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Toronto Transit Commission Board

Meeting No.: 2051
Meeting Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021

A meeting of the TTC Board was held by video conference on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 commencing at 10:02 a.m. The meeting recessed at 10:12 a.m. to meet as the Committee of the Whole. The Board re-convened the public session at 11:47 a.m. The meeting recessed at 12:35 p.m. and reconvened at 1:08 p.m.

Present at Committee of the Whole

J. Robinson (Chair), J. De Laurentiis (Vice-Chair), B. Bradford, S. Carroll, F. Jagdeo, C. Lai, R. Lalonde, J. McKelvie, D. Minnan-Wong, J. Osborne (Commissioners), R. Leary, G. Downie, B. Hasserjian, J. La Vita, B. Leck, K. Llewellyn-Thomas, M. MacRae, F. Monaco, G. Piemontese, N. Poole-Moffatt, J. Ross, J. Taylor, K. Watson, R. Wong, M. Atlas,A. Cassar, J. Imbrogno, C. Finnerty, A. Farnsworth, J. Ishak.

D. Magisano (Mayor’s Office), R. Van Fraassen (Chair Robinson’s Office); and

F. Fernandes and K. Goodarznezhad (Resolve Collaboration) were present.

B. Case and R. Park (TTC) were present for Item 3. A. Gibson (TTC) was present for Item 5. P. Savides (TTC) was present for Item 6.

J. Robinson was in the Chair.

Present at Public Session

J. Robinson (Chair), J. De Laurentiis (Vice-Chair), B. Bradford, S. Carroll, F. Jagdeo, C. Lai, R. Lalonde, J. McKelvie, D. Minnan-Wong, J. Osborne (Commissioners), R. Leary (Chief Executive Officer), G. Downie (Chief Capital Officer), B. Hasserjian (Chief Safety Officer - Acting), J. La Vita (Interim Chief Financial Officer), B. Leck (General Counsel),

K. Llewellyn-Thomas (Chief Strategy and Customer Officer), M. MacRae (Acting Chief People Officer), F. Monaco (Chief of Infrastructure and Engineering), G. Piemontese (Interim Chief Diversity & Culture Officer), N. Poole-Moffatt (Chief of Corporate Affairs),

J. Ross (Chief Operating Officer), J. Taylor (Chief of Staff), K. Watson (Deputy Chief Executive Officer), R. Wong (Chief Vehicles Officer), M. Atlas (Associate General Counsel), B. Case (Head – Vehicle Programs), A. Cassar (Director – Budgets, Costing and Financial Reporting), A. Gibson (Head – Strategy and Foresight), S. Haskill (Head – Project Development and Planning), K. Thorburn (Head – Corporate Initiatives),

C. Finnerty (Director – Commission Services), A. Farnsworth (Co-ordinator – Secretariat Services) and J. Ishak (Administrator – Secretariat Services).

D. Magisano (Mayor’s Office), R. Van Fraassen (Chair Robinson’s Office), J. Pertulla (City of Toronto); and F. Fernandes and K. Goodarznezhad (Resolve Collaboration) were present.

J. Robinson was in the Chair.

Land Acknowledgement

Chair Robinson requested C. Finnerty to acknowledge that the TTC Board was meeting on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. C. Finnerty also acknowledged that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit.

Declaration of Interest - Municipal Conflict of Interest Act

Nil

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

Commissioner Bradford moved that the Board approve the Minutes of Meeting No. 2049, held on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 and Meeting No. 2050, held on Monday, December 21, 2020.

The motion by Commissioner Bradford carried.

Business Arising Out of the Minutes

Nil

Committee of the Whole

Chair Robinson moved the following motion:

  1. That the Board recess as the Committee of the Whole to consider information about a position, plan, procedure, criteria or instruction to be applied to negotiations carried on or to be carried on by or on behalf of the TTC, labour relations or employee negotiations, advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose, litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, and the security of the property or local board, related to items 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 of the agenda.

The motion by Chair Robinson carried.

Public Presentations

  • Item No. 8: Transit Network Expansion
    Alan Yule
    The Board received the deputation for information (see Item 8 for minute).
  • Item No. 9: SRT Life Extension Project Options Analysis
    Michael Rein
    Meredith Lordan
    Zain Khurram (City Youth Council of Toronto)
    Jamaal Myers (Scarborough Business Association)
    Sarah Abdillahi (Scarborough Campus Students’ Union)
    Terezia Zoric (University of Toronto Faculty Association)
    Moya Beall (Scarborough Transit Action)
    Alan Yule
    Steve Ostrowski (Municipal Transit Solutions)
    The Board received the deputations for information (see Item 9 for minute).
  • Item No. 11: City Council Transmittal – Economic and Community Development Committee Item 17.2 Fair Pass Program – 2020 Update
    Jasmine Mohamed (TTCRiders)
    Ketheesakumaran Navaratnam (TTCRiders)
    Alan Yule
    The Board received the deputations for information (see Item 11 for minute).

Presentations/Reports/Other Business

1. Chief Executive Officer’s Report – February 2021 Update

Chair Robinson moved receipt of the Chief Executive Officer’s Report – February 2021 Update for information.

The motion by Chair Robinson carried.

Received

2. Approved Minutes of the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT) General Monthly Meetings for November 26, 2020 and December 17, 2020

ACAT Chair Igor Samardzic introduced this item.

Commissioner McKelvie moved receipt of the approved minutes from the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT) General Monthly Meetings for November 26, 2020 and December 17, 2020 for information.

The motion by Commissioner McKelvie carried.

Received

3. Liquidated Damages for the Supply of Additional Streetcars from Bombardier Transportation Canada Ltd.

Commissioner Jagdeo moved adoption of the staff recommendations as follows:

It is recommended that the TTC Board:

  1. Approve the terms and conditions relating to the liquidated damages for the additional streetcars as set out in the Confidential Attachment; and
  2. Direct staff to make public the terms and conditions relating to liquidated damages as set out in the Confidential Attachment following the successful negotiation and execution of an agreement.

The motion by Commissioner Jagdeo carried.

Approved

4. State of Good Repair – Delegated Authority to CEO

Chair Robinson moved the following motion:

That the TTC Board:

  1. Delegate authority to the TTC Chief Executive Officer, as directed in-camera, to award contracts for asbestos abatement work.
  2. Approve in lieu of the standard Certificate of Recognition (COR™) requirements, that the Contractor(s) be required to provide a site-specific safety plan prior to commencing work on TTC Property; as a condition to performing the demolition/abatement work, and in order to ensure site and worker safety.
  3. Direct staff to report back on any budget adjustments should additional asbestos abatement work proceed, as part of the quarterly Financial Update report.

Commissioner Carroll requested a recorded vote on the motion.

C. Finnerty conducted a recorded vote on the motion by Chair Robinson.

In favour (9): Chair Robinson, Vice-Chair De Laurentiis, Commissioners Bradford, Jagdeo, Lai, Lalonde, McKelvie, Minnan-Wong, Osborne.

Opposed (1): Commissioner Carroll

The motion by Chair Robinson carried.

Chair Robinson moved adoption of the staff recommendations, as amended, as follows:

It is recommended that the TTC Board:

  1. Adopt the recommendations contained in Confidential Attachment 1 and authorize that the financial information in the confidential attachment remain confidential until such time as a contract is awarded, and that the information related to labour relations matters remain confidential.
  2. Approve in lieu of the standard Certificate of Recognition (COR™) requirements, that the Contractor(s) be required to provide a site-specific safety plan prior to commencing work on TTC Property; as a condition to performing the demolition/abatement work, and in order to ensure site and worker safety.
  3. Direct staff to report back in Q2 on the results of the project should it proceed.

Commissioner Carroll requested a recorded vote on the motion.

C. Finnerty conducted a recorded vote on the motion by Chair Robinson.

In favour (9): Chair Robinson, Vice-Chair De Laurentiis, Commissioners Bradford, Jagdeo, Lai, Lalonde, McKelvie, Minnan-Wong, Osborne.

Opposed (1): Commissioner Carroll

The motion by Chair Robinson carried.

Amended

5. PRESTO, Fare Policy and Collection Strategy Update

Commissioner Lai moved adoption of the staff recommendations as follows:

It is recommended that:

  1. The TTC Board receive this report for information.
  2. The information in the Confidential Attachment remain confidential as it is subject to solicitor-client privilege.

The motion by Commissioner Lai carried.

Approved

6. Consultant Services

Commissioner Carroll moved adoption of the staff recommendations as follows:

It is recommended that:

  1. The Board authorize the award of Contract E85-24 to AECOM in the upset limit amount of $15 million in Canadian funds, inclusive of all taxes, with a duration of 10 years from the Notification of Award, on the basis of the highest total weighted score.
  2. The information contained in the confidential attachment remain confidential as it relates to information regarding the security of the property of the TTC.

The motion by Commissioner Carroll carried.

Approved

7. Large Litigation Matters

Commissioner Bradford moved adoption of the staff recommendations as follows:

  1. Approve the Confidential Recommendations as set out in the Confidential Attachment 1; and
  2. Authorize that the information and recommendation provided in the Confidential Attachment 1 is to remain confidential in its entirety as it contains advice which is subject to client-solicitor privilege.

The motion by Commissioner Bradford carried.

Approved

8. Transit Network Expansion

Chair Robinson moved the following motion:

  1. That the TTC Board request the Chief Executive Officer to consult with the City Manager and Chief Executive Officer, Metrolinx, to ensure that the respective departments related to transit expansion are aligned and minimize duplication.

The motion by Chair Robinson carried.

Chair Robinson moved adoption of the staff recommendations, as amended, as follows:

It is recommended that the TTC Board:

  1. 1. Authorize the Chief Executive Officer to execute a Subway Program Resource Agreement between the TTC and Metrolinx, including terms to have Metrolinx fund temporary staff positions in support of the Subway Program for the period from 2020 to 2025 and renewable in subsequent years.
  2. Request City Council authorization to amend the 2021 TTC Operating Budget to:
    1. Increase authorized complement by 34 temporary positions representing fully dedicated core resourcing for the Metrolinx subway expansion program, with 2021 gross expenses up to $7.78 million and $0 net, with these roles and associated costs fully funded by Metrolinx.
    2. Delegate authority to the Interim Chief Financial Officer, to authorize additional temporary positions in order to flexibly respond to the resource requirements of the Metrolinx Subway Program, subject to the following conditions:
      1. Confirmation is received that the 2021 subway expansion program work requires the addition of net new complement to support the work;
      2. Metrolinx agrees to fully fund all costs associated with the additional positions; and,
      3. Changes to authorized complement and gross expenses under this delegated authority are reported throughout 2021 as part of quarterly variance reports.
  3. Authorize the Chief Executive Officer, in consultation with the City Manager, City of Toronto where applicable, to negotiate a Master Agreement and/or other applicable Agreements with the Province and/or any other relevant provincial agency for the purposes of the planning, procurement, construction, operations, and maintenance of the Subway Program, in accordance with Board and City Council direction, and to report back to the Board on the results of such negotiations.
  4. Request Metrolinx to conduct meaningful engagement with the TTC’s Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT) as part of the Project Specific Output Specification (PSOS) review and design review for all projects within the provincial programs.
  5. Direct staff to ensure all Members of City Council receive a copy of the report.
  6. Direct staff to report back to the Board on the outcome of Operating and Maintenance roles and responsibilities discussions for the Provincial Subway Program

The motion by Chair Robinson carried.

Amended

Correspondence submitted by: Hamish Wilson

9. SRT Life Extension Project Options Analysis

Commissioner Osborne moved the following motion:

  1. That staff be directed to include a BRT or busway on the SRT right-of-way as part of the replacement transit service options analysis, including signal priority measures, receive input and feedback on it through the Community Engagement process, including any necessary changes to the City’s Surface Transit Network Plan priorities, and report back to the Board as part of the Q3 Board Report.

The motion by Commissioner Osborne carried.

Commissioner Bradford moved the following motion:

That the TTC Board:

  1. Request the Chief Executive Officer to begin the process to request the Deputy Minister of Transportation and CEO, Metrolinx to provide funding for additional buses required as part of the SRT decommission, and to include this as part of continuing costing and resource requirements as part of continued analysis of Option 2 and 3.
  2. Request TTC staff, in consultation with the City of Toronto’s General Manager, Transportation Services and Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration division, to develop a framework to engage with local City Councillors and the City’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas and Neighbourhood Planning Tables as part of consultation in advance of SRT decommission.

The motion by Commissioner Bradford carried.

Commissioner Carroll moved the following motion:

  1. That TTC staff be required to include potential future uses of RT station lands in all consultations on the replacement service consultations.

The motion by Commissioner Carroll carried.

Commissioner McKelvie moved adoption of the staff recommendations, as amended, as follows:

It is recommended that the TTC Board:

  1. Approve moving forward with assessing the remaining two preferred options, Option 2 – SRT to 2023 and Bus Replacement Service 2023 to 2030 with new buses and Option 3 – SRT to 2023 and Bus Replacement Service within current fleet 2023 to 2026 and new buses 2027 to 2030, in conjunction with:
    1. Conducting public consultation to seek input from customers, community and stakeholders on bus network changes for bus replacement service; and,
    2. Advancing the details of transit priority measures to optimize bus service in consultation with the City of Toronto Transportation Services.
  2. Direct staff to report back to the TTC Board in the third quarter of 2021 with the final recommendation.

The motion by Commissioner McKelvie carried.

Amended

Correspondence submitted by: Councillor Paul Ainslie (City of Toronto), Alexander Leonard, Ian Johns, Hamish Wilson, Terezia Zoric (University of Toronto Faculty Association), Steve Ostrowski, Andrew Schulz, Andrea Charise, Susannah Bunce, Filiz Kahraman, Moya Beall (Scarborough Transit Action), Toronto Youth Cabinet, Anup Grewal, Barry Freeman, Anna Kim (Scarborough Civic Action Network), Erhard Kraus, Michael Longfield (Cycle Toronto)

10. Update to TTC Corporate Policy 8.3.0 – Entrance Connections

Chair Robinson moved adoption of the staff recommendation as follows:

It is recommended that the Board:

  1. Approve the revisions to TTC Corporate Policy 8.3.0 – Entrance Connections as set out in Attachment 1 to this report.

The motion by Chair Robinson carried.

Approved

11. City Council Transmittal – Economic and Community Development Committee Item 17.2 Fair Pass Program – 2020 Update

Commissioner Lai moved the following motion:

That:

  1. As part of its 5-Year Fare Policy Review and 10-Year Fare Collection Study, the TTC examine aligning the current seniors fare discount and the City's Fair Pass Discount;
  2. As part of its 5-Year Fare Policy Review and 10-Year Fare Collection Study, the TTC examine seniors transit fare policies in other world cities;
  3. As part of its 5-Year Fare Policy Review and 10-Year Fare Collection Study, the TTC examine senior transit fare polices in other Ontario cities, where reduced rates for seniors are provided in off peak hours;
  4. The TTC and the City of Toronto approach the Ontario Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility to identify funding opportunities for seniors transit fares;
  5. The TTC report back by the end of the second quarter 2021 on policies related to senior fares policy as part of its 5-Year Fare Policy Review and 10-Year Collection Study.

The motion by Commissioner Lai carried.

That the TTC Board:

  1. Direct the TTC CEO to explore opportunities for the relevant TTC divisions, including within the TTC-Metrolinx Joint Advisory Group, to better integrate the City's Fair Pass Program with the PRESTO system, with consideration for opportunities such as:
    1. In-person sign-up opportunities and clinics for Fair Pass sign-up
    2. Adjusting implementation based on the findings of the 2019 Phase 1 Evaluation Report findings
    3. Partnership opportunities with municipal and provincial agencies to improve access to the TTC for people with low-income.

The motion by Commissioner Bradford carried.

Chair Robinson moved adoption of the staff recommendations, as amended, as follows:

It is recommended that the TTC Board:

  1. Request the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Transit Commission, in partnership with the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, as part of the Toronto Transit Commission’s 5-Year Fare Policy and 10-Year Fare Collection Outlook to identify, streamline and reduce barriers for residents to fully apply for the Toronto Transit Commission’s fare concessions and the Fair Pass discount.
  2. As part of the Toronto Transit Commission’s 5-Year Fare Policy and 10-Year Fare Collection Outlook, review fare measures to assist seniors.

The motion by Chair Robinson carried.

Amended

Correspondence submitted by: Shelagh Pizey-Allen (TTCRiders), Scarborough Chinese Seniors Association, Senior East Indian Club.

The meeting adjourned at 4:55 p.m.