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Commission seal 12 February, 2021

At our first Board meeting of the year earlier this week, we covered a number of items, which you can read more about in the Board Highlights below. In particular, I wanted to draw your attention to a presentation I made updating the Board on our Five-Year Corporate Plan.

Our current Five-Year Plan has guided the TTC’s transformation and modernization since 2018. The comprehensive overview laid out the TTC’s achievements over the past few years, as well as laying out where we need to go over the next 18 months to fulfill that vision.

I advised Commissioners that work on the next Corporate Plan will start later this year with the aim of seeking Board approval at the start of 2023. Our future plans will be guided by our key service objectives, which are to:
> Provide a safe, seamless and reliable transit service;
> Be an inclusive and accessible service provider;
> Transform to solidify our fiscal foundation; and
> Innovate for future demand.

So now we’re looking ahead to the balance of this year and next year to fully achieve our stated goals and objectives. Our progress will be tracked through reports to the Board and my commentary in the CEO’s Report.

We have an ambitious program and a lot of road to cover still. However, if the TTC has proven anything it’s that we’re an extremely agile and resilient organization. Despite the challenges and emerging priorities over the last few years, we’ve remained firm to our critical paths, always guided by our safety-before-production mentality.

Most importantly, it’s thanks to the hard work and dedication of our workforce that the TTC owes its reputation for safety, service and courtesy.

Commissioners recognize and appreciate everything you do to meet our obligation of service to the citizens of our great city.

My overview to Board members covered a lot of material and I hope you will take the time to view it. The presentation along with the entire meeting is available on the TTC’s Official YouTube Channel.

And finally, on Wednesday the Government of Canada announced a landmark investment of $15 billion for public transit over eight years. This is fantastic news for public transit in Canada. I look forward to updating you in the coming weeks on what exactly this funding will mean for the TTC.

Thank you again. And please remain safe.

Richard J. Leary
Chief Executive Officer
February 12, 2021

TTC Board Meeting Highlights (February 2021)

TTC Board Meeting February 10, 2021

Board welcomes new citizen Commissioner Fenton Jagdeo
Board members welcomed new citizen Commissioner Fenton Jagdeo to his first Commission meeting. City Council confirmed his appointment on February 2. Mr. Jagdeo has spent a large part of his career at a global management consultancy firm, with a focus on business strategy and innovation. He’s also a co-founder of BIPOC Network, an initiative to create opportunities for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour and LGTBQ+ students, starting with Western University and the Ivey Business School. His term on the Commission runs until March 2023.

The Board also congratulated Vice-Chair Joanne De Laurentiis on her re-appointment to the TTC Board. The Vice-Chair has served on the TTC Board since October 2016. Her new term runs until February 2025.

Board welcomes new ACAT Chair Igor Samardzic
Board members welcomed Igor Samardzic, the new Chair of the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT), to his first Commission meeting. Mr. Samardzic was elected as ACAT Chair in January. Commissioners also recognized ACAT’s new Vice-Chairs, Debbie Gillespie and Chris Stigas.

CEO presentation
Board members received a detailed presentation from CEO Rick Leary highlighting the TTC’s accomplishments over the last few years as well as its future plans in the ongoing transformation and modernization of the TTC. The TTC is midway through the current Five-Year Corporate Plan (2018-2022). Work on the next plan gets underway later this year with the aim of seeking the Board’s approval at the start of 2023.

Liquidated damages for the supply of additional streetcars from Bombardier
The TTC Board approved a staff report recommending terms and conditions relating to the liquidated damages for additional streetcars from Bombardier Transportation Canada Ltd., which was acquired by Alstom SA on January 29, 2021. The terms are set out in a confidential attachment and a further recommendation directed staff to make public those terms and conditions following the successful negotiation and execution of an agreement.

At its October 2020 meeting, Board members passed a motion directing the TTC CEO to negotiate with Bombardier strong contractual penalties and terms to ensure on-time delivery of new vehicles and to avoid unacceptable and irresponsible delays.

At the same October meeting, Commissioners unanimously approved the TTC’s Fleet Procurement Strategy and Plan, which included a recommendation to delegate authority to the TTC CEO to issue a contract change with Bombardier Transportation Canada Inc. for the supply of 13 streetcars at an estimated cost of $140 million, inclusive of all taxes and project delivery costs. That funding is included in the TTC’s 2021-2030 Capital Budget and Plan that was approved by the TTC Board at its meeting on December 21, 2020. The Plan will be before City Council for consideration on February 18.

State of Good Repair/Asbestos Abatement acceleration
The TTC Board approved a recommendation to delegate authority to the TTC CEO to award a contract for asbestos abatement on a portion of Line 1 Yonge-University (St Patrick Station). Should the project proceed, the contract will be awarded through a negotiated Request for Proposal (RFP).

Due to timing constraints associated with the proposed project, and the extraordinarily accelerated timeframes in order to take advantage of the decreased ridership, the TTC issued the RFP in advance of obtaining the delegated authority and completion of its analysis, in order to ensure it would be positioned to proceed with the project should it make sense to do so. Should it go forward, the contract would be awarded by about March 8.

PRESTO, Fare Policy and Collection Strategy Update
Board members received a progress report for information on PRESTO and the TTC’s Fare Policy and Collection Strategy. The staff report provides a status update on the following:
> Timing of the Settlement Agreement amending the current contract with Metrolinx now planned for April 2021;
> Timing of Metrolinx’s re-procurement of its major vendor, procurement of modernized devices for the TTC and the delayed progress on the delivery of open payment by PRESTO until June 2023; and
> Information update on the TTC’s issuance of a Request for Information on January 18, 2021, which is the first step on the critical path to the TTC procuring a new vendor to replace the current fare collection system by the end of the TTC-Metrolinx agreement in 2027.

The TTC and Metrolinx continue to collaborate on unresolved contract deliverables and clarifying business requirements. Both organizations are working to ensure that the TTC’s requirements for open payment and refresh are integrated into PRESTO’s 2022 re-procurement, while also moving forward with the Board’s direction to procure a new fare collection vendor for the TTC by 2027.

Transit Network Expansion
Commissioners approved the Transit Network Expansion report, which provides an update on the progress of major TTC network expansion projects and programs across the city. Among the recommendations given the go-ahead were to:
> Authorize the TTC CEO 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.
> Authorize the TTC CEO, in consultation with the City Manager (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.
> Request Metrolinx to conduct meaningful engagement with ACAT as part of the Project Specific Output Specification review and design review for all projects within the provincial programs.

Commissioners also approved a motion by TTC Chair Jaye Robinson directing the TTC CEO to consult with the City Manager and Metrolinx CEO to ensure that the respective departments related to transit expansion are aligned and minimize duplication.

By 2031, the TTC will operate a network of six subway and light rail transit lines. It is expected to maintain the track, track and tunnel infrastructure, system-wide systems, and fleet for the extensions to Lines 1 and 2. The TTC is in discussions with Metrolinx on roles and responsibilities for maintenance of stations infrastructure on the extensions to Lines 1 and 2, which will be evaluated through a business case analysis.

SRT Life Extension Project Options Analysis
The TTC Board approved the SRT Life Extension Project Options Analysis report and a staff recommendation to narrow the list to two preferred options for further assessment. The options to provide accessible and reliable transit in the SRT corridor are:
> Option 2 – operate the SRT to 2023 and Bus Replacement Service 2023 to 2030 with new buses; and
> Option 3 – operate the SRT to 2023 and Bus Replacement Service within current fleet 2023 to 2026 and new buses 2027 to 2030.

Option 1, to continue operating the SRT to 2030 (in conjunction with bus replacement service) was the highest cost option, with life-cycle costs of $522.4 million. Due to a high risk of not achieving the required service reliability, it was not recommended for further consideration. SRT vehicles were designed to be retired in 2010. They are 10 years past their design life of 25 years and are becoming increasingly more difficult to maintain. Reliability continues to degrade and parts are becoming more difficult to find.

Board members also approved the following staff recommendations:
> Conduct public consultation to seek input from customers, community and stakeholders on bus network changes for bus replacement service;
> Advance the details of transit priority measures to optimize bus service in consultation with the City of Toronto Transportation Services; and
> Direct staff to report back to the TTC Board in Q3 2021 with the final recommendation.

In addition, the Board also approved the following motions:
> Direct TTC staff 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.
> Request the TTC CEO to begin the process to request the Deputy Minister of Transportation and Metrolinx CEO to provide funding for additional buses required as part of the decommission, and to include this as part of continuing costing and resource requirements as part of the continued analysis of Options 2 and 3.
> Request TTC staff, in consultation with the City’s General Manager of Transportation Services and Executive Director of Social Development, Finance and Administration, 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.
> Request that TTC staff be required to include potential future uses of RT station lands in all consultations on the replacement service consultations.

Under the two options carried forward, SRT service would continue to 2023, after which train service would end; and express bus replacement service would operate to 2030 (when the Scarborough Subway Extension is scheduled to open).

With Option 2, new buses would be added to the bus fleet in 2023/24 to implement the bus replacement service. With Option 3, the purchase of new buses would be deferred to 2027/29 by using buses within current fleet from 2023 to 2026, temporarily reducing the operating spare ratio. From 2027 through to 2029, the operating spare ratio would be built back up by purchasing 20 buses per year.

Next meeting of the TTC Board
The next scheduled virtual TTC Board Meeting will be on Wednesday, April 14.


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