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Highlights from October’s TTC Board meeting

Yesterday (October 22), Commissioners approved the TTC’s Fleet Procurement Strategy and Plan that will allow the TTC to fast track the priority procurement of 683 new vehicles at a cost of $550 million made possible through the City Building Fund, with deliveries beginning as early as next year.

This plan will see hundreds of new energy-efficient and zero-emission buses carrying TTC customers starting in two years to replace our aging fleet, advance the City’s climate change goals, improve the customer experience while promoting economic prosperity and the social vibrancy of the city.

As well, yesterday’s Board meeting was the TTC’s opportunity to say farewell to Commissioner and former Vice-Chair Alan Heisey. Commissioner Heisey has served on the Board for eight years and yesterday’s meeting was his last.

Commissioner Heisey’s experience and guidance will be greatly missed by TTC staff and by Mayor Tory who expressed his appreciation by video conference at the start of the meeting.

And finally, in a year that marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, I was disappointed to advise Commissioners that due to the pandemic, this year will be one in which veterans will not be present in our subway stations to hand out poppies for the first time in a very long time.

The Toronto Royal Canadian Legion’s annual poppy campaign normally kicks off in the subway at the end of October. It’s always an honour for us to thank our veterans in person and remind the city that more than 600 TTC workers enlisted for service in WWII, among other conflicts. Their names are remembered on our official Honour Rolls – including a dozen killed in action.

On Remembrance Day, the TTC will continue to honour Canada’s fallen on by pausing all service for two minutes at 11 a.m. on November 11 to honour those who died in service of our country.

As well, all current members of the Canadian Armed Forces in uniform, as well as war and peacekeeping veterans wearing military service medals or ribbons will ride the TTC free of charge, along with one companion.

Below are more highlights of Commission decisions approved on October 21.

Richard J. Leary
Chief Executive Officer
October 23, 2020

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TTC Board Meeting Highlights (October 2020)

TTC Board Meeting Highlights October 22, 2020

TTC Fleet Procurement Strategy and Plan

After a comprehensive presentation by TTC vehicle programs staff, Board members unanimously approved the TTC’s Fleet Procurement Strategy and Plan, including the following recommendations:
> Streetcars: 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.
> City buses and Wheel-Trans buses: Delegate authority to the TTC CEO to award up to two contracts for the supply and delivery of approximately 300 hybrid-electric buses for the estimated cost of $390 million, inclusive of taxes and project delivery costs.
> Request staff to report back to the TTC Board in Q2 2021 with the first-year test results of the eBus head-to-head evaluation and the resulting technical requirements for the supply and delivery of approximately 300 all-electric, long-range buses starting in 2023 through 2025.
> Delegate authority to the TTC CEO to issue a contract change, through Metrolinx’s Joint Procurement Initiative, to Creative Carriage Ltd. for the supply and delivery of approximately 70 Wheel-Trans buses at an estimated cost of $20 million, inclusive of all project delivery costs.
> Electric vehicle charging infrastructure: Request staff to continue working with Toronto Hydro Electrical Supply Ltd. and Ontario Power Generation and report back to the TTC Board in Q1 2021 with a draft agreement(s) for the delivery of the required bus, Wheel-Trans and non-revenue vehicle charging infrastructure to enable achievement of the TTC’s target for a fossil-fuel-free/zero-emissions fleet by 2040.
> Subway trains: Approve the expenditure of $3 million to continue advancing the initial phase of procurement for 80 new subway trains, including employee and customer consultations, development of technical and commercial specifications and development of concept drawings, through to the end of Q1 2021, recognizing that this expenditure will be sunk cost should the additional $1.61 billion not be committed by that time.
> Intergovernmental: Request the Provincial and Federal governments to provide funding to leverage municipal funding in order to procure the full program of new vehicles and related systems as follows:
   - Streetcar: commitment of $360 million in net new funding by Q2 of 2021 to fully fund the $500 million procurement of 60 new streetcars;
   - Subway trains: commitment of $1.61 billion in net new funding by Q1 of 2021, of which approximately $1.25 billion is required in 2020-2029 and $0.36 billion is required from 2030-2034, to fully fund the $2.24 billion procurement of 80 new subway trains;
   - Buses: commitment of $1.17 billion in net new funding required by Q1 2023 to fully fund the $1.86 billion procurement of 1,422 buses;
   - Wheel-Trans buses: commitment of $154 million in net new funding required by Q2 of 2021 to fully fund the $206 million procurement of 512 new Wheel-Trans buses; and
   - Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: commitment of $442 million in net new funding required by Q2 of 2021 to fully fund the $550 million deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure for buses and Wheel-Trans buses.

Board members also approved motions from Commissioners Heisey and Minnan-Wong relating to the requirement for autonomous conversion in future vehicle procurements, maximizing passenger occupancy in future subway vehicles and negotiating strong contractual penalties to ensure timely vehicle deliveries.

Harvey Shop Roofing Rehabilitation

Board members approved the award of a contract worth $19.5 million to Triumph Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc. to replace the built-up roofing system above the shop, and install a new fall prevention system and walkway pads. At about 20,000 square metres (or the size three-and-a-half football fields) Harvey Shop has one of the largest roofs at the TTC. The roof is divided into nine sections, which are made of Siporex concrete panels, metal decks and concrete decks. The existing roof system is about 35 years old and showing signs of deterioration. The roof work is expected to begin in spring of 2021, and will not impact day-to-day operations at Harvey Shop or Hillcrest.

State of Good Repair/Asbestos Abatement acceleration

The TTC Board approved a recommendation to delegate authority to the TTC CEO to award a contract worth up to $8 million for asbestos abatement on a portion of Line 1 Yonge-University, between Finch and Sheppard-Yonge, in the event that a 10-day subway closure to conduct the work proceeds in December. The TTC is developing the business case for an extended closure to accelerate planned state-of-good-repair work during the pandemic, and will report back its results at the November Board meeting. If approved, the closure would be scheduled December 4-14, 2020 and a shuttle bus service would operate along Yonge Street based on current ridership levels and respecting social distancing.

Bloor-Yonge Capacity Improvements

After a detailed presentation by TTC engineering and planning staff, Commissioners approved a report to begin the property acquisitions for the early works of the Bloor-Yonge Capacity Improvement project. Major capacity improvements to Bloor-Yonge Station are required before the Line 1 extension to Richmond Hill is in service. The scope of work that is planned includes: new second platform for Line 2 (eastbound); expansion of Line 1 platforms (both northbound and southbound); new substation; five new fan plants; vertical circulation elements (escalators, elevators, stairs); new entrance and fare line; and associated utilities and finishes). Early works are proposed to start in 2022, with the main project works scheduled to begin in 2024. The majority of Bloor-Yonge Station will be expanded at 2 Bloor St. E.

The total cost for the Bloor-Yonge Capacity Improvements project is currently estimated at $1.5 billion, to be funded equally by the City of Toronto, the Province and the Federal government. City Council approved its funding share during the 2020 Budget process by allocating $500 million in new funding from the City Building Fund in the TTC’s 2020-2029 Approved Capital Budget and Plan. The City’s funding enables the TTC to begin the necessary planning and preparatory work for this project.

Next meeting of the TTC Board

The next scheduled virtual TTC Board Meeting will be on Monday, November 16.

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