In February 2015, the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) put forth a proposed variable transportation policy. Based on what other consortia`s are using and results from internal Operations and external parent surveys, OSTA has developed a NEW policy and procedure to deliver transportation services to students in a joint custody arrangement and having two homes. An application process and other requirements need to be met for students to receive this service.
On Saturday, April 11, 2015, the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) hosted its first ever Driver Appreciation Day. We called upon school children all over the city to make thank you cards to be displayed at the event, and our students did not disappoint. The countless cards contained beautiful artwork and heartfelt messages from grateful school bus riders. The tremendous outpouring of support was truly touching. Congratulations go out to the following for receiving Safe Student Transportation Awards:
Robert Anderson, 35 years of service
Helene Lavergne , 37 years of service
Donna Buchanan , 37 years of service
Over 200 school bus drivers attended the event, for guest speeches from members of our Board of Directors, and representatives from our partner school boards. There were door prizes, refreshments, and a slideshow. We hope to make this special event an annual tradition to support our school bus drivers. Thank you for the work that you do.