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New report provides update on TTC, City, Province upload discussions

The City of Toronto issued a report today providing an update on the ongoing transit realignment discussions between the TTC, the City and the Province of Ontario. The report, Status Update – Toronto Ontario Transit Responsibilities Realignment Review, will be considered at the June 6, 2019 meeting of the City of Toronto’s Executive Committee.

In addition to providing an update on the realignment of transit responsibilities (also known as the “upload”) and an overview of recent legislation introduced by the Province (Bill 107 – Getting Ontario Moving Act), the report also includes information on the Province’s different requests for information. The TTC and City have been advised by the Province that they intend to undertake an asset condition assessment of TTC subway infrastructure as part of a third-party open book financial and technical valuation. In order to carry out this assessment, the Province has requested on-site access to various TTC assets, such as stations, vehicles, bridges, track, tunnels and wayside equipment.

We are in the early stages of working with the Province to determine the logistics and scope of this assessment. As soon as we know more, we will share more information, including timelines, specific locations and people who will need to be involved in this assessment.

New legislation – an overview

The Province’s new Getting Ontario Moving Act introduced earlier last month will, among several other transportation initiatives, upload responsibility to the Province for rapid transit expansions and new builds. The Province had previously stated that legislation would be part of their plans to expand transit in Toronto.

As I have previously stated, this new legislation will most likely have an impact on the TTC. The details or scope of what that means are still to be determined and we are committed to working with all of the parties involved in a co-operative and collaborative way.

In April, the Province made a significant announcement about transit expansion in Toronto and the surrounding areas. Four projects were highlighted. They were:
> A revised and extended Relief Line (the “Ontario Line”) will cost $10.9 billion and will be delivered by 2027.
> The Line 1 North Extension will cost $5.6 billion and should be open soon after the Relief Line.
> A revised and extended Line 2 East Scarborough Extension will cost $5.5 billion and will be delivered before 2030.
> The Line 5 Eglinton West Extension will cost $4.7 billion and will be delivered before 2030.

We will continue to work with the City of Toronto and the Province on the specifics of the new legislation as it relates to the future ownership of our subway network, as well as the impacts to our organization.

Thank you – as always – for the hard work you do, and for continuing to provide excellent service to our customers as we keep this city moving.

Richard J. Leary
Chief Executive Officer
June 3, 2019

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