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Latest update on TTC, City, Province upload discussions

Ministry of Transportation asset condition assessments to take place over the next few months

The TTC continues to participate with the City of Toronto in ongoing discussions with the Province on the realignment of transit responsibilities. A major area of focus has been the TTC subway system.

The Province’s interest in transit expansion and with the TTC subway system requires an extensive period of education and awareness-building between the TTC and the Province. The TTC has recently provided comprehensive safety and system training for a small team of Ministry of Transportation-led inspectors who will be onsite soon. These inspectors will be conducting an assessment of the subway system in order to better understand its complexity and interconnectedness with the entire TTC network. These assessments will take place over the next few months, starting in September. Inspectors will be accompanied by assigned TTC staff at all times.

Transit Expansion Projects

I also provided an update in my August CEO’s Report on the Province’s upload of the transit expansion projects. On July 23rd, the Province enacted a regulation (O. Reg 248/19) that designated the Scarborough Subway Extension, Yonge North Subway Extension and Relief Line South and North as ‘sole responsibility projects’ of Metrolinx. Under the legislation, the Province has the authority to transfer assets, liabilities, rights and obligations related to the project from the TTC to Metrolinx.

As outlined in my August CEO’s Report, the TTC is still having discussions with the Province on a potential staff services agreement for TTC staff to provide support to the transit expansion projects that are now under Metrolinx authority. The parameters of such an agreement are still being discussed. Further town hall meetings will continue to be held with impacted TTC employees to provide information.

As a result of the regulation being filed, effective August 30th, consultant contracts related to the three transit expansion projects have been reassigned from the TTC to Metrolinx. Consultant staff that have been reassigned are currently in the process of moving to Metrolinx offices.

Myself and the Executive Team remain committed to sharing information as it becomes available and will continue to provide updates.

Thank you – as always – for the hard work you do, and for being committed, helpful and understanding throughout these discussions.

Richard J. Leary
Chief Executive Officer
August 30, 2019

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