ACAT Meeting


Meeting Info

Date:Thursday, May 29, 2008
Location:1900 Yonge Street, 7th Floor Boardroom
Meeting No:204
  • Agenda
  • Meeting Minutes
  1. Call to Order / Attendance
  2. Approval of Agenda
  3. Review and Approval of April 24, 2008 Minutes (ATTACHED)
  4. Introduction of New General Superintendent of Wheel-Trans
  5. Business Arising Out of Minutes/Outstanding Items
  6. Report on Commission Meeting Accessibility Matters
  7. Subcommittee Reports and Updates
  8. Deputations: None
  9. Transit City – Accessible Light Rail Services
  10. Procurement of Light Rail Vehicles
  11. Safety & Security Update
  12. ACAT General Meeting Location
  13. Wheel-Trans Bus Purchase – Update
  14. Accessible and Sedan Contracts Update
  15. People in Motion Update
  16. Media Event – City Hall – May 15, 2008
  17. Public Forum Meeting May 20, 2008
  18. Jane Station and Accessible Bus Routes
  19. Other / New Business
  20. Next Meeting – June 26, 2008
  21. Adjournment

Present

  • Jo-Ann Bentley
  • Bill Castor
  • Adam Cohoon
  • Dorothy Creaser
  • Marcia Cummings
  • Susan Davidson
  • Penny Lamy
  • Angela Marley
  • Scott McArthur
  • Melanie Morris
  • Linda Napier
  • Anna Noviss
  • Christene Rowntree
  • Howard Wax

Pool Members

  • Anita Dressler
  • Jessica Geboers
  • Igor Samardzic

Regrets

  • Karen Lee

TTC Representatives

  • Ross Visconti
  • Bill Frost
  • Dean Milton
  • Glenn Johnston
  • Mitch Stambler (Item #9)
  • Stephen Lam (Item #10)
  • Kevin Seto (Item #10)
  • Willie Sturm (Item #11 & #12)
  • Freda Stanois

Copies

  • Gary Webster
  • Vince Rodo
  • John Sepulis
  • Rick Cornacchia
  • Al Chocorlan
  • TTC Commissioners

1. Call to Order / Attendance

Chair Penny Lamy called the meeting to order at approximately 1:05 p.m. Roll call was taken.

2. Approval of Agenda

ON MOTION OF HOWARD WAX, ACAT APPROVED THE REVISED AGENDA.

3. Review and Approval of April 24, 2008 Minutes

ON MOTION OF HOWARD WAX, THE MINUTES OF APRIL 24, 2008 WERE APPROVED SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING REVISIONS: 
Bill Castor should be added to the list of members present at the meeting.

Item #6, “Subcommittee Reports and Updates”. It was suggested that all notes/reports be attached to all future meeting minutes.

“Application and Eligibility Review” The word ‘Citizens’ should be replaced with ‘Canadians” in the reference to the Alliance of Equality for Blind ‘Canadians.”

“Service Integration” It should be noted that Anna Noviss gave a verbal report on this Subcommittee, not briefing notes as suggested in the minutes.

4. Introduction of New General Superintendent of Wheel-Trans

Bill Frost introduced himself as the new General Superintendent of Wheel-Trans and gave a brief history of his experience and contributions at the Commission. On behalf of the ACAT Committee, Penny Lamy welcomed Bill Frost and is looking forward to future work together.

5. Business Arising Out of Minutes/Outstanding Items

Ross Visconti reviewed the list of outstanding items for May 2008 noting that two items were on the agenda. It was also recommended that all items referred by ACAT to Subcommittees be added to the list of Outstanding Items. As well, presentations on subway stations will also be added to the list as a way of keeping track of the different phases. Howard Wax made reference to the “Light Rail Transit Lines” and the fact that ACAT has not been included in any public forums or meetings.

6. Report on Commission Meeting Accessibility Matters

Sue Davidson reported on the items discussed at the Commission meeting of May 21, 2008. (Copy of briefing attached hereto).

7. Subcommittee Reports and Updates Communications

Marcia Cummings gave a verbal update of items reviewed at the May 28, 2008 meeting of the Communications Subcommittee. She advised that the Internet Trip Booking system was up and running and ACAT members were encouraged to use it; the TTC Website will be launched next week in BETA version; an Easier Access video is also to be produced; and an invite was extended to attend the Family Day Roadeo on Sunday, June 8, 2008, at Arrow Road Division.

Application and Eligibility Review 
Dean Milton reported that the Subcommittee has identified a need for a comprehensive eligibility process, taking into account that it should not be medical in nature only, but also looking at whether an individual can overcome barriers. He mentioned that Subcommittee members have conducted self-assessments based on the new criteria and are working on the physical assessment phase.

Service Integration

Dean Milton reported that the Subcommittee has developed items for “Secret Shoppers Surveys”.

Design Review

Glenn Johnston gave an overhead presentation on the issues related to the Design Review Subcommittee.

8. Deputations - NIL

9. Transit City – Accessible Light Rail Service

Mitch Stambler, Manager - Service Planning, gave a PowerPoint presentation on this matter.

10. Procurement of Light Rail Vehicles

Stephen Lam, Superintendent, and Kevin Seto, Senior Mechanical Engineering – LRV Engineering, Rail Cars & Shops Department, gave a PowerPoint presentation on this matter. Copies were distributed. As well, it was requested that the presentation be available electronically. As discussed in Item 5, this matter should now be added to the list of outstanding items.

11. Safety & Security Update

Willie Sturm, Fire Prevention Officer, Safety Department advised that in the event of fire, it is the responsibility of Toronto Fire to evacuate ACAT members from 1900 Yonge Street, as required.

Angela Marley raised concerns with the lack of availability of accessible meeting rooms located on accessible transit routes. Staff noted the foregoing concerns.

12. ACAT General Meeting Location

It was noted that ACAT general meetings will be held at 1900 Yonge Street.

13. Wheel-Trans Bus Purchase – Update

Bill Frost advised that because there is no current supplier for new buses, the Bus Rebuild Program will be accelerated.

14. Accessible and Sedan Contracts Update

Ross Visconti advised that more than three compliant submissions were received and that a report recommending the three successful companies will be submitted to the July or August meeting of the Commission for approval.

15. People In Motion

Ross Visconti advised that rides to the CNE for the People in Motion Show can be booked through the internet and that there will also be a shuttle bus operation from Bathurst Station every ½ hour commencing at 9:30 a.m., with the last bus at 5:30 p.m.

16. Media Event – City Hall – May 15, 2008

Glenn Johnston reported on the media event held at City Hall and on some of the issues discussed, i.e., presentation of TTC accomplishments and future TTC plans and the identifying of major opportunities to use accelerated funding.

17. Public Forum Meeting May 20, 2008

Glenn Johnston advised that the comments received at the public forum will be reviewed individually and that a debriefing of TTC staff, the monitor, and members of ACAT will likely be held in the near future.

18. Jane Station and Accessible Bus Routes

Glenn Johnston advised that due to operational safety concerns at Jane Station, the low-floor buses were exchanged for lift-equipped vehicles. He now confirmed that the issues have been resolved and that low-floor buses have been put back into operation at Jane Station.

19. Other/New Business

Penny Lamy raised an issue with respect to emails being forwarded to numerous TTC staff. She has requested that emails be sent to either Ross Visconti or Glenn Johnston, who will then forward them to the appropriate staff for action.

20. Next Meeting

The next meeting of ACAT will be held on Thursday, June 26, 2008, in the 7th Floor Boardroom, 1900 Yonge Street.

21. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 3:40 p.m.

Freda Stanois 
Secretary

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