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Update on transit alignment discussions

In December, I provided you with an update on the discussions taking place about the future of the subway system as part of the overall TTC network.

As of today, the TTC, together with the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario, have agreed to terms of reference to guide a discussion about how best to align transit responsibilities between the two parties. (The terms are available for viewing on the City of Toronto website).

Toronto-Ontario Terms of Reference - February 2019

In a news release issued by the City this morning, the commitment to doing the best for transit and the City of Toronto remains the top priority. The release notes that, “the Province and City have maintained a longstanding partnership with respect to advancing public transit initiatives and both acknowledge that the TTC’s subway system is an important component of an integrated transit network serving Toronto, as well as the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.”

As I have mentioned all along, you can rest assured that this issue continues to have my full attention. I have been providing – and will continue to do so – my best professional advice to City Council and the TTC Board when it comes to the TTC’s role today and in the future. I am committed to keeping you informed about how these discussions with the Province and the City progress.

I have seen exceptional resilience and determination on the part of our employees over the last few weeks as you worked in some of the most challenging weather conditions. This steadfast commitment to the work you do is what drives me to make decisions and provide advice that are always with your best interests in mind.

Richard J. Leary
Chief Executive Officer
February 12, 2019

Province, City agree on terms of reference for realignment of transit responsibilities

The Province of Ontario and City of Toronto have agreed to terms of reference to guide a discussion about how best to align transit responsibilities between the two parties.

The Province and City have maintained a longstanding partnership with respect to advancing public transit initiatives and both acknowledge that the TTC’s subway system is an important component of an integrated transit network serving Toronto, as well as the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Both parties share a number of objectives, including the accelerated implementation of priority expansion projects; the integration of transit services across all modes and agencies (TTC, Metrolinx, other 905 transit agencies); the modernization and enhancement of the existing subway system, while ensuring the system is maintained in a state of good repair; the continuity of safe, reliable service to all residents who depend on it for mobility; and a long-term sustainable, predictable funding model for the existing transit system and future transit needs.

Toronto City Council directed City Manager Chris Murray to proceed with an agreed-to terms of reference and to report back to City Council in the first quarter of 2019 with a progress report.

City of Toronto news release issued February 12, 2019.

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