Downtown Rapid Transit Expansion Study

Commissioners unanimously accepted the findings of a report detailing the demand and benefits of a Downtown Relief Line. The report, jointly prepared by TTC/City of Toronto staff, in co-operation with Metrolinx, is titled Downtown Rapid Transit Expansion Study -- Phase 1 Strategic Plan. It's a strategic review of the need for rapid transit facilities in the downtown over the coming decades, with a focus on the specific problem of addressing overcrowding on the Yonge Subway. The report projects transit ridership coming from the Toronto suburbs and beyond into the downtown core will grow by 51 per cent by 2031.

The Commission also confirmed its support for City Council's 2009 decision directing that Metrolinx be requested to prioritize the Downtown Relief Line in advance of the Yonge North Extension in order to accommodate capacity issues resulting from the extension of the Yonge Subway (to Richmond Hill).

Commission requests feasibility studies

Commissioners approved motions by Vice-Chair Glen De Baeremaker and Commissioner Peter Milczyn requesting that TTC staff report back at the January 2013 Commission meeting on the merits and feasibility of converting the Scarborough RT to a subway -- instead of the currently-approved light rail -- from Kennedy Station, north through the Scarborough Town Centre, continuing on to Sheppard and McCowan, and the further extension of such a subway from Sheppard and McCowan to Sheppard and Don Mills.

CEO Report: 2012 ridership projection

TTC ridership continues to grow with year-to-date results 2.4 per cent above budget. The growth is being driven by strong Adult Monthly Metropass sales, which are 5.3 per cent above budget. This favourable trend is anticipated to continue for the remainder of 2012. The ridership projection for the year has been increased to 514 million from the previous forecast of 511 million.

Spadina Subway opening extended to 2016

Commissioners received a report on the schedule status of the subway extension project, which indicated the completion date has been adjusted for fall 2016 from December 2015. The report stated that longer-than-expected funding approvals and station design agreements, complex utilities relocation, contractor performance and the tragic death of a contracted worker on Oct. 11, 2011 have contributed to the project schedule extension.

Commuter lot pricing changes

Commissioners approved a $1-increase at two of its commuter parking lots. Effective on Jan. 1, 2013, the TTC will charge a $6 daily flat rate at the Don Mills lot (up from $5) and a $4 daily flat rate at the Kennedy East lot (up from $3). The pricing change is expected to generate about $81,000 annually.

Commission meeting schedule for 2013

Commissioners approved the 2013 schedule of board meetings at Toronto City Hall as follows (held at 1 p.m. unless otherwise indicated): Monday, January 21; Monday, February 25; Wednesday, March 27; Wednesday, April 24; Friday, May 24; Monday, June 24; Wednesday, July 24; Wednesday, September 25; Wednesday, October 23; Monday, November 18; and Thursday, December 19.