Design Review Subcommittee (DRS) - Craig Nicol
During May, DRS had one field trip and one meeting.
On May 10, 2018, DRS members attended at the Humber College Bus Loop to review and advise on the alterations to incorporate a Wheel-Trans Access Hub. Items reviewed include the depth of shelter, entrance size/location, Wheel-Trans vehicle lay by, curb ramp for rear boarding, and railing removal for side boarding.
A DRS meeting was held on May 16, 2018.
Easier Access (EA) III Design, Lawrence Station
Steve Stewart, Project Manager for the Easier Access Program presented the station EA III design. Two elevators will be installed, a two-stop elevator connecting street and fare concourse and a three-stop elevator connecting fare concourse, buses and trains. The project is scheduled for completion in 2023.
Subcommittee Questions and Comments:
It was recommended that, due to the path of travel and installation of new stairs, all stairways at this entrance receive tactile attention indicators at the top of stairs. Northbound and Southbound trains signage should be located at platform level.
Subway Station Accessibility Audits
Brian Putre from Stantec Consulting presented last years’ accessibility audit findings on subway stations for the implementation of Family of Services. The audit grouped observations into four categories: Infrastructure, Path of Travel, User Information, and Supplemental Amenities. From the audit findings, DRS was able to isolate several issues for further study and action. Findings were separated into short-term and long-term action items.
Subcommittee Questions and Comments:
- Per OBC, CSA and CNIB tactile attention indicators are not to be installed at the bottom of stairs or at top and bottom of ramps.
- Signage should not be installed on the floor.
- Designated path of travel signage would assist in finding the accessible route.
- Wheel-Trans needs to develop a rationale as to where stops are located for the benefit of customers.
DRS requested the schedule for pre-boarding announcement activation on all subway lines. TTC is testing lines 3 & 4 but have not resolved issues for lines 1 & 2.
The next DRS meeting will be held on July 4, 2018.
Wheel-Trans Operations Committee (WTOS) - Lynn McCormick
A WTOS meeting was held on May 17, 2018. The following items were discussed:
- ProMaster buses are to be retrofitted with better suspensions, before which WTOS members will be able to test ride characteristics to confirm their improvement.
- The Family of Services (FoS) pilot project has ended, but the FoS program continues.
- The Community Buses Pilot project has been extended, with a report planned for early 2019.
- Staff will change the way they report Wheel-Trans on-time performance to the TTC Board. The benchmark for lateness will be rides that are late by 20 minutes or more instead of 10 minutes or more, bringing this metric in line with industry standards.
Service Planning Subcommittee (SPS) - Thomas Richardson
An SPS meeting was held on May 28, 2018. The following items were discussed:
Update on Elevator Closure
An update was presented on the progress of and proposed upcoming Elevator Maintenance Shut downs. The second of three elevators at the Kennedy Station is still in progress, and there is no definite time for completion as the contractor is waiting for parts. Work on the third elevator will not begin until the second elevator is completed. When work on the third elevator begins, accessible alternatives using conventional transit to reach the concourse level at the station will be posted on the TTC website and Customer Service Agents will be available to assist customers. Two other scheduled elevator shut down will occur at the Scarborough Town Centre and Bathurst Station. The start time for these projects is estimated in the early part of 2019. Accessible alternative routes using conventional transit will be posted and Customer Service Agents will be in attendance to assist customers during these closures.
Parallel Bus Routes along Lines 1 and 2
An earlier proposal to run parallel bus routes along lines 1 and 2 during rush hours was researched and it was concluded that it was both impractical and not cost effective to go further with this initiative.
Update on Placement of Hubs
Based on a review of the Meadowvale Hub and further feedback from ACAT members, it was determined that future hubs would be placed close to safe access to conventional transit as possible. In cases where hubs are placed close to or beside existing bus shelters/stops, these hubs will be clearly identified.
The next SPS meeting will be held on July 4, 2018.