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Back to School Time

September18

Students are back in school and the School Buses have returned to the roadways.  It”s time to remind motorists, parents and students to be safe in and around School Buses.  Motorists – ensure you stop for the flashing red lights and extended stop arm of a School Bus.  It”s the law!  As well, slow down as you approach a School Bus.  They are painted a bright “School Bus Yellow” for a reason.  Students should be reminded to be at their bus stop 10 minutes prior to their pick-up time.  This ensures they are not rushing or running for the bus and are safely ready to board the bus when it stops.  Look and listen to your bus driver, online casino they will direct you to safety.  And Parents, ensure you are at the bus stop to meet your JK/SK student.  Approach the bus and introduce yourself to the driver that way the driver knows you are responsible for the JK/SK Student on the bus.  Some routes have up to 25 or more JK/SK Students and drivers must ensure they are all met by a parent – doing your part will help everyone involved.

Welcome Back and have a Safe School Year!

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A Tribute to All School Bus Drivers

October15

Becoming a School Bus Driver involves many hours of training, testing and annual education courses. This Public Service Announcement, narrated by Bus Driver, Mike Bax, speaks to some of the training courses he attends and the joys of being a Bus Driver. Click below to view.

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OSBA Article

September27

Our Association work on School Bus Safety Messages was featured in the September Ontario School Bus Association Newsletter.

Check it out! Sept-7-12

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We Need Your Help!

July13

The Great Lakes Members are looking to produce a new Public Service Announcement this fall. We are looking to you for your ideas on themes. Our spot will be about School Bus Safety. What do you think is an important topic that we need to cover? Look through our PSA History and tell us what Safety point we”ve missed. Send us a comment on what you”d like to see as our new Video PSA!

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Coming Soon!

April12

Great Lakes Transportation Association is about to release new pricing and membership options for their Public Service School

Bus Safety Announcements. Consortiums in Ontario can access safety messages in one spot. Easy, efficient and most importantly…spreading the word on safety!! More info to come….

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Our Association was created in 1996 by Transportation Managers  of the School Boards and owners of School Bus Operations in Southwestern Ontario.  At that time the one bus operator, Murphy Bus Lines, served home to school transportation for 5 School Boards under 5 different transportation managers.  The idea came about to create an association that all School Board Transportation Managers could belong to with representation from a School Bus Operator to share ideas, develop projects, procedures and policies, and to ensure the safe delievery of home to school transportation.  All members were working under the same principals and mandates and what better way to make it more efficient and effective then to develop items together.

From there the The Great Lakes Transportation Association was started and has evolved as members have retired, school boards have amalgamated, and Student Transportation Consortiums started.  Our current list of members are listed to the left of the page.

Some of the accomplishments of the Association has been developing policies under a consistant platform.  Provide Epipen training for School Bus Drivers.  Welcome a new weather radar service that all operators and School Board Officials can utilitze during inclement weather decisions.  Create and Produce 14-30 sec Public Service Announcements for TV on School Bus Safety with the finincail backing of 10 partners.  And most recently, expand our PSA Campaign to Radio, creating and producing 3 new spots for Radio airtime.

We have initiated and maintained many good relationships with the Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Education, CTV, Blackburn Radio, School Bus Operator Associations, and the New Student Transportation Consortiums that represent School Boards in Southwestern Ontario.  All in the interest of keeping our students safe on and around the School Bus!