
DRIVING
 

Interacting with in-vehicle infotainment systems reduces driver reactions times more than alcohol or marijuana do, the study shows

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New technology keeps an eye on drivers and passengers
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
 

Autonomous driving vehicles and the sensors used to enable self-driving vehicles are on the forefront of research in every automotive manufacturer.

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OTC EVENTS
OTC Calendar of Events
 

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MUNICIPAL NEWS
March 25, 2020 is School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day across all of Ontario
HALTON HILLS.COM
 

Thank you to all our school crossing guards for helping keep our community safe! We heart our crossing guards! Amazing people who work every day in all weather to keep our children safe.

Download a thank you card for your favorite crossing guard.

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Midland offers free downtown parking to help out businesses
ORILLIA MATTERS
 

The town has decided to take one for the taxpayer with the suspension of parking enforcement in downtown Midland.

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Plans to Reconstruct the Highway 34 and County Road 17 Interchange Proceed Despite Objections of United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR), Champlain Township, and the Town of Hawkesbury. 
THE REVIEW
 

No change on the interchange is the message the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) is giving the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR), Champlain Township, and the Town of Hawkesbury over plans to reconstruct the Highway 34 and County Road 17 interchange.

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Send a shout out to your favourite Crossing Guard during School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
NIAGARA POLICE
 

The Municipal School Crossing Programs of Niagara is encouraging residents to show their support and appreciation for their neighbourhood Crossing Guards on School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day: March 25, 2020.

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Three digital crosswalk signals coming to town
ORILLIA MATTERS
 

Midland council gave three locations the green light for digitized crosswalk signals. The three locations brought forward by staff are Bayshore Drive at Midland Avenue, William Street at Donalda Street and Yonge Street at Sixth Street. The three locations will cost $92,000, already budgeted by council.

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Survey open for rainbow crosswalk locations
THE OSHAWA EXPRESS
 

The City of Oshawa has launched public survey on three potential locations of a rainbow crosswalk in the city.

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'The 400' has quite a history and the road ahead will be a challenge
ORILLIA MATTERS
 

Prior to its construction, traffic 'was bumper to bumper, going back to the 1920s ... There was a huge amount of traffic and it was a huge headache,' says historian

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Hamilton task force submits spending recommendations for $1B transportation fund, says province
GLOBAL NEWS
 

Ontario says that after 13 meetings, the Hamilton Transportation Task Force has made its recommendations on how to spend $1 billion of provincial funding.

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COVID-19 MULTI-MODAL TRANSPORTATION RELATED
Mobile Robots and Autonomous Vehicles: IDTechEx Analysts Discuss How Coronavirus Pushes Logistic Automation up the Agenda
ROBOTICS TOMORROW
 

Last week Amazon announced that it planned on hiring 100,000 extra workers to meet the rise in demand for online shopping created by Coronavirus-caused shutdowns and social distancing. 

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Construction site health and safety during COVID-19
ONTARIO
 

Employers and constructors have obligations to protect workers from hazards in the workplace as set out in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations and the directives coming from the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

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COVID-19 Resources
CANADIAN CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION
 

To help businesses prepare for and manage through a potential COVID-19 escalation in Canada, the Canadian Construction Association is referring members to a guide developed by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

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How COVID-19 is affecting public transit use
CBC NEWS
 

If demand for public transit is an indication, Canadians might be taking the COVID-19 pandemic more seriously than those in other countries, at least according to data released by Transit, a trip-planning app that provides the schedules of transit agencies worldwide.

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In Canada and cities around the world, rush-hour traffic plummets as people respond to the COVID-19 pandemic
THE GLOBE AND MAIL
 

From his office in Amsterdam, Gijs Peters could see the response to the COVID-19 pandemic move across the world. In the beginning, though, he couldn’t be sure exactly what he was looking at.

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Coronavirus likely to force long delays in major GTA transit projects, experts warn
TORONTO.COM
 

COVID-19 disruption a painful setback for project already decades behind in building an adequate network.

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Fewer accidents, but not exactly smooth sailing on Highway 401 during COVID-19
THE LONDON FREE PRESS
 

As businesses across Ontario nearly grind to a halt in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19, truck drivers on the nation’s busiest highway are reporting fewer collisions and less traffic as they move essential goods across North America.

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City of Windsor relaxes parking enforcement during COVID-19 crisis
WINDSOR STAR
 

The City of Windsor is relaxing parking enforcement during the COVID-19 crisis, but Mayor Drew Dilkens stressed that people blocking fire lanes or using accessible spots without a permit will still be ticketed.

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City of Kingston waives monthly fees in April for transit, parking, recreational facilities
GLOBAL NEWS
 

The city is waiving monthly payments for transit, parking and recreational facilities in April in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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City suspends some parking enforcement
BRANTFORD EXPOSITOR
 

More buses on the road and less parking enforcement are among the most recent changes made by the city in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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Should Ottawa motorists give way to pedestrians and cyclists to help physical distancing?
OTTAWA CITIZEN 
 

Top public health officials want people to physically stay away from each other to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, leading some municipal politicians to ask if the city should partially close streets to increase safe pedestrian and cycling space.

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Feeling the need for speed? Think twice before taking up resources during pandemic, OPP says
CBC NEWS
 

While many people are cooped up at home trying to follow physical distancing rules during the COVID-19 pandemic, a few drivers have been taking advantage of the clear roads surrounding the city by driving at excessive speeds. 

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Toronto parking enforcement scaled back during coronavirus crisis
TORONTO.COM
 

Police ask public to continue respecting traffic and parking rules as much as possible

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Calgary blocks traffic lanes to help pedestrians and cyclists maintain physical distance
THE GLOBE AND MAIL
 

Fans of a decision by Calgary officials to block off some traffic lanes to give pedestrians and cyclists extra room for social distancing hope others cities will follow suit.

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CHEO offering free parking to promote physical distancing
OTTAWA CITIZEN
 

The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario will provide free parking at its Smyth Road facility to support people concerned about physical distancing.

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Mass-Transit Agencies Face Long Road to Regain Riders
YAHOO FINANCE
 

U.S. mass-transit systems take millions of people every day to work, school and shopping. They are a lifeblood for areas like New York City where activity halts without subways and buses.

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