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Feds help tackle TTC’s $2.7B backlog

PTIF announcement at St Clair West Station Aug. 23 2016. 8/24/16 3:41 PM

Faster. Stronger. Safer. More accessible. This is how Toronto Mayor John Tory and Finance Minister Bill Morneau see the TTC operating with the injection of new nuts-and-bolts funding announced at St Clair West Station on Aug. 23, 2016.

Hundreds of millions of new dollars will immediately begin to flow into the TTC’s capital program, via a new federal/municipal infrastructure fund, for vehicle repair and overhaul, track replacement and rehabilitation, elevator installations, escalator enhancements and overall infrastructure maintenance and improvements.

“I can’t be more excited about the impact that these investments are going to have on our city and on our economy and on helping to create a higher living standard for all the people who live here,” Morneau said. He added that more funding will be announced in the coming months, which will focus on expansion of the transit network through new lines and services.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier announced an agreement on Phase 1 of the long-term infrastructure plan, the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF).

The new funding is allocated on the basis of ridership levels, and during his visit to Greenwood Shop on May 6, Trudeau pledged up to $840 million in public transit funding for Toronto.

The first phase of infrastructure funding unveiled in the Federal Budget last March included up to $3.4 billion over three years to upgrade and improve public transit systems across Canada. Starting this year, $1.5 billion will flow to the province and up to $840 million to the City and the TTC for continued state-of-good-repair work.

The TTC’s 2016-2025 Capital Budget was approved by City Council on Feb. 17. The budget was approved as submitted to the TTC Board on Nov. 23, 2015. The budget continues to provide for state-of-good-repair projects and legislated requirements (92 per cent of the total in the 10-year envelope). But over the next five-year period, the TTC is facing an $830-million shortfall; and over the total 10-year-period the shortfall grows to $2.7 billion. The federal funding will make a big dent in that shortfall.

The Federal PTIF is covering 50 per cent of the cost of eligible projects, with the City of Toronto providing matching funds (retroactive to April 1, 2016). Here’s the TTC’s preliminary list of priority projects:

Bridges/Structures Maintenance: $4,731,500
Toronto Rocket/T1 Rail Yard Accommodation: $4,910,000
Subway Facility Renewal Program: $4,263,500
Fire Main Replacement at Wilson Yard: $4,009,500
Retrofit of Carhouse and Shop Traction Power Pendant System: $619,500
Line 2 Bloor-Danforth Automatic Train Control Resignalling: $4,500,000
Subway Escalator Overhaul Program: $5,534,500
Escalator Replacement Program: $1,300,000
Subway Pump Replacement Program: $3,376,500
Fire Ventilation Upgrade: $1,375,000
Backflow Preventers: $1,243,500
On-Grade Paving: $4,786,500
Structural Paving: $1,887,500
Skylight Replacement Program: $85,000
Stations Transformation (including Zone Hubs): $9,185,500
Subway Track Rehabilitation Program: $14,097,500
Subway Turnout Rehabilitation Program: $11,470,000
Subway Rail Grinding: $2,874,500
Train Door Monitoring System: T1/TR Overhaul and Communications: $17,569,000
T1 Subway Cars: 20-Year Overhaul: $5,772,000
T1 Subway Cars: 15-Year Overhaul: $11,191,500
TR Subway Cars: 7-Year Overhaul: $4,386,000
Subway Workcars: $7,710,000
LRV Carhouse Facility and Renewal: $378,000
Surface Track Replacement Program: $23,032,500
Surface Special Trackwork Replacement Program: $8,152,500
Reconstruction of Streetcar Overhead: $8,219,000
Life-Extension Overhaul of 40 Articulated Light Rail Vehicles: $12,955,000
Bus Hoists: $8,084,000
Bus Washracks: $2,973,500
Platform Modifications to Accommodate Articulated Buses: $10,000,000
Transit Signal Priorities: $13,495,000
Purchase of 4 of 99 Low-Floor 40 foot Diesel Buses for Customer Service Initiatives: $1,315,000
Orion VII Diesel and Nova Articulate Bus Rebuild Program: $41,465,000
Replacement of Orion VII Hybrid Bus Components: $8,423,500
60-foot bus fleet: $531,000
Automatic Passenger Counts expansion to remainder of TTC 40-foot bus fleet and ALRVs: $4,659,000
Automatic Passenger Counts equipment on LRV fleet order: $350,000
Customer-Facing Information Screens: $2,500,000
VISION (CAD/AVL): $15,000,000
Easier Access Phase III: $3,475,000
AODA Requirements: Subway Fleet, Buses, Streetcars: $5,163,500
T1 Pre-Boarding Announcement System: $1,573,000
201 Wheel-Trans Buses: $4,345,000
Wheel-Trans Friendly Bus Rebuild Program: $2,115,500
Bus Stop Improvements for Accessibility: $10,000,000
Wheel-Trans Transformation Program: $4,780,500
Maintenance of Joint TTC/Toronto Transportation Bridges: $2,073,500
Tunnel and Station Leak Remediation Program: $4,892,500
Structure Rehabilitation Program: $16,479,500
Storage Tanks-Oil Interceptors: $640,000
Subway Asbestos Removal Program: $3,793,500
Roofing Rehabilitation Program: $12,126,500

To the City flows funding for the preliminary list of transit-related planning and design projects:

Union Station Infrastructure: $750,000
Finch West LRT Early Works: $25,000,000
SmartTrack Planning and Design: $3,000,000
Eglinton West LRT Planning and Design: $3,500,000
Scarborough Subway Extension Planning and Design: $125,000
Eglinton East LRT Planning and Design: $3,500,000
Relief Line Planning and Design: $27,760,000
Waterfront Transit Design: $1,800,000
Surface Transit Operational Improvement Studies: $250,000
Bicycle parking at 40 TTC stations: $425,000
Bike Share Toronto Expansion at 50 TTC stations: $1,250,000
Burnhamthorpe/Renforth Boulevard multi-use trail to Kipling Station: $1,045,000
Transit Signal Priority System Renewal Study: $50,000
New mid-block crossings to transit stops: $1,500,000

Top photo: Among the numerous elected officials supporting new transit funding announced at St Clair West Station on Aug. 23, 2016 were, from left: Trinity-Spadina MPP Han Dong, International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, TTC Chair Josh Colle, Mayor John Tory and Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

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