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February 2021
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INDUSTRY NEWS
Windsor becomes Canada's first city to test-drive Ford's traffic safety platform
DRIVING
 

The city of Windsor, Ontario may be on track to become one of Canada’s safest cities, now that it has partnered with Ford on a web-based tool for traffic planning.

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Suspension of licence renewal requirements for Ontario drivers 80 and older raises concerns
GLOBAL NEWS
 

A decision to waive vision tests and other screening typically required to renew driver’s licences for Ontarians aged 80 and older during the pandemic has some in the medical community raising concerns about the risks the move poses to those on the road.

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Ontario impaired driving sanctions lag other provinces
COLLINGWOOD TODAY
 

Ontario isn’t tough enough on first-time impaired drivers, lagging behind many other provinces, some experts say. 

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Calgary city council votes to reduce residential speed limits to 40 km/h
GLOBAL NEWS
 

Calgary city council has opted to reduce speed limits in residential neighbourhoods by 10 km/h instead of putting the question on the ballot in the municipal election in October.

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Canada: Autonomous Vehicles: Moving Forward In 2021
MONDAQ
 

In 2021, we expect the Autonomous Vehicle (AV) industry to become increasingly part of daily life in North America through public transit pilots, driverless taxis, truck platooning and drone delivery. 

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New Flyer unveils the Xcelsior AV™ - North America's first automated transit bus
NEWSWIRE
 

ST. CLOUD, Minn., Jan. 29, 2021 /CNW/ - (TSX: NFI) New Flyer of America Inc. ("New Flyer"), a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc. ("NFI"), one of the world's leading independent global bus manufacturers, today unveiled its Xcelsior AV™ automated transit bus, now in motion at Robotic Research, LLC ("Robotic Research") in Maryland.

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Is Raising the Speed Limit Worth the Risk?
STOCKHOUSE
 

New AAA and IIHS crash tests reveal that modest speed increases can have deadly consequences 

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Class action suit over Montreal, Quebec City's parking meters permitted to go forward
MONTREAL CTV NEWS
 

MONTREAL -- Have you used a parking meter in Montreal or Quebec City in the past five years? Then you may be eligible to join a class-action lawsuit. On Wednesday, a Quebec judge approved a class-action lawsuit on behalf of anyone who used a parking meter in those two cities since June 2015.

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Taskforce formed to tackle transportation in Southwestern Ontario
CBC NEWS
 

A new provincial task force has been set up to determine how transportation will work in Southwestern Ontario going forward.

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Sask. records 2nd lowest number of road fatalities in 60 years
REGINA CTV NEWS
 

REGINA -- Saskatchewan has reported its second-fewest road fatalities in 60 years. New numbers from SGI show 87 people were killed in crashes on Saskatchewan roads last year.

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The province does about-face on 2+1 road trial
NORTHERN ONTARIO BUSINESS
 

The Temiskaming highway safety advocate is pleased the Ontario government is planning to do a trial of a European road system that's proven to save lives.

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$11.45 million federal grant will develop transit, mobility tech for underserved groups
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON NEWS
 

For many, moving around is easier thanks to technology. Tools like Google Directions and OneBusAway give up-to-date travel and transit information, making unplanned, serendipitous travel seamless and convenient.

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OTC EVENTS
OTC Calendar of Events
 

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    • February 18, 2021
    • March 18, 2021
    • April 22, 2021
    • May 20, 2021
    • June 17, 2021
    • July 15, 2021
    • August 12, 2021
    • September 16, 2021
    • October 21, 2021
    • November 18, 2021
    • December 9, 2021
 
MUNICIPAL NEWS
Ontario invests $25 million to build new Calabogie Road interchange as part of four-laning Highway 17 between Arnprior and Renfrew
THE KINGSTON WHIG STANDARD
 

The Ontario government will invest approximately $25 million to continue the widening of Highway 17 between Arnprior and Renfrew, including a new interchange at Calabogie Road.

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Stratford opting against crossing guards
THE CHRONICLE HERALD
 

STRATFORD, P.E.I. — The Town of Stratford is leaning toward installing flashing lights at its crosswalks instead of hiring crossing guards.

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Kingston, Ontario police launch official Traffic Complaint Letter program
DRIVING
 

Residents can now log on to report that kid doing burnouts in the parking lot on the corner. The Kingston Police department has created a program that allows locals to rat on their neighbour’s bad driving habits. Or, as it’s officially called, “report potential traffic violations.”

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No decision yet whether to reduce Highway 26 speed again this summer
COLLINGWOOD TODAY
 

Town staff are collaborating with the Ministry of Transportation and Grey County in an effort to find traffic solutions for Highway 26. Work is still underway to find a solution for high volumes of traffic on Highway 26 between Collingwood and Thornbury.

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Toronto police issue more than 3,800 tickets to drivers in a one-week safety campaign
CP24
 

More than 3,800 tickets were issued to drivers in the last week of January during the Toronto Police Service’s “Winter Watch” campaign, which focused on pedestrian safety.

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Ontario providing transit funding for King, York
WELLAND TRIBUTE
 

King will get some transit upgrades, thanks to funding from the Province. Ontario is providing $16,943,429 in funding to York Region through Ontario’s Gas Tax program.

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Toronto to consider ending parking minimums on new developments, imposing maximums instead
TORONTO STAR
 

Toronto is taking a 180-degree turn in its approach to the number of parking builders will be required to incorporate in new developments.

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Sarnia's $27.7-million transit upgrade spending plan approved
THE SARNIA OBSERVER
 

Sarnia’s downtown bus terminal is in line for an upgrade this year.

“We’re currently working with the developer who’s developing the whole Bayside project to finalize the plans for what our transit terminal will look like,” said David Jackson, operations and engineering general manager with the city. “That’s one we’re excited about and should be able to complete this year,.”

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Barrie’s Transit Vision Sets Sights On Planning For The City’S New Transit Hub
BARRIE 360
 

The wheels on the bus are going round and round as the people driving the future of Barrie Transit to look ahead to the day when the city’s new transit hub begins operating from the Allandale Waterfront GO Station.

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County opts for further study of community safety zones
THE WELLINGTON ADVERTISER
 

WELLINGTON COUNTY – Establishing community safety zones around the county will be considered as part of a roadmaster action plan, after a proposal to fast-track implementation of the traffic control measures failed to gain approval at the committee level.

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York Regional Police's new road safety enforcement team racking up arrests
NEWMARKET TODAY
 

The York Regional Police Road Safety Bureau has expanded to form a new Regional Enforcement of Priorities (REP) Team as part of our ongoing commitment to keeping York Region roads safe.

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Speed cameras earn $2.5M for Ottawa
YAHOO NEWS
 

Speed cameras installed at eight intersections in Ottawa captured more than $2.5 million in fines between July and December last year, the city says.

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Hamilton Police Service launches new Traffic Safety Unit
INSAUGA 
 

The Hamilton Police Service announced Thursday (Jan. 28) the launch of a new 20-member centralized traffic unit to respond to traffic-related issues in the city.

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Speed limit soon dropping to 40km/h in Orangeville
ORANGEVILLE CITIZEN
 

Traffic is going to move a little bit slower through Orangeville soon. Council passed a bylaw amendment with a 6-1 vote on Monday (Jan. 25), reducing its default speed limit from 50 km/h to 40 km/h on most town roads, which goes into effect March 1. 

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Bike parking at Market Parkade for $40 a year
GUELPH TODAY
 

Starting Feb. 1, people who bike in Guelph can buy a $40, taxes included, annual pass to park their bike in the secure bike parking room at the Market Parkade on Wilson Street. The facility, across from City Hall, provides space for 40 bicycles.  

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Canada and Ontario invest inaccessible public transit infrastructure for residents of Peel Region Français
NEWSWIRE
 

REGION OF PEEL, ON, Jan. 27, 2021 /CNW/ - The safety and well-being of Canadians are top priorities of the governments of Canada and Ontario. Investments in Ontario's infrastructure during this extraordinary time provides an opportunity to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, and to make our communities more inclusive and resilient.

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Last week for residents to peddle their ideas about cycling
TIMMINS THE DAILY PRESS
 

Public input aimed at enhancing conditions for cyclists in Timmins. Mayor George Pirie said this local bicycle-friendly group wants to see what can be done to improve cycling conditions in Timmins with the help of the public survey.

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Vandals are painting, ramming, even burning Hamilton’s photo-radar cameras. What can the city do about it?
SACHEM.CA
 

The city is exploring new security for much-abused automated speed enforcement units that have so far ticketed 20,000-plus speeders on Hamilton streets.

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More than 26,000 road safety charges handed out in Waterloo Region last year, 25 impaired charges so far in 2021
KITCHENER CTV NEWS
 

KITCHENER -- Waterloo regional police laid more than 26,180 charges relating to speeding, impaired driving, and other road safety concerns in 2020, while 25 impaired driving charges have been handed out so far this year.

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MAP: Locations of 30 photo radar cameras across Brampton
BRAMPTON GUARDIAN
 

The number of photo radar cameras monitoring Brampton roads has grown exponentially since the first five units were installed last September.

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