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On November 24, Delaney Bus Lines hosted the first "SmartDriver" workshop in Eastern Ontario.  The workshop was sponsored by Natural Resources Canada and is part of the larger "FleetSmart" program, aimed at promoting good driving habits to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"With fuel costs consuming a large part of a fleet's budget, it just makes sense to do whatever you can to save," said Mark Begg from Delaney Bus Lines.  That's why more and more companies are training their drivers to be "SmartDrivers."  SmartDriver for School Bus is a professional drivers course that teaches bus drivers to cut fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through improved driving skills and preventative maintenance.  In fact, companies can reduce their fuel consumption by 5 to 10% after participating in a driver training program.  SmartDriver for School Bus training us a one-day course.  The program covers the following:

    • - How engines and fuels work and how to make them work for you;
  • - How to get the most out of the vehicle you drive through preventative maintenance, inspections and equipment settings;
  • - How to maximize your driving skills - route planning, dealing with weather conditions, warm up techniques, shifting, speed and defensive driving.

The day ended with a pizza lunch catered by the Best Western Parkway & Conference Centre and a "FleetSmart" version of the Jeopardy game.

As part of School Bus Safety Week 2010, which was held from October 18-22, Delaney Bus Lines and the Cornwall Community Police Service took an opportunity to remind parents, caregivers, teachers, school boards, governments and the general public about their roles in ensuring school bus transportation remains the safest form of transportation for Ontario's school children.

To help promote proper stopping practices around school buses, Cornwall Community Police Service, along with Delaney Bus Lines, partnered to host Operation Safe Stop Day on October 19. "We do everything possible to ensure children get to school and back home safe," says Mark Begg, Manager with Delaney Bus Lines. "When you see the same students every day you begin to develop friendships. We care about their well being just as much as their teachers and parents."

The objective of Operation Safe Stop Day was to increase the monitoring of the general public around school buses during the morning and afternoon runs. Following success in other areas of North America, Delaney Bus Lines decided to bring the initiative to this area to help improve the safety of their passengers.

"Stopping for school buses and driving at the posted speed limit is what everyone should be doing," says Constable Darrell Blakely with Cornwall Community Police Service. "Monitoring traffic flow around school buses is always a priority for us; however, this initiative will provide us with the opportunity to promote the importance of the rules of the road to the general public."

Increased awareness within the city of Cornwall took place for the duration of School Bus Safety Week, with emphasis placed on October 19 for Operation Safe Stop Day. Police cruisers followed selected school buses, and in areas of greater concern, an officer boarded the school bus to assist with enforcement.

"We are extremely grateful for this partnership with Cornwall Community Police Service" said Begg. "School bus safety is paramount and we must all work together for a better tomorrow."

Sarah Rowe Drives a Bus

Delaney Bus Lines and East Front Public School partnered Friday in a unique project designed to meld arts education with a lesson on school bus safety.

Searching for a unique way to highlight School Bus Safety Week later this month, Delaney and East Front encouraged students to display art in the windows of a Delaney bus parked on school grounds.  The artwork, pastels and paintings of fall flowers, owls and other fall scenes, was created under the guidance of local artist Karen Spinney-Helmer.

The project allowed students to display their art as well as learn more about school bus safety. A dozen students who helped decorate the bus each received a special bus-shaped safety card from Delaney. The card provided information on everything from safe distances to cross in front of a stopped bus to ways to exit in case of an accident.

The project was done in advance of School Bus Safety Week, slated for October 18-22, and was designed to help highlight the coming week and the need for students to keep safe by following the rules..

“Partnering with Delaney Bus Lines on this creative project allowed us to emphasize two very important things,” said East Front Principal Catherine Cooper. “Promoting the value of creative arts and the importance of school bus safety in one single project is a winning combination for our students, local bus operators, and the public.”

Delaney Bus Lines General Manager Mark Begg said the event was a fun way to educate students about school bus safety.

“There was no doubt in our minds about participating in this project when East Front Public School proposed it.” said Begg, “Raising awareness about School Bus Safety Week and the importance of school buses in a unique fashion was exciting for us and provided a new form of artistic development for the students we transport.”

“It’s a great day when two very different partners are able to come together and achieve an amazing result,” added Spinney-Helmer.  “Promoting creative arts and school bus safety are two wonderful achievements.”

'09 Coulouring Contest Winner!

05 OCT 2010

A big congratulations goes out to Ethan Logtens of Roxmore Public School in Avonmore. During school bus safety week 2009 Ethan participated in a colouring contest in which students from Roxmore Public visited the Delaney Bus Lines website, downloaded a picture with a special school bus safety message, and coloured it in. Everyone who participated was entered in to a draw for a special prize. Pictured above is Delaney Bus Lines manager, Mark Begg, presenting Ethan with his prize. Thanks to all who entered.

Click here to download our school bus safety coulouring book... 

Lee Charlebois is the lucky winner of two tickets to the home opener of the Ottawa Senators vs. the Buffalo Sabres on Friday, October 8th at Scotiabank place in Ottawa. Above, Charlebois is pictured accepting tickets to the game from Delaney Bus Lines Operations Manager, Pierre Seguin. "We are really happy to show our appreciation to Lee for his continued use of our commuter service", said Seguin. "He has been riding with us since the spring of 2009".

Lee's name was picked from a hat in a draw which all commuter service users signed up by September 1st, were automatically entered into. The Delaney Bus Lines commuter bus travels between Cornwall and Ottawa each day with a deluxe highway coach. For more info on the service details, tax credits available to users, schedule, pricing and more, visit our commuter service page.

Sarah Drives a Bus

22 Sep 2010

Sarah Rowe Drives a Bus

Roxmore Public School in Avonmore hosted its annual Open House giving parents, students and the community an opportunity to see what's new and exciting.  This year's open house featured a reptile show, a barbeque supper, book fair and displays from local community members.  Taking part in this community event, Delaney Bus Lines set up a photo booth where students could have their picture taken "driving" a school bus. Pictured above is Sarah Rowe, a Roxmore student and daughter of Delaney Bus Lines Safety clerk Glenn Rowe. Thanks to all who stopped by!


16 Sep 2010

Thank You from everyone at Delaney Bus Lines

We would like to thank everyone from our community for their support in the 2010 BUSRide MotorVision Competition, for best and brightest bus wrap ideas in the industry. Our submission featured our ChooseCornwall.ca themed commuter bus which you may have seen on the road, comfortably transporting commuters between Cornwall and Ottawa on a daily basis.

The coverage from local media, as well as support from the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, Team Cornwall, ChooseCornwall.ca and many individuals throughout our community speaks volumes to what our community can accomplish when we all work together. Although our submission enjoyed a comfortable lead in the days towards the end of the competition, our team had a scare in the final hours of the contest. Another entry actually surpassed us for a short while on Wednesday evening. But with some help from our loyal army of supporters we regained the lead in the hours leading up to the finish. While the results will not be officially released until the November 2010 issue of BusRide, we have a pretty good feeling that your support will prove to be the deciding factor in what we hope is a victory.

Thank you once again from all of us at Delaney Bus Lines Ltd.

Delaney Bus Lines is pleased to be sponsoring the grand prize, an 8Gb iPod touch, in the Upper Canada District School Board's transportation department contest. The contest is open to all students of the Upper Canada District School Board. Using answers located within the UCDSB Transportation Department website, students can answer school bus safety questions for a chance to win. Students who answer all the skill testing questions will be eligible to win one of two iPod nanos and one of two Canon Power Shot A490 digital cameras. There will be two draws from the names submitted by the elementary school students and another two draws from the names submitted by the secondary school students. The Grand Prize, the 8Gb iPod touch will be drawn from all submissions.

In support of the Delaney Bus Lines entry in the 2010 BUSRide MotorVision Competition, for best and brightest bus wrap ideas in the industry, Manager Mark Begg took to local airways this week. First with an appearance on Variety 104.5's "The Morning Rush with Jimmy and Sue"and the following day with Rock 101.9's crew from The Early Show with Matt, Jamie and Logan. Both interviews can be heard below. Please vote now and vote often. Thank you for your support... we live in a great community!!!

Variety 104.5 Interview - Aug 30/10

Rock 101.9 Interview - Aug 31/10


You may have noticed its distinct parliament hill and hot air balloon graphics or flashy colours in and around Eastern Ontario as our commuter bus makes its way from Cornwall to Ottawa each day. Now we're hoping Bus Ride Magazine, Best Bus Wrap competition will notice too.

We've entered our wrapped ChooseCornwall.ca commuter bus in the 2010 BUSRide MotorVision Competition, for best and brightest bus wrap ideas in the industry.

Since this colourful bus hit the road last September it has garnered a lot of attention. "We often have requests for our commuter coach to appear at community events throughout Cornwall & S,D & G", said Delaney Bus Lines manager, Mark Begg.

Now we hope that interest will translate to into Delaney Bus Lines winning the design competition and sharing a piece of Cornwall and area with all of North America. And with your help we're well on our way.

All of us at Delaney Bus Lines would sincerely like to thank everyone who voted. Your support of our business stands as a testament to our great community, and we're happy to have served you since 1948. Thank You Everyone!!!

You can tell when school is just around the corner when Delaney Bus Lines driver team meets up in Cornwall to have their annual start-up/safety meeting. This year Delaney Bus Lines hosted its annual start-up meeting at the Best Western Parkway and Conference Centre on Tuesday, August 17.  This year's meeting included three training workshops, a lunch and a general meeting.  Workshop topics included: "The Art of Setting Limits: How to Establish Rules on Your Bus", "Dealing with the Nasty: How to Protect Yourself and Your Passengers" and "Danger Zones: How to Prevent Danger Zone Accidents." 

The new school year was also kick-started with a surprise appearance by Max Keeping, VP News, CTV Ottawa (retired) during lunch. The general meeting portion of the day included the review of daily operating policies and procedures, emergency evacuation information as well as training on Bill 157: "Keeping Our Kids Safe at School" legislation.

Click here to visit the Start-up meeting Photo Gallery

We're very excited to launch our brand new website. While parts of it are still under construction, we hope to be up and running shortly. We've built this new site to be more user friendly for our customers, students and parents. The site features a live Twitter feed, where we can keep you informed of things like bus cancellations in the winter. We are also very happy to introduce a new “Driver Portal” where our drivers can log in and take part in various online training sessions – all in an effort to maintain our steadfast commitment to passenger safety. Take a look around and let us know what you think . . . we would love to hear from you.

Delaney Bus Lines accepted delivery of 3 new IC model school buses on August 9th of this year. This year’s order included a new charter bus which is anticipated to provide a new level of comfort for our charter users. This unit is equipped with tinted windows, interior parcel racks as well as under-body cargo bins.

On March 1st 2010, Delaney Bus Lines and the Delaney family suffered a tremendous loss.  Company architect and President, Michael Doran Delaney passed away at the age of 61.

Michael was diagnosed in July 2009 with a rare blood disease called Myelodysplastic Syndrome. This disease eventually led to Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, to which Michael eventually succumbed.

The Delaney family would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to visit www.aamac.ca to learn more about Myelodysplastic Syndrome and to donate generously to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Fund at the Ottawa Hospital Foundation, 737 Parkdale Ave., 1st Floor, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 1J8.  We also ask that you support your local blood bank by donating blood.

Please take a moment to visit our tribute to Michael.

Emergency personnel received some unique training this week as Delaney Bus Lines staged a vehicle collision involving a school bus at our facility in Avonmore.  As part of School Bus Safety Week, which is observed across the province from October 19-23, Delaney Bus Lines hosted a safety awareness event that included a mock school bus accident and driver skills competition.

“We do everything possible to ensure children get to school and back home safe,” says Mike Delaney, President of Delaney Bus Lines.  “We hope that this event will not only raise safety awareness for students and drivers, but will also provide our local emergency personnel with the opportunity to practice their skills in dealing with the unfortunate event of an accident involving a school bus.”

The event was held on October 19, 2009 with school board transportation officials, Ron Cotnam from the UCDSB and Nicole Makinson from the CDSBEO, in attendance to launch School Bus Safety Week 2009 with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Cornwall Towing donated the vehicles used to stage the accident scene. EMS staff responded to the incident and delivered patient care.  Fire personnel from the North Stormont Fire Department  secured the vehicles and assisted with patient care and extrication, while officers with the Ontario Provincial Police secured and investigated the scene.  Students from Tagwi Secondary School also took part in the incident as injured passengers on board the bus.

Following the mock accident, Delaney school bus drivers participated in various exercises including: a post-accident analysis, a pre-trip inspection workshop and a digital fire extinguisher training exercise.  The day wrapped up with a fantastic chili lunch prepared by Tagwi's Hospitality class.

Click here to visit our Flickr Photo Gallery for more pics from that day.