October 20, 2017
This week’s TTC Board meeting saw the TTC exonerated from any suggestion that it misled City Council or that it submitted to political pressure in compiling a briefing note relating to the planned Scarborough Subway Extension.
Acting on a privately generated complaint, the Toronto Auditor General conducted an exhaustive inquiry into suggestions that I, as CEO, and the TTC in general, had participated in a politically inspired move to prevent any reversion to light rapid transit to replace the aging SRT, rather than a Line 2 subway extension.
While the Auditor General found that the distribution of the briefing note could have been better, and while she made recommendations relating to clarity of assumptions in such non decision-making documents, she was very clear in her finding that there was no evidence of any wrongdoing on the part of TTC staff.
I was confident from the start that this would be the case. Indeed, I initially asked the City Ombudsman to investigate days after the associated news story broke.
Now, completely exonerated, we will continue focusing on what really matters: providing impartial, informed advice as we work ceaselessly to improve transit in this great city.
Located at Highway 407 north of Toronto, Highway 407 Station is a multi-modal transportation hub for the TTC, YRT/VIVA and GO Transit, and provides accessible bus service and space for a future 407 Transitway.
Outside of the station, customers can soak in the coloured and textured concrete of the landscaping. Inside, the station’s public art — developed by Toronto’s David Pearl — lies in the subway skylights and the western bus station glass façade at the top of the escalators.
Come get a sneak peek at Highway 407 Station, as well as Pioneer Village and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre stations, on Sat. Oct. 28 from 1-5 p.m. Visit ttc.ca for more details.
Last week, TTC Chair Josh Colle, Ward 31 Councillor Janet Davis and Debbie Gillespie, Chair of the TTC’s Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT), celebrated the completion of upgrades to Woodbine Station, including elevators that connect the street/bus level to the subway platform.
Coxwell, Dupont, Royal York and St Patrick stations are currently under construction to make them accessible. Elevators at Coxwell Station are scheduled for completion by year’s end, with all stations set to be fully accessible by 2025.
For more information about accessibility on the TTC, visit ttc.ca
This weekend, Oct. 21-22, Line 1 Yonge-University will be closed between St George and Sheppard West stations only as TTC crews conduct train testing on the new Automatic Train Control (ATC) system.
Shuttle buses will run between Sheppard West and Lawrence West stations only due to on-street construction along the closure route. Service on several east-west bus and streetcar routes will be doubled to the Yonge portion of Line 1. Consider using one of these routes for your journey.
Regular service resumes Monday morning at 6 a.m.
Queen Station fare gate construction
Queen Station will close at 11 p.m. between now and the end of November as crews continue installing new paddle-style fare gates with PRESTO.
Queen Station will operate on the following schedule:
- Oct. 18 - 19 AND Oct. 23 to the end of November: The station will close early at 11 p.m. each night.
- Oct. 20 at 11 p.m. until Mon., Oct 23, 6 a.m.: The station will be closed for the weekend.
During the weekend and early closures, trains will bypass Queen Station in both directions.
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we work to modernize the TTC. For more on PRESTO and to see station construction schedules, visit ttc.ca
Name: Bogdan Calinescu
Position: Senior Technical Analyst - Server Technology
Years of service: 16
I lead the team that manages IT infrastructure at the TTC. Our team works behind the scenes to maintain internal file storage and all the servers at the TTC and I’m also involved in most major IT projects around the organization. I love working in this dynamic environment. Technology changes quite quickly and in our department we need to keep up and build new procedures in order to maintain flexibility and accommodate the changes. I can truly take pride in my work and feel appreciated by my peers and senior leadership in the organization. Outside of work I enjoy traveling, spending time with my family and I’ve been a motorcycle rider for the past two years — my newest hobby.
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