Hammond Transportation is disappointed to announce that due to regulatory issues we are forced to temporarily discontinue the Corridor 11 Bus service as of Wednesday, October 17.
Passenger transportation in Ontario is regulated through the Ontario Highway Transport Board (OHTB). We are licensed to operate charter bus services throughout the Muskoka and Simcoe areas, and we felt that we had the proper authority to operate the Corridor 11 Bus services. We were shocked when we were notified by the OHTB that existing licensed carriers had expressed concerns that we were not operating in accordance with the Public Vehicles Act.
To comply with the act, Hammond Transportation submitted two applications to the OHTB. The first application was for temporary authority to operate the Corridor 11 Bus route. This application was supported by 577 individual signatures indicating public support for the new service. The second application is for permanent authority to operate the Corridor 11 Bus route.
We were again disappointed when our application for temporary authority was opposed by the current existing licensed carrier, and that the OHTB had denied our application.
It is our intention to continue with our application for permanent authority. Once that authority is obtained we will reinstate the Corridor 11 bus service. We expect that a hearing will be held locally in the next month where the OHTB will consider our permanent application. We apologize to anyone who is inconvenienced by our decision to halt this service. We also wish to thank everyone who has supported the Corridor 11 Bus project to date.
To assist with the OHTB hearing, feedback from the public is important. Knowing how Muskokans use and plan to use the Corridor 11 Bus service will strengthen our case and help ensure continued future
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