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Federal money helps keep the TTC on modernization track

8/4/17 6:00 AM

Earlier this week (Aug. 1), I joined Toronto Mayor John Tory and TTC Chair Josh Colle at our Hillcrest operating base to witness progress on construction of a new streetcar facility that includes rail bending capabilities.

This is a new building that will enable TTC staff to prepare and pre-assemble new streetcar rail for future rail replacement projects.

While not particularly glamorous, it represents real progress in two important ways.

First, this work is one of many new projects underway that have funding from the federal government as part of its Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) allocation to Toronto, with the balance coming from City Council.

Second, this project enables us to deliver increased operational efficiency. Consolidating all rail bending operations into a modern, fit-for-purpose facility will save the TTC $1.8 million annually, money that can be put back into improved service for you, our customers.

A raft of other projects is underway to make full use of this hard-won funding. Over the next two years, nearly 800 new buses will come into service, replacing vehicles that are nearing the end of their useful life.

These improvements are all part of modernizing your TTC and creating a better, more reliable transit service for Toronto. We are grateful to the federal government for their help in modernizing your TTC.

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