SEE MEETING MINUTES
A special meeting of the Toronto Transit Commission was held in the 7th Floor Boardroom, 1900 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario on Thursday, May 1, 2003 commencing at 9:35 a.m.
Present - Committee of the Whole
H. Moscoe (Chair), B. Ashton, D. Miller, J. Flint, P. Li Preti, N. Kelly and D. Shiner (Commissioners), R. Ducharme (Chief General Manager), V. Rodo (General Manager - Executive & General Secretary), G. Webster (General Manager – Operations), J. Sepulis (General Manager - Engineering & Construction), L. Hilborn (Deputy General Manager - Corporate), A. Chocorlan (Manager - Materials & Procurement), P.F. Buttigieg (Acting Chief Financial Officer & Chief Accountant - Financial Services), M. Stambler (Manager - Service Planning), T. Middlebrook (Chief Engineer - Engineering), W. Dawson (Superintendent, Route and System Planning), W. Buffett (Assistant General Secretary) and F. Stanois (Coordinator - Secretariat Services) were present.
H. Moscoe was in the Chair.
Declaration Of Interest
1. Presentation - "Status Report on Transit
Requirements, Project Plans and Funding Arrangements"
W. Dawson, Superintendent - Route and System Planning gave a PowerPoint presentation entitled, "Transit Requirements, Plans and Funding Issues."
The Commission Received The Presentation And Referred It To The Strategic Communications Sub-Committee For Consideration And Development Of A Communications Strategy Which Will Effectively Convey The Facts Raised In The Presentation.
Commissioner Li Preti Moved The Following Motion:
Whereas, The Provision Of High-Quality Rapid Transit Service Is Critical To Attracting Travellers To Transit, As Is Advocated In The City Of Toronto's New Official Plan, In York Region's New Transportation Master Plan, By The Central Ontario Smart Growth Panel, And By The Federal Government's Kyoto Action Plan; And
Whereas, The Undertaking Of Environmental Assessments Of The Extensions Of The Spadina And Sheppard Subways Would Be Consistent With The Provision Of Such High-Quality Rapid Transit In The Greater Toronto Area; And
Whereas, It Is In The Common Interests Of The City Of Toronto, The Region Of York, The City Of Vaughan, And The Toronto Transit Commission To Proceed With Environmental Assessment Studies In Support Of The Extensions Of These Subways, Both Of Which Would Facilitate Both Inter-Regional And Intra-Regional Transit Travel; And
Whereas, The Provincial And Federal Governments Have Recently Announced The Provision Of Funding For Transit Initiatives Which Facilitate Inter-Regional Transit Travel; And
Whereas, The Cost Of The Environmental Assessments For The Extensions Of The Spadina And Sheppard Subways Is Approximately $5 Million; And
Wheras, The Provincail and Federal Governments hace not yet agreed to provide any funding Towards the Undertaking of these Enviromental Assessments;
Therefore be it resolved that:
• The City Of Toronto, York Region, The City Of Vaughan, And The Toronto Transit Commission Agree To Each Contribute $250,000 As Their Contribution To The One-Third Municipal Share Of The $3 Million Cost Of An Environmental Assessment Of The Extension Of The Spadina Subway, And That The City Of Toronto And The Toronto Transit Commission Agree To Each Contribute $333,000 As Their Contribution To The One-Third Municipal Share Of The $2 Million Cost Of An Environmental Assessment Of The Extension Of The Sheppard Subway; And That
• The City Of Toronto, York Region, The City Of Vaughan, And The Toronto Transit Commission Jointly Submit A New Application To The Province Of Ontario's Golden Horseshoe Transit Investment Partnership Requesting Funding To Pay The Provincial One-Third Of The $5 Million Cost Of The Environmental Assessments Of The Spadina And Sheppard Subways; And That
• The City Of Toronto, York Region, The City Of Vaughan, The Toronto Transit Commission And York University Jointly Submit A New Application To The Government Of Canada's Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund Requesting Funding To Pay The Federal One-Third Of The $5 Million Cost Of The Environmental Assessments Of The Environmental Assessments Of The Spadina And Sheppard Subways.
Chair Moscoe Moved That Commissioner Li Preti's Motion Be Referred To Staff For Consideration And Report Back At The Next Meeting.
The Commission Approved The Motion By Chair Moscoe.
2. Subway Expansion Plan
It is recommended that the Commission:
1. Receive this report for information;
2. Endorse this report as supplementary information to the Ridership Growth Strategy Report; and
3. Forward this report to the Budget Advisory Committee.
3. Motions Tabled at April 9, 2003 Commission Meeting
Commissioner Miller Moved That Staff Be Requested To Review And Report Back On Other Models Such As A Transit Development Corporation That Would Both Ensure Appropriate Densities Where New Subways Are Proposed And Directly Capture The Wealth Created By The Building Of The Subway To Help Pay For Its Creation.
The Commission Approved The Motion By Commissioner Miller.
Commissioner Shiner Moved That The Province Be Requested To Return To The Traditional Funding Of 75% Of Capital Expenditures.
The commission approved the motion by commissioner shiner.
Commissioner Shiner Moved That The Toronto Transit Commission Request City Council To Implement A 1% Property Tax Increase In 2004, 2005 And 2006 Across The Entire Tax Base To Be Dedicated To The Subway Expansion Plan And Ridership Growth Strategy; And That This Be Conditional Upon The Federal And Provincial Governments Committing Their 1/3 Share Of This Capital Program In Addition To Their 1/3 Share Of The Current TTC State Of Good Repair Budget For 2003.
The Commission Approved The Motion By Commissioner Shiner.
The meeting adjourned at 11:50 a.m.