Minutes

Toronto Transit Commission

Meeting No. 1854

Wednesday, April 6, 2005

A meeting of the Toronto Transit Commission was held in Committee Room 2, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario on Wednesday, April 6, 2005 commencing at 1:15 p.m.

J. Mihevc (Vice-Chair), B. Ashton, B. Balkissoon, Mayor D. Miller, P. Li Preti, D. Shiner, A. Giambrone and S. Bussin (Commissioners), R. Ducharme (Chief General Manager), V. Rodo (General Manager – Executive & General Secretary), G. Webster (General Manager – Operations), J. Sepulis (General Manager - Engineering & Construction), L. Hilborn (Deputy General Manager – Corporate), T. Clarke (Acting Executive Director – Human Resources), B. Leck (General Counsel), A. Chocorlan (Manager - Materials & Procurement), M. Roche (Chief Financial Officer), A. Smith (Acting Chief Marketing Officer), T. Andrews (Chief Special Constable), W. Buffett (Assistant General Secretary) and F. Stanois (Co-ordinator - Secretariat Services) were present.

J. Mihevc was in the Chair.

R. Thacker, General Superintendent, Wheel-Trans was present for Item No. 1.

O. Kobylansky, General Superintendent, Streetcar Maintenance and S. Lam, Superintendent, Vehicle Engineering were present for Item No. 2.

T. Lawson, Transportation Engineer, Service Planning was present for Item No. 51.

R. McPhail, Director, Transportation Planning, City of Toronto was present for Item No. C-3.

Prior to commencing with the agenda, Vice-Chair Mihevc and R. Thacker, General Superintendent, Wheel-Trans noted the passing of Roger Roberts, Chair of the TTC’s Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation. After noting the numerous contributions made by Roger over the years, Vice-Chair Mihevc and R. Thacker presented his wife, Cathy Roberts, with a framed collage of photographs in memory of his dedication and untiring work as an “Accessible Transit Ambassador.”

Mayor Miller also took the opportunity to acknowledge and congratulate Steve Munro who was winner of the Jane Jacobs Prize for his advocacy relating to public transit.

Declaration Of Interest – Municipal Conflict Of Interest Act - Nil

Minutes Of Previous Meeting

Mayor miller moved that the commission approve the minutes from meeting no. 1853, and that the chair and general secretary be authorized to sign the same.

The Motion By Mayor Miller Carried.

Business Arising Out Of The Minutes - Nil

Committee Of The Whole Resolution

Commissioner Giambrone Moved That The Commission Meet As The Committee Of The Whole On Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 9:30 a.m., Or Later, To Deal With Litigation Or Potential Litigation Matters, Labour Relations Or Employee Negotiations And To Receive Advice Which Is Subject To Solicitor-Client Privilege.

The Motion By Commissioner Giambrone Carried.

Deputations

a) Report No. 35 – Approval of the Roll Out of Platform Video Screens Throughout the System

Doug Carroll
(Submitted brief)

Dave Meslin
Toronto Public Space Committee
(Submitted brief)

Solomon Fagan

Matthew Blackett

Sam Rahimi
SAC, University of Toronto

Michael Girgis
ONESTOP Toronto Inc.

Ian Gatsby
ONESTOP Toronto Inc.

The Commission Received The Deputations.

(Also See Commissioners Correspondence Cc-1, Correspondence C-1 And Report No. 35 For Minute)

b) Report No. 51 – Bicycle Racks on TTC Buses – Pilot Project

Fred Sztabinski
Canadian Urban Transit Association
(Submitted brief)

Ian Thomson
Co-Chair
Toronto Cycling Committee

The Commission Received The Deputations.

(Also See Correspondence C-2 And Report No. 51 For Minute)

c) Dexit Presentation – Payment System

Renah Persofsky
President  & CEO
Dexit Inc.
(Submitted presentation)

Ken Gouveia
Senior Director
Managed Solutions
Bell Canada

The Commission Received The Deputations.

Commissioner Ashton Moved That The Dexit Proposal Be Referred To Staff For Report Back To The Commission.

The Motion By Commissioner Ashton Carried.

d) Streetcar Track Replacement

Gwynne Giles
(Submitted communication)

The Commission Received The Deputation.

e) Report No. 2 – Update on Streetcar Technology

Steve Munro

Mark Brose
Transportation Action Now
(Submitted brief)

The Commission Received The Deputations.

(Also See Report No. 2 For Minute)

f) Report No. 60e) – Increasing TTC Ridership

Hamish Wilson

(Submitted brief)

The Commission Received The Deputation.

(Also See Report No. 60E For Minute)

g) Correspondence C-3 – Gord Perks - Don Valley Master Transportation Plan Gord Perks

The Commission Received The Deputation.

(Also See Correspondence C-3 For Minute)

Commissioners Correspondence

CC-1 Chair Howard Moscoe – Report No. 35 – Approvalof Roll Out of Platform Video Screens Throughout the System

Chair Moscoe submitted his communication dated April 5, 2005 requesting that the Commission defer consideration of Report No. 35 entitled, “Approval of Roll Out of Platform Video Screens Throughout the System” until the next meeting; and further his communication be referred to Viacom for response.

The Commission Received The Communication.

(Also See Report No. 35, Correspondence C-1 And Deputation ‘A’ For Minute)

Presentations

1. Presentations to Retiring Members of the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation

The Commission had before it a memorandum dated April 6, 2005 from R. Ducharme, Chief General Manager entitled, “Presentation to Retiring Members of the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation.”

Vice-Chair Mihevc advised that the following individuals had recently retired from the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation:

Mazin Aribi
Wilkirk Ashman (not present)
Judith Bowles
Scott McArthur
Al Reeves

Vice-Chair Mihevc thanked the above individuals and presented them with a plaque in recognition of their efforts and contributions.

2. Update on Streetcar Technology

O. Kobylansky, General Superintendent, Streetcar Maintenance and S. Lam, Superintendent, Vehicle Engineering gave a PowerPoint presentation with respect to this matter.

The Commission Received The Presentation For Information.

Vice-Chair Mihevc Moved That Staff Be Requested To Further Develop This Report And Come To The June Meeting Of The Commission With The Following Information:

1. Life Cycle Business Case For Each Of 3 Options Presented, Such Business Costs To Take Into Account:

- Operating Costs;

- Capital Costs Over The Life Of The Vehicle; And

- Anticipated Effects On Ridership.

2. Operational Analysis For The 3 Scenarios.

3. An Initial Report On Integration Of LRT Service Demands That May Come From The Implementation Of The Ridership Growth Strategy.

Commissioner Shiner Moved That Vice-Chair Mihevc’s Motion Be Referred To Staff For Comment By June 2005, Including What Further Transit Planning Requirements Are Needed For Toronto.

Commissioner Bussin Who Was In The Chair Called For A Vote On Commissioner Shiner’s Referral Motion.

The Motion By Commissioner Shiner Carried.

Commissioner Shiner Moved That Staff Be Requested To Report Back On Options To Make The Current Streetcar Lines Accessible, With An Update At The June 2005 Meeting On The Timeline Necessary To Bring Forward Such Report.

The Motion By Commissioner Shiner Carried.

(Also See Deputation ‘E’ For Minute)

3. Launch of Ad Campaign

A. Smith, Acting Chief Marketing Officer announced the launch of a new ad campaign and contest relating to the Commission’s “25 billionth rider.”

Vice-Chair Mihevc then unveiled the posters to be used in the campaign.

The Commission Received The Announcement For Information.

4. TTC/GTA Farecard Project

It is recommended that the Commission receive this report for information, noting that:

• The TTC continues to work with the Province of Ontario, and the other GTA transit agencies, on a project to implement a smartcard-based automatic fare collection system within the GTA;

• Over the course of the next 10 to 12 months, the TTC will be reviewing the TTC’s business requirements to determine and evaluate how a farecard (smartcard) would work at the TTC, and to update the estimated TTC capital and operating cost impacts accordingly;

• In early 2006, a TTC business plan will be presented to the Commission, and the City, before a decision is made to proceed with full implementation; and

• Throughout the course of the project, both the Commission, and the Commission’s E-System Sub-Committee, will be kept informed accordingly.

Received
 
Vice-Chair Mihevc Moved That The Commission Direct The Chair To Meet With The Province To Discuss The Proposed Establishment Of The Greater Toronto Transit Authority And How This May Impact The TTC/GTA Farecard Project.

The Motion By Vice-Chair Mihevc Carried.

Budget Matters

5. Chief General Manager’s Report – Period 12 (November 28 to December 31, 2004

It is recommended that the Commission:

1. Receive for information the attached Executive Summary of the Period 12 Chief General Manager’s (CGM’s) report covering the period November 28 to December 31, 2004; noting that:

• 2004 TTC Operating Budget

2004 ridership of 418 million was 8 million rides above budget and was the key factor leading to $22 million in increased revenues which were partially offset by $2 million in higher expenses (largely driven by a $5.2 million write-down of a long outstanding receivable from the City of Toronto and the accounting provision for the Ontario Health Premium), the City’s clawback of about $5 million in additional GST rebates, and an anticipated $6.3 million contribution by the City to a Capital Financing Reserve Fund, resulting in an $8.8 million surplus; and

• 2004 Wheel-Trans Operating Budget

a minor budget variance of $7K resulted from the Ontario Health Premium liability and an unaccommodated rate of 2.6%, in comparison to the 2% budgeted, was achieved; and that

• 2004-2008 Capital Program

The year-end cash flow was $2.2 million more than budgeted;

2. Forward a copy of this cover report and the Executive Summary to each City Councillor for information (noting that the detailed CGM’s report is available on request from the Office of the General Secretary of the Commission.

Approved

6. Chief General Manager’s Report Periods 1 & 2 January 1 to February 26, 2005

It is recommended that the Commission:

(1) receive for information the attached Executive Summary of the Chief General Manager’s (CGM’s) report covering the period January 1 to February 26, 2005; and

(2) forward a copy of this cover report and the Executive Summary to each City Councillor for information (noting that the detailed CGM’s report is available on request from the Office of the General Secretary of the Commission).

Approved

Procurement Matters

7. Procurement Authorization Fire Safety System Design Services Contract G85-199

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award of contract to Giffels Associates Limited (Giffels) in the upset limit of $400,000.00 for Fire Safety System Design Services for a three-year period, from notification of award.

Approved

8. Procurement Authorization Structural Assessment and Design Services Contract G85-198

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award of contracts to the following firms in the upset limit amounts listed below, for Structural Assessment Design Services for a three-year period, commencing from notification of award:

1. McCormick Rankin Corporation (MRC) for $2.1M

2. SNC-Lavalin Engineers & Constructors Inc. (SNC) for $2.1M

3. Totten Sims Hubicki Associates (1997) Limited (TSH) for $2.1M

For a total upset limit of $6,300,000.                  
Approved

9. Procurement Authorization – Right-of-Way Protection Scarborough Rapid Transit System Contract J60-18

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award of a contract to Ross

Clair/Division of R.O.M. Contractors Inc. in the amount of $379,000.00, for Contract J60-18 Right-of-Way Protection/Scarborough Rapid Transit System.

Approved

10. Spadina Subway Extension Environmental Assessment Study Phase One – Public Consultation Results

It is recommended that the Commission:

1. Receive this report for information;

2. Forward this report to the City of Toronto Planning and Transportation Committee, the Regional Municipality of York, the City of Vaughan and GO Transit for information.

Approved

11. Procurement Authorization Spadina Subway Extension  Environmental Assessment Study City of Toronto Public Consultation Support Services – Contract Amendment #C11PI04792 #2

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the Contract Amendment C11PI04792 #2 in the amount of $100,000 to the City of Toronto, for Public Consultation Support Services related to the Environmental Assessment for Spadina Subway Extension to Steeles Avenue project.

Approved

12.  Procurement Authorization Mount Dennis BuGarage Building Demolition and Site Remediation
Contract X1-2 Change Directive X1-2-12

It is recommended that the Commission authorize an increase of $250,000 for Change Directive X1-2-12 to Aim Waste Management Inc., for the removal, handling and disposal of PCB contaminated dust in Building 3 on the site.  This will bring the total authorized amount of Change Directive X1-2-12 to $600,000.

Approved

13. Procurement Authorization – Packaging and Mailing of Metropasses

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award of contract to Giesecke and Devrient Systems Canada Inc. (G&D) in the upset limit amount of $1,980,000 for the Packaging and Mailing of Metropasses for a five year period from May 1, 2005 to April 30, 2010.

Approved
14. Procurement Authorization – The Direct Supply of Ford Parts for Non-Revenue Vehicles

It is recommended that the Commission approve the issuance of a purchase order to Thorncrest Sherway Inc. in the total upset limit amount of $300,000 for the supply of Ford parts for non-revenue Ford vehicles for the period April 1, 2005 to March 31, 2007.

Approved

15. Escalation & Status Report – Supply of Low Floor Diesel City Buses

It is recommended that the Commission authorize additional funds in the amount of $11,380,000 (GST included) to allow for payment of escalation costs associated with the purchase of 250 low floor clean diesel buses for delivery in 2005 from Orion Industries Ltd., as required by the escalation clause in the Contract, as outlined on Appendix A.

Approved

16. Procurement Authorization – Toronto Parking Authority – Contract Change for 2005 Operating Expenses

It is recommended that the Commission authorize a Contract Change in the amount of $227,564.00 to the Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) for the 2005 operation and maintenance of the Commission’s commuter parking lots.  This will bring the total authorized for 2005 to $1,285,760.00 for the work.

Approved

17. Purchase Order Amendment Authority Consulting Engineering Services Precast Concrete Tunnel Liner Evaluation & Rehabilitation Contract G85-121 – POAA No. 7

It is recommended that the Commission authorize Purchase Order Amendment Authority No. 7 to Hatch Mott MacDonald Ltd. in the amount of $243,048.00, for additional engineering services during construction for Contract G85-121 – Consulting Engineering Services – Precast Concrete Tunnel Liner Evaluation & Rehabilitation.

Approved

18. Procurement Authorization Greenwood Shop Substation Switchgear Upgrades Contract GR75-11

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award of a contract to Ainsworth
Inc. in the amount of $723,000.00 for Contract GR75-11, Greenwood Shop Substation – Switchgear Upgrades.

Approved

19. Procurement Authorization Consultant Design Services Birchmount Garage Contract E85-17

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award of Contract E85-17 to Totten Sims Hubicki Associates (1997) Limited for Consultant Design Services in the upset limit amount of $1,100,000.

Approved

20. Budget Approval Woodbine Beach Bus Loop – Lake Shore Blvd. East & Northern Dancer Blvd. Contract DC9-2

It is recommended that the Commission approve funds for an unbudgeted expenditure of $320,000 to complete the committed construction of Contract DC9-2 – Woodbine Beach Bus Loop – Lake Shore Blvd. East & Northern Dancer Blvd., and associated work.

Approved

21. Redistribution and Increase of Authorization Construction Management Services Triennial Contract - Contract G85-154

It is recommended that the Commission authorize an increase of $500,000 and the redistribution of the $4.0 million overall upset limit to three consultant firms previously awarded contracts as indicated below:

a) To increase Contract G85-154 for Stantec+UMA Joint Venture by $0.5 million bringing the total authorization from $2.0 million to $2.5 million.

b) To increase Contract G85-154A for McCormick Rankin Corporation by $0.5 million bringing the total authorization from $1.0 million to $1.5 million.

c) To decrease Contract G85-154B for SNC-Lavalin Engineers & Constructors by $0.5 million reducing the total authorization from $1.0 million to $0.5 million.

Approved

22. Procurement Authorization – Inventory/Purchasing Implementation

At The Request Of Staff, The Commission Agreed To Withdraw This Report.

23. Procurement Authorization – The Rental  of Delineators, Traffic Signs and Barricades

It is recommended that the Commission approve the issuance of a purchase order to Stinson Equipment Ltd. in the total upset limit amount of $400,000 for the rental of delineators, traffic signs and barricades for a three-year period from May 1, 2005 to April 30, 2008.

Approved

24. Procurement Authorization – Excavation and Paving 2005 Surface Track Program

It is recommended that the Commission:

1. Approve the issuance of a Purchase Order in the total upset limit amount of $11,700,000 to the City of Toronto – Department of Works and Emergency Services, for the Commission’s cost of excavation and paving within the streetcar track allowance.  This work will be completed by the City of Toronto in 2005; and

2. Note that the planning and construction work is under way at this time since any deferral of the work would impact the ability to complete the work in a timely and cost efficient manner.

Approved

25. Procurement Authorization – Asphalt Repairs and Maintenance

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award of a contract to IPAC Paving Ltd., in the upset limit of $334,000.00, for the repair and maintenance of on-grade pavement at various Commission properties for a two-year term from May 1, 2005 to April 30, 2007.

Approved

26. Procurement Authorization – Rebuild and Overhaul of Transformers Proposal #P31PV05713

It is recommended that the Commission authorize awarding a two-year contract for the Rebuild and Overhaul of Transformers to Ainsworth Inc., in the upset limit amount of $500,000.00.

Approved

27. Procurement Authorization – Rectifier Transformers – Bedford Station

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award of contract to The State Group Inc. (State) in the amount of $329,043.00, for the supply of two new rectifier transformers including disposal of the old existing units, on the basis of the lowest tendered and evaluated price.

Approved

28. Purchase Order Amendment Authorization for the Supply of Miscellaneous Electrical Components and Supplies

It is recommended that the Commission approve:

1. the issuance of a purchase order amendment to Wesco Distribution Canada Inc. in the amount of $1,100,000 increasing the total contract upset limit amount to $5,500,000 for the supply of miscellaneous electrical components and supplies until October 14, 2005; and

2. the issuance of a purchase order amendment to decrease the upset limit amount of the contract with House of Electrical Supplies Ltd. by $200,000 to $20,000 for the supply of miscellaneous electrical components and supplies until October 14, 2005.

29. Purchase Order Amendment C11P104738 #2 Senior Project Coordinator Spadina Subway Extension Environmental Assessment Study 
It is recommended that the Commission authorize contract amendment C11PI04738 #2 in the amount of $125,000 to Delcan Corporation for the continued provision of Senior Project Coordinator services for the Environmental Assessment Study.

Approved

30. Purchase Order Amendment Authority for the Supply of Safety Equipment

It is recommended that the Commission approve the issuance of a purchase order amendment to Hansler Smith Ltd., in the amount of $500,000 increasing the total contract upset limit amount to $5,264,500 for the supply of safety equipment until July 15, 2005.

Approved

31. Purchase Order Amendment – Human Resources and Human Rights Legal Services

Mayor Miller Moved An Increase In Authorization Of $50,000 For Each Contract; And Further That The Report Be Referred Back To The General Counsel With A Request That Staff Submit A Report To The Next In Camera Meeting Outlining The Nature Of The Contracts With The Two Law Firms And Providing Additional Background Information On The Increase That Is Being Sought.

The Motion By Mayor Miller Carried.

32. Purchase Of Pandrol Parts

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award of a three-year inventory supply contract for the supply of Pandrol Parts for the period April 2005 to April 2008 to Pandrol Canada Limited for an upset limit of $2,192,000 including applicable taxes.

Approved

33. Purchase of Track Joint Parts

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award of a three-year inventory supply contract for the supply of various track joints for the period of April 2005 to April 2008 to H.J. Skelton Canada Limited for an upset limit of $423,000 including applicable taxes.

Approved

34. Purchase of Steel Wheels

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the issuance of a purchase order amendment to CAF Components Division – C/O JLB International (CAF) in the amount of $93,337.95 bringing the total of the purchase to $292,367.42 for steel wheels used on the T1 and H6 subway cars.

Approved

35. Approval of the Roll Out of Platform
Video Screens Throughout the System

Commissioner Giambrone Moved The Following:

1. That The Report Be Deferred Until The Next Meeting;

2. That Staff Be Requested To Report Back On The Following Three Proposals Put Forward By The Public Space Committee:

A) That The TTC Request That Onestop And Fourth Wall Media Refrain From Displaying Ads For Automobile Companies Within The Transit System.

B) That The TTC Request That Onestop And Fourth Wall Media Refrain From Showing Full-Screen Video Advertising Which Blocks All Other Information (Date, Time, Weather, News & TTC Information)

C) That The Digital Clock Be Returned To Its Original Size (Approx 17.75 By 4.75 Inches) And That All Design Features Regarding Font Size And Colour Be Made In Consultation With The Ttc Advisory Committee On Accessible Transportation (ACAT).

3. That Staff Be Requested To Report On The Feasibility Of Having The Platform Video Screens Display The Estimated Time Of Arrival Of The Next Two Trains.

4. That Staff Be Requested To Submit The Business Case For Proceeding With The Installation Of The Platform Video Screens.

5. That Staff Be Requested To Report On The Marketing Research Study That Was Conducted With Respect To The Platform Video Screens, Including Who Did The Study, What Questions Were Asked, And Findings From The Research.

6. That Staff Be Requested To Report On The Lifespan Of The Equipment.

7. That Staff Be Requested To Report On The Feasibility Of Having Amber Alert Information Displayed On The Platform Video Screens.

The Motions By Commissioner Giambrone Carried.

Commissioner Ashton noted his opposition to the deferral motion.

(Also See Deputation ‘A’, Commissioners Correspondence CC-1, And Correspondence C-1 For Minute)

36. Summary of Authorized Expenditures for the Period January 1, 2005 to January 31, 2005

It is recommended that the Commission receive this report for information.  It lists expenditures ($100,000 up to $200,000) for the period January 1, 2005 to January 31, 2005, which were approved by Senior Management.

Received

37. Summary of Authorized Expenditures for the Period February 1, 2005 to February 26, 2005

It is recommended that the Commission receive this report for information.  It lists expenditures ($100,000 up to $200,000) for the period February 1, 2005 to February 26, 2005, which were approved by Senior Management.

Received

38. Notice of Award of Procurement Authorization Mount Dennis Bus Garage Building Demolition and Site Remediation Contract X1-2 Change Directives X1-2-5, X1-2-9 and X1-2-12

It is recommended that the Commission receive the notice of award of Commissioners Ashton and Balkissoon and the Chief General Manager to authorize the following:

1. An increase of $700,000 for Change Directive X1-2-9 to Aim Waste Management Inc., for the removal, handling and disposal of approximately 750,000 KGs of PCB contaminated concrete. This will bring the total authorized amount of Change Directive X1-2-9 to $800,000.

2. An increase of $80,000 for Change Directive X1-2-5 to Aim Waste Management Inc., for the removal, handling and disposal of PCB contaminated dust in Building 1. This will bring the total authorized amount of Change Directive X1-2-5 to $180,000.

3. An increase of $250,000 for Change Directive X1-2-12 to Aim Waste Management Inc., for the removal, handling and disposal of PCB contaminated dust in Building 3. This will bring the total authorized amount of Change Directive X1-2-12 to $350,000.

Received

39. Notice of Award – Data Entry Services

It is recommended that the Commission confirm the approval by two Commissioners and the Chief General Manager for the notice of award of a contract to The People Bank (a Division of Design Group Staffing) in the amount of $371,275 and Uptown Data Services Inc. in the amount of $388,368 for a total upset limit amount of $759,643 for the supply of data entry services for the period March 29, 2005 to March 31, 2008.

Received

40. Notice of Award – CA Unicenter Software and Maintenance

It is recommended that the Commission confirm the approval by two Commissioners and the Chief General Manager for the single source purchase of Unicenter software and maintenance to Computer Associates Canada Company (CA) in the upset limit amount of $1,200,000 (including taxes) for a three year period expiring February 27, 2008.

Received

41. Notice of Award – Supply of Industrial Computers

It is recommended that the Commission confirm the approval by two Commissioners and the Chief General Manager for the notice of award of a contract to XWave Solutions in the total amount of $278,369.64 (including taxes) for the purchase of eight industrial computers required for the Communications and Information State of Good Repair project.

Received

42. Notice of Award – Supply of CLRV Truck Suspension Parts

It is recommended that the Commission confirm the approval by two Commissioners and Chief General Manager for the issuance of a purchase order amendment to Bombardier Incorporated in the amount of $222,962, bringing the total of the purchase to $1,080,587.84 for plates, rings, pistons, clamps and springs that will be used for CLRV truck suspension.  

Received

43. Notice of Award – Contract Amendment – Supply of Natural Gas

It is recommended that the Commission confirm the approval by two Commissioners and Chief General Manager for the issuance of an amendment to WPS Energy Services of Canada Corp. (WPS) in the amount of $4,114,000 increasing the total contract upset limit amount to $33,389,000 for the supply of natural gas until August 31, 2005 and a corresponding reduction of $4,114,000 in the funds allocated for the standard industry agreement with Enbridge Consumers Gas Company Ltd. (through TransCanada Pipelines Ltd.) for the transportation of natural gas and the close-out of this agreement.

Received

44. Notice of Award – Sale of St. John’s Loop (1500 Weston Road)

It is recommended that the Commission confirm the approval by two Commissioners and Chief General Manager for the 1500 Weston Road Inc. offer to purchase 1500 Weston Road for the amount of $1,150,000.00 to be accepted.

Received

Other Business

45. 2004 Special Constable Services Annual Report to the Toronto Police Services Board

It is recommended that the Commission:

1. Receive the attached report for information noting that this Toronto Police Services mandated report is not a replacement, but an addition to the annual TTC Security Statistics Report.

2. Forward the attached report to the Toronto Police Services Board in accordance with Section 54 of the Special Constable Agreement between the Toronto Police Services Board and the Toronto Transit Commission.

Approved

Vice-Chair Mihevc Moved That Staff Be Requested To Report Back On The Toronto Police Service Use Of Paid Duty Rates For Training Services Provided To The TTC’s Special Constables.

The Motion By Vice-Chair Mihevc Carried.

46. GO Transit (Accessible Elevator) – Finch Station

It is recommended that the Commission approve the negotiation and execution of an agreement with the Greater Toronto Transit Authority (GO Transit) and Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada for the installation of an accessible elevator and wheelchair ramp at Finch Station (Concourse level) as illustrated on Appendix “A” hereinafter referred to as the GO Works.

Approved

47. TTC Property Taxes

It is recommended that the Commission:

1. Receive this report for information, noting that:

a) The Council of the City of Toronto, at its meeting of February 28, 2005 approved, among other things, the recommendation submitted by the Policy and Finance Committee to request the Province of Ontario to amend the City of Toronto Act, 1997 (No. 2) so as to provide a property tax exemption for all properties owned and/or operated by the TTC that are subject to payment-in-lieu of taxes; and

b) In the interim, for the 2005 budget process, the City of Toronto’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer has stated that it is his intention to hold the TTC harmless against any new or increased property assessments and their corresponding tax increases (including any possible municipal levy increases); and

2. Forward this report to the City of Toronto requesting that the appropriate officials expedite the resolution of this matter.

Approved

48. TTC Corporate Policy Review – Policy 13.2.3, Financial Reporting to the Commission

It is recommended that the Commission approve the following TTC Corporate Policy, as amended, which is attached hereto as Appendix ‘A’:

• Policy 13.2.3, Financial Reporting to the Commission

Approved

49. TTC Corporate Policy Review – Policy 9.5.2, Signing Officers for the Execution of Documents Under Corporate Seal

It is recommended that the Commission approve the following TTC Corporate Policy, as amended, which is attached hereto as Appendix ‘A’:

• Policy 9.5.2, Signing Officers for the Execution of Documents Under Corporate Seal

Approved

50. Policy/Instruction 10.14.0, Safety

It is recommended that the Commission receive for approval, Policy/Instruction 10.14.0, Safety.

Approved

51. Bicycle Racks on TTC Buses – Pilot Project

Commissioner Giambrone advised that he had a video that he wished to show with respect to bicycle racks on buses.

The Commission Received The Video Presentation For Information.

Commissioner Giambrone Moved The Following:

1. That The Commission Receive The Staff Report For Information;

2. That The Commission Direct Staff To Implement The Pilot Project As Described In The Report; And

3. That Staff Be Directed To Find Funds With Which To Pay For The Project.

The Motion By Commissioner Giambrone Carried.

(Also Deputation ‘B’ And Correspondence C-2 For Minute)   

52. Appointment of Members to the  Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation

It is recommended that the Commission approve:

1. The appointment of five (5) candidates (biographies attached) to the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation commencing March 2005 and ending December 31, 2008.

2. Proceed with the recruitment of candidates for the position left vacant due to the passing of Roger Roberts (current ACAT Chair) in March of 2005.  The same selection process will be utilized to fill 2006 ACAT vacancies.

Approved

53. Interdepartmental Working Group – Filming

It is recommended that the Commission endorse for application to the TTC the attached clause that was approved by City Council on November 30, December 1 and 2, 2004, noting that resolution (a) will result in TTC fixing all fees and charges assessed to the industry at a rate coincident with a 78-cent dollar.

Approved

54. Service Improvements For 2005

It is recommended that the Commission:

1. Initiate a 10-week consultation process regarding the recommended service changes shown in Table 1 and described in the attached report, entitled Service Improvements for 2005, noting that:

• The eight recommended service changes would improve service for approximately 525,000 current customer-trips annually and attract approximately 40,000 new customer-trips annually to the TTC; and

• The results of the consultation process will be reported to the Commission;

2. Forward this report, and the attached report to members of City Council with a request that they provide comments on the service change recommendations by June 17, 2005, noting that all recommended service changes are indexed by City ward in Table 2, attached to this report; and

3. Forward this report to the City of Mississauga, York Region, and GO Transit.

Approved

55. TTC Service for the Rochester Ferry in 2005

It is recommended that the Commission approve that, if the Toronto-Rochester Ferry operates again this year, the TTC provides bus service to International Ferry Terminal, noting that:

• There is no funding in the 2005 operating budget for such a service;

• Preliminary information is that the ferry would begin operation in late May 2005, providing two trips per day, seven days per week;

• TTC staff are currently requesting more-final information about the ferry service;

• Service to the ferry terminal would be provided by extending the 172 CHERRY STREET bus route.

Approved

56. 44 Jackes/33 Rosehill (Bretton Place) Lease Rent Renewal

It is recommended that the Commission:

1. Approve the lease rent renewal as outlined in this report; and

2. Authorize staff to execute the necessary agreements to the satisfaction of the TTC’s General Counsel.

Approved

57. Leadership and Professional Development Training Programs

It is recommended that the Commission approve the attendance of Terry Clancy, Superintendent – Transit Control at the Operations Leadership Program; Jim Lee, Chief Project Procurement and Pierre Laurin, Head – Civil & Geotechnical Design at the Leadership Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business from May 29 to June 3, 2005.  The approval of the attendance of Bob Hughes, Chief Marketing Officer and Roman Boychuk, Superintendent – Workforce Administration is also requested for the Leadership Program at the Queen’s School of Business from June 19 to 24, 2005.

Approved

58. Services for Pre-Placement Medical Program

It is recommended that the Commission authorize proceeding with the option to extend the contract with MDS Executive Health Services (MDS) for the provision of Pre-placement Medical Assessments for a two year period from May 1, 2005 to April 30, 2007; and increase the upset limit amount by $352,000 to $507,000.

Approved

59. Hydro Corridors – TTC Input to Provincial Secondary Land Use Program for Transmission Corridors

It is recommended that this report be received for information.

Received

60. Staff Response to Commission Inquiries

a) Eglinton West – Comparison of TTC and Toronto Parking Authority Parking Lot Pricing

The Commission had before it a memorandum dated April 6, 2005 from R. Ducharme, Chief General Manager entitled, “Staff Response to Commission Inquiry – Eglinton West – Comparison of TTC and Toronto Parking Authority Parking Lot Pricing.”

The Commission Received The Memorandum For Information.

b)  Monitoring the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

The Commission had before it a memorandum dated April 6, 2005 from R. Ducharme, Chief General Manager entitled, “Staff Response to Commission Inquiry – Monitoring the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).”

The Commission Received The Memorandum For Information.

c) Short and Long-Term Noise and Vibration Abatement Program

The Commission had before it a memorandum dated April 6, 2005 from R. Ducharme, Chief General Manager entitled, “Staff Response to Commission Inquiry – Short and Long-Term Noise and Vibration Abatement Program.”

The Commission Received The Memorandum For Information.

d) Fare Media

The Commission had before it a memorandum dated April 6, 2005 from R. Ducharme, Chief General Manager entitled, “Staff Response to Commission Inquiry – Fare Media.”

The Commission Received The Memorandum For Information.

Vice-Chair Mihevc Moved That Staff Be Requested To Report Back By January 2006, Or Earlier If Possible, On The Results Of The Vending Equipment Pilot And Potential For Expansion.

The Motion By Vice-Chair Mihevc Carried.

Vice-Chair Mihevc Moved That The Vending Equipment Used In The Pilot Also Have The Capability Of Accepting Credit Cards.

The Motion By Vice-Chair Mihevc Carried.

In response to an inquiry from Mayor Miller, R. Ducharme, Chief General Manager also advised that staff would be bringing back a report to the next meeting outlining the planned schedule for introducing the capability of having fare media purchased at Collector Booths through the use of Debit Cards. 

e) Increasing TTC Ridership

The Commission had before it a memorandum dated April 6, 2005 from R. Ducharme, Chief General Manager entitled, “Staff Response to Commission Inquiry – Increasing TTC Ridership.”

Vice-Chair Mihevc Moved That The Commission Refer The Memorandum To The TTC’s Ridership Growth Strategy Sub-Committee For Consideration.

The Motion By Vice-Chair Mihevc Carried.

(Also See Deputation ‘F’ For Minute)

61. Correspondence

C-1 Andrew Woodrow, Michele Champagne, Thom Pratt, Rakesh Ratti, Liam O’Donnell, Jan Grygier, Ann Blair Beesley, Janet Langdon and Zenobia Homavazir forwarding comments regarding the installation of platform video screens in subway stations.

The Commission Received The Communications For Information.

(Also See Deputation ‘a’, Commissioners Correspondence Cc-1 And Report No. 35 For Minute)

C-2 Ward Noble, dated March 17, 2005 expressing his support for the installation of bicycle racks on buses.

The Commission Received The Communication For Information.

(Also See Deputation ‘B’ And Report No. 51 For Minute)

C-3 Gord Perks, dated March 31, 2005 urging the Commission to reaffirm its decisions regarding the “Building a Transit City” report, and forward them to the joint meeting of the City Works and Planning and Transportation Committees to be held on April 7, 2005 concerning the Don Valley Corridor Transportation Master Plan.

Vice-Chair Mihevc Moved That The Following Motions Be Forwarded To The April 7th, 2005 Joint Meeting Of The Planning And Transportation And Works Committees:

1. Each Route Be Closely Examined To Determine Feasibility Of Lrt As Well As Brt; And

2. That Staff Be Directed To Report This Year On A Staging Plan That Assumes All Corridors Are Streetcar/LRT And Investigates The Resulting Carhouse, Overhead, Vehicle And Technology Issues.

The Motion By Vice-Chair Mihevc Carried.

(Also See Deputation ‘G’ For Minute) 

32. New Business - Nil

The meeting adjourned at 5:05 p.m.