Board Meeting


Meeting Info

Date:Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Start Time:1:00 PM
Location:7th Floor Executive Boardroom, TTC Head Office, 1900 Yonge Street, Toronto
Meeting No:1888
  • Agenda
  • Meeting Minutes

Toronto Transit Commission Board Members

  • Chair Adam Giambrone
  • Vice-Chair Joe Mihevc
  • Commissioner Sandra Bussin
  • Commissioner Glenn De Baeremaeker
  • Commissioner Suzan Hall
  • Commissioner Peter Milczyn
  • Commissioner Anthony Perruzza
  • Commissioner Bill Saundercook
  • Commissioner Michael Thompson

Declaration Of Interest - Municipal Conflict Of Interest Act

Nil

Minutes Of The Previous Meetings

Business Arising Out Of Minutes

Nil

Committee Of The Whole Resolution

Committee of the Whole Agenda – September 19, 2007 (Attached)


Committee of the Whole Supplementary Agenda – September 19, 2007

Declaration Of Interest– Municipal Conflict Of Interest Act 

  1. Status of Negotiations with Ontario Realty Corporation – York University Busway Project (Verbal Update) 
  2. TCT – Redevelopment (For Information)  

Public Presentations

Requests to speak must be registered in writing  by 12:00 noon of day preceding meeting day.

Notices Of Motions

Nil

Motions Without Notice

Nil

Items of Which Notice has Previously Been Given

Nil

Presentations

Items Deferred From Last Meeting to Permit Debate/Public Presentation

    Presentations

  1. 2007 APTA Bus Safety Award
  2. Cleanliness Audit Update
  3. Budget Matters

  4. Chief General Manager’s Report - Periods 6 & 7 (June 3 to August 4, 2007) (For Action)
  5. Procurement Authorizations
  6. Procurement Authorization Amendments
  7. Notice of Awards
  8. Other Business

  9. “Support Our Troops” Pins (For Action)
  10. Fire Ventilation Upgrade Project – Status (For Action)
  11. York University Busway Status Report (For Action)
  12. Station Modernization Program – Funding Status (For Action)
  13. Easier Access Program Acceleration (For Action)
  14. Russell Hill Subway Train Accident of August 11, 1995 Due Diligence Checklist Update (For Action)
  15. Geospatial Technology Review - Project Status Update (For Action)
  16. Disposal of Thirty-Six (36) H-4 Subway Cars (For Action)
  17. TTC Corporate Policy Review – Policy 3.4.0 Office Space and Furniture Standards (For Action)
  18. TTC Corporate Policy Review – Policy 3.3.1 Computer Aided Design and Drafting (For Action)
  19. Corporate Policy Review - Policy 6.5.1 Naming of Buildings (For Action)
  20. TTC Corporate Policy Review - Policy 6.2.1 Third Party Directional Signage on Surface Poles and Stops Owned by the TTC (For Action)
  21. TTC Corporate Policy Review - Policy 6.3.2 Direction Signage for Destinations Adjacent to Subway and Rapid Transit Stations (For Action)
  22. TTC Corporate Policy Review - Policy 6.11.2 Proposed Concession Fares (For Action)
  23. TTC Corporate Policy Review – Policy 2.10.0 – Half-Masting of Flags (For Action)
  24. Outstanding Commission Items (For Information)
  25. Staff Response to Commission Inquiry
    • Staff Response to Commission Inquiry - Electronic Recycling Program (For Information)
    • Staff Response to Commission Inquiry: Construction of New Fence at the Eglinton West (East) Commuter Parking Lot (For Information)
  26. Correspondence
  27. New Business
    • Vice-Chair Joe Mihevc re: Bus Idling

A meeting of the Toronto Transit Commission was held in the 7th Floor, Executive Boardroom, TTC Head Office, 1900 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 commencing at 1:10 p.m.

Present - Committee of the Whole

A. Giambrone (Chair), J. Mihevc (Vice-Chair), S. Bussin, B. Saundercook, P. Milczyn and A. Perruzza (Commissioners), G. Webster (Chief General Manager), V. Rodo (General Manager – Executive & General Secretary), R. Cornacchia (General Manager – Operations), J. Sepulis (General Manager – Engineering & Construction), B. Leck (General Counsel), A. Chocorlan (Manager - Materials & Procurement), M. Roche (Chief Financial Officer), S. Blakey (Executive Director - Human Resources), A. Smith (Acting Chief Marketing Officer), M. Stambler (Manager – Service Planning), T. Andrews (Chief Special Constable), W. Buffett (Assistant General Secretary) and F. Stanois (Coordinator – Secretariat Services) were  present.

A. Giambrone was in the Chair.

H. Wax, Chair, TTC Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation was also present.

Declaration of Interest - Municipal Conflict of Interest Act

Nil

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

Chair Giambrone moved that the Commission approve the minutes from meeting nos. 1885 and 1886 and that the Chair and General Secretary be authorized to sign the same.

The motion by Chair Giambrone carried.

Chair Giambrone moved that the Commission approve the minutes from meeting no. 1887 and that the Chair and General Secretary be authorized to sign the same, subject to amending recommendation no. 8 shown on page 4 by replacing the number “$35” with “$40” so that the recommendation reads as follows:

“8. Note that the effect of all of the previous recommendations is to have reduced the TTC’s 2008 budget shortfall from the previous $104 million to $60 million, if the RGS initiatives are operated and Mount Dennis garage is opened, or to $40 million if they are not.”

The motion by Chair Giambrone carried.

Business Arising Out of the Minutes

Nil

Committee Of The Whole Resolution

a) Committee of the Whole Agenda – September 19, 2007

The Commission received the Committee Of The Whole Agenda from the meeting held on September 19, 2007.

b) Committee of the Whole Resolution – Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting, 2007

Vice-Chair Mihevc moved that the Commission meet as the Committee of the Whole at 9:00 a.m., or later, at the next scheduled meeting to deal with litigation or potential litigation matters, labour relations or employee negotiations and to receive advice which is subject to solicitor-client privilege.

The motion by Vice-Chair Mihevc carried.

Presentations

1. 2007 APTA Bus Safety Award

G. McNeil, Managing Director & CEO, GO Transit, in his capacity as APTA Vice-Chair – Canadian Members, presented the 2007 APTA Bus Safety Award to Chair Giambrone and R. Cornacchia, General Manager – Operations, in recognition of the TTC’s safety record and safety initiatives undertaken from 2004 to 2006.

2. Cleanliness Audit Update

G. Shortt, Acting General Superintendent, Plant Maintenance gave an overhead slide presentation with respect to this matter.

The Commission received the presentation for information.

Chair Giambrone moved the following motions:

 1. that staff be requested to report back at the December 2007 meeting on how they plan on achieving a quality index assessment measure of 75% or higher for all stations;

 2. that staff be requested to report back on how to clean the yellow platform edge markers in the subway more effectively.

The motions by Chair Giambrone carried.

Public Presentations

a)Report No. 3 – CGM’s Report – Periods 6 & 7

Bob Brent
(Submitted presentation)

The Commission received the presentation.

(see report no. 3 for minute)

b)Report No. 9 – York University Busway Status Report

David Fisher

The Commission received the presentation.

(see report no. 9 for minute)

c)Report No. 26 – Status of Low Floor Light Rail Vehicle Procurement Project

Sammy Peters

The Commission received the presentation.

(see report no. 26 for minute)

d)Report No. 10 – Station Modernization Program Funding Status

David Fisher

The Commission received the presentation.

(see report no. 10 for minute)

Budget Matters

Chief General Manager’s Report
Periods 6 and 7 – June 3 to August 4, 2007

It is recommended that the Commission forward a copy of this report to the City of Toronto Budget Committee, and each City of Toronto Councillor for information noting that the detailed CGM’s Report is available upon request from the Office of the General Secretary of the Commission.

Approved

Procurement Authorizations

a) Procurement Authorization - Replacement of MMS Accounts Payable Module

It is recommended that the Commission authorize:

• The award of a contract to IFS North America Inc. (IFS) in the upset limit of $3,000,000.00 (see Appendix ‘A’) for the supply of a new Accounts Payable system including:

  a) Additional software and maintenance costs;
  b) Software modification and customization costs; and
  c) Professional Services (technical assistance).

• The additional capital workforce of a Senior System Analyst (regular) position for 2008 & 2009 to be retained in 2010 and beyond in future Operating Budgets.

Approved

 b) Procurement Authorization – Provision of Mainframe Upgrade

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the issuance of a purchase order to GlassHouse Systems Inc. for the supply, installation and five years of maintenance for a new Mainframe in the total amount of $975,000.

Approved

c) Procurement Authorization – The Supply of Photocopier and Facsimile Equipment

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the issuance of a purchase order to 4 Office Automation Ltd. for the Supply of Photocopiers in the upset limit amount of $1,303,000 (incl. taxes) for a five year period, commencing October 1, 2007.
     
Approved

d) Procurement Authorization – Supply of Sprague Parts

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award of three-year inventory supply contracts for the supply of Sprague parts to the following companies for the period from September 2007 to September 2010:

  - DaimlerChrysler Commercial Buses North America Limited for $570,000 including applicable taxes.

  - MCI Service Parts Incorporated for $86,000 including applicable taxes.

  - Prevost Car Incorporated for $41,000 including applicable taxes.

  - Cadel A Division of UAP Incorporated for $6,000 including applicable taxes.

  - Mohawk MFG and Supply Company for $2,000 including applicable taxes.

Approved

e) Procurement Authorization – Supply of D40 Low Floor Flyer Kits

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the issuance of a purchase order to New Flyer Industries Canada ULC in the amount of $1,239,892.58 including applicable taxes for D40 low floor Flyer kits for the Midlife Rebuild Program.

Approved
f) Procurement Authorization – Supply of Bus Tires for the TTC Bus Fleet

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the issuance of a purchase order for the supply of bus tires to Bridgestone/Firestone Canada Inc. in the upset limit of $37,000,000 for a seven year period from October 1, 2007 to September 30, 2014.

Approved

g) Wilson Yard – Fleet Accommodation Authorization of Funds

It is recommended that the Commission:

1. Authorize staff to incur costs for the completion of construction, electrification and signalization of three (3) storage tracks at Wilson Yard in the maximum amount of $1,100,000 in 2007, noting that this amount includes staffing resources required to complete the work;

2. Forward this report to City of Toronto Council to request additional project approval of $1,100,000 bringing the current project approval level to $4,419,000; and

3. Approve holding the funds in TTC accounts pending approval by City of Toronto Council so the work may commence immediately.

Approved

h) Bicycle Kiosks – Victoria Park and Warden Stations

Prior to considering the report, J. Sepulis, General Manager Engineering & Construction noted an error on Page 3 of the report.  He advised that Area 3 embodied in Table 1 should be amended by deleting the words “showers and changing rooms” and replacing in lieu thereof the words “staff washrooms”.

The Commission noted the error.

Commissioner Saundercook moved that the Commission receive the report, and that staff be directed to continue to work with the City Cycling Committee for the placement of Cycling facilities at or near TTC stops.

The motion by Commissioner Saundercook carried.

Chair Giambrone moved that staff be directed to approach the City Transportation Department to discuss funding of this initiative from the city cycling budget.

The motion by Chair Giambrone carried.

i) Summary of Authorized Expenditures between $100,000 to $200,000 for the Period June 1, 2007 to June 30, 2007

It is recommended that the Commission receive this report for information.  It lists expenditures ($100,000 up to $200,000) for the period June 1, 2007 to June 30, 2007, which were approved by the Chief General Manager.

Received

j) Summary of Authorized Expenditures between $200,000 to $500,000 for the Period July 1, 2007 to July 31, 2007

It is recommended that the Commission receive this report for information.  It lists expenditures ($200,000 up to $500,000) for the period July 1, 2007 to July 31, 2007, which were approved by the Chief General Manager.

Received

Procurement Authorization Amendments

a)Procurement Authorization Amendment – CN Rail Siding Relocation and Signalized Level Crossing for York University Busway

It is recommended that the Commission authorize a Purchase Order Amendment for an increase of $370,000 to CN Rail for construction of the Esso siding relocation and signalized level crossing at the intersection with the planned York University Busway in the Finch Hydro corridor between Alness Street and Keele Street, raising the total authorization of C11PM06858 from $30,000 to $400,000.

Approved

b)Procurement Authorization Amendments for Fire Ventilation Upgrade Project – Consultant Services Contracts D85-9A, D85-9B, D85-9C

It is recommended that the Commission authorize an increase in the above three contracts for design and support during construction for the Fire Ventilation Upgrade Project as follows:

1.Contract D85-9A with Arup Canada Inc. (Arup)
Increase amount by $1,930,000 for work on Eglinton Station, bringing the total upset limit amount to $4,435,000.

2.Contract D85-9B with Earth Tech Canada Inc. (Earth Tech)
Increase amount by $1,640,000 for work on Lawrence Station, bringing the total upset limit amount to $4,165,000.

3.Contract D85-9C with Hatch Mott MacDonald Ltd. (HMM)
Increase the amount by $1,650,000 for work on North York Centre Station, bringing the total upset limit amount to $4,176,245.

Approved

c)Purchase Order Amendment Authorization for the Supply of Metals

It is recommended that the Commission approve the issuance of a purchase order amendment to Mississauga Steel Mart to increase the total upset limit by $2,250,000 from $920,000 to $3,170,000 and to extend the contract for a two year period from October 31, 2007 to October 31, 2009.

Approved

d)Purchase Order Amendment – Human Resources Legal Services

It is recommended that the Commission authorize an amendment in the amount of $700,000 to the increased upset limit contract to Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP (“Hicks”) and to extend the current contract to December 31, 2008, for completion of human resources legal services, bringing the total upset limit amount to $2,850,000.

Approved

Notice of Awards

a) Notice of Award of Procurement Authorization Wilson Garage Bus Parking and Roadway On-Grade Paving Rehabilitation Contract C1-26

It is recommended that the Commission receive the notice of award of Chair Giambrone, Commissioner De Baeremaeker and the Chief General Manager approving the award of a contract to Dig-Con International Limited (Dig-Con) in the amount of $1,053,756 for the Wilson Garage Bus Parking and Roadway – On-Grade Paving Rehabilitation.
Received

b) Notice of Award of Procurement Authorization Amendment Environmental Assessment Study Waterfront  West Streetcars Contract G85-218 Contract Amendment No. 4

It is recommended that the Commission receive the notice of award of Chair Giambrone, Commissioner De Baeremaeker and the Chief General Manager approving authorization of Contract Amendment No. 4 to LEA Consulting Ltd. for consultant services – Feasibility and Environmental Assessment of Waterfront West LRT – Park Lawn Road to Long Branch loop in the upset limit amount of $350,000 for a total authorization of $1,696,000.

Received
 
c) Notice of Award of Procurement Authorization Queensway Bus Garage Renovations Contract F7-18

It is recommended that the Commission receive the notice of award of Chair Giambrone, Commissioner De Baeremaeker and the Chief General Manager approving the award of a contract to Grenwitch General Contracting Inc. (Grenwitch) in the amount of $2,185,190.00 for Contract F7-18, Queensway Bus Garage Renovations.

Received

d) Notice of Award of Procurement Authorization Duncan Shop – Articulated Parallelogram Hoist Installation and Miscellaneous Work Contract M1-75

It is recommended that the Commission receive the notice of award of Chair Giambrone, Commissioner De Baeremaeker and the Chief General Manager approving the award of a contract to Grenwitch General Contracting Inc. in the amount of $998,800.00 for Contract M1-75, Duncan Shop – Articulated Parallelogram Hoist Installation and Miscellaneous Work.

Received

e) Notice of Award – Legal Services for Labour and Employment Related Matters

It is recommended that the Commission receive the notice of award of Chair Giambrone, Vice-Chair Mihevc and the Chief General Manager authorizing the award for:

 1. Legal services for labour and employment related matters to Filion Wakely Thoroup Angeletti (LLP) (“Filion”) in the upset limit amount of $1,000,000 for a four year term commencing on September 1, 2007 and ending on August 31, 2011; and

 2. Issue a new Request for Proposals to identify another legal firm or firms for an award of another contract for these services in the upset limit amount of $500,000.

Received

f) Notice of Award of Procurement Authorization Pre-Placement Medical Program

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the notice of award of the Chair, Vice-Chair and the Chief General Manager:

The award of a contract to Medisys Health Group Inc. for the provision of pre-placement medical assessments for a 5-year period from September 1, 2007 to August 31, 2012 in the upset limit amount of $2,500,000.

Received

g) Notice of Award Purchase Order Amendment #2 to Contract C31PV06869 – BDU Trainstop Replacement: Order of Layouts and Standby Parts for South Yonge Resignalling

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the notice of award of the Chair, Vice-Chair and the Chief General Manager:

1. The award of Amendment #2 to Contract C31PV06869 with Alstom Signaling Inc. (Alstom) in the amount of $1,266,553.00 USD, with a Canadian equivalent of $1,342,292.87, for the provision of 140 trainstop layouts (including standby parts) for the South Yonge phase of the Resignalling of YUD Project on the basis of single source;

2. Funds in the estimated amount of $187,921.00 CDN that will be paid directly to the Federal and Provincial Governments for GST and PST, and

3. Funds in the estimated amount of $4,000.00 CDN that will be paid for freight and brokerage, bringing the total authorization for this amendment to $1,534,213.87 CDN (note: using exchange rate of $1 USD = $1.0598 CDN).

Received

Other Business

7. “Support Our Troops” Pin

Chair Giambrone moved that the Commission proceed with the “support the troops” pin campaign, and that the report be corrected to reflect that the amalgamated transit union, local 113 has agreed to assume the full cost of the pins rather than half the cost as detailed.

The motion by Chair Giambrone carried.

Chair Giambrone moved that staff be requested to report back on the options available for staff to also wear “peace” pins.

The motion by Chair Giambrone carried.

8. Fire Ventilation Upgrade Project – Status

Chair Giambrone moved that the Commission receive the report.

The motion by Chair Giambrone carried.

9. York University Busway Status Report

Commissioner Bussin moved that recommendation no. 1b) be amended by adding the words “subject to further review through the budget process”.

Chair Giambrone called for a vote on Commissioner Bussin’s motion.

The motion by Commissioner Bussin lost.

Vice-Chair Mihevc moved adoption of the recommendation contained in the report, as listed below:

“It is recommended that the Commission:

1. Consider and provide direction on the status of the York University Busway Project, further to the motions approved by city council at its meeting of July 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2007, noting that:

  A) the project is currently on hold pending City Council approval of the hydro One Networks inc. (Hydro One) and Ontario Realty Corporation (ORC) easement agreement for the Finch hydro corridor section of the busway; and

  B) staff have increased the project budget request by $625,000 for additional landscaping improvements adjacent to the busway in the Finch hydro corridor.

 2. Forward this report to City Council for its consideration.”

 The motion by Vice-Chair Mihevc carried.

10. Station Modernization Program Funding Status

 Chair Giambrone moved that the Commission support the initiatives listed in the report and that they be moved above the line within the 2008-2012 Capital Budget.

 The motion by Chair Giambrone carried.

11. Easier Access Program Acceleration

 Chair Giambrone moved that the report be referred back to the Chief General Manager to work on a request of the Provincial and/or Federal Governments around the funding of accessibility issues.

 The motion by Chair Giambrone carried.

12. Russell Hill Subway Train Accident of August 11, 1995 Due Diligence Checklist Update

 It is recommended that the Commission:

 (i) Receive for information the updated Due Diligence Checklist relating to the Russell Hill Subway Train Accident of August 11, 1995, which provides a status report on the progress toward closing the Coroner’s Jury Recommendations and the TTC’s Internal Team Recommendations.

 (ii) Forward this report to the Chief Coroner of Ontario, the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario for information.

Approved

13. Geospatial Technology Review – Project Status Update

 Chair Giambrone moved that the Commission support the initiatives listed in the report and that they be moved above the line within the 2008-2012 Capital Budget.

 The motion by Chair Giambrone carried.

14. Disposal of Thirty-Six (36) H-4 Subway Cars

 It is recommended that the Commission approve the disposal of thirty-six (36) stored, unused, non-life extended H-4 subway cars as surplus.

Approved

15. TTC Corporate Policy Review – Policy 3.4.0 Office Space and Furniture Standards It is recommended that the Commission approve the following TTC Corporate Policy, as amended, which is attached hereto as Appendix ‘A’:

• Policy 3.4.1 Office Space and Furniture Standards

Approved

16. TTC Corporate Policy Review – Policy 3.3.1 Computer Aided Design and Drafting

 It is recommended that the Commission approve the following TTC Corporate Policy, as amended, which is attached hereto as Appendix ‘A’:

• Policy 3.3.1 Computer Aided Design and Drafting

17. TTC Corporate Policy Review – Policy 6.5.1 Naming of Buildings

 Chair Giambrone moved that the report be referred back to staff with a request that criteria be developed and incorporated into the policy which details circumstances when a building should be named after an individual.

 The motion by Chair Giambrone carried.

18. TTC Corporate Policy Review – Policy 6.2.1 Third Party Directional Signage on Surface Poles and Stops Owned by the TTC

 It is recommended that the Commission approve the following TTC Corporate Policy, as amended, which is attached hereto as Appendix ‘A’:

• Policy 6.2.1 Third Party Directional Signage on Surface Poles and Stops Owned by the TTC

Approved

19. TTC Corporate Policy Review – Policy 6.3.2 Directional Signage for Destinations Adjacent to Subway and Rapid Transit Stations

 It is recommended that the Commission approve the following TTC Corporate Policy, as amended, which is attached hereto as Appendix ‘A’:

• Policy 6.3.2 Directional Signage for Destinations Adjacent to Subway and Rapid Transit Stations

Approved

20. TTC Corporate Policy Review – Policy 6.11.2 Proposed Concession Fares

 It is recommended that the Commission approve the following TTC Corporate Policy, as amended, which is attached hereto as Appendix ‘A’:

• Policy 6.11.2 Proposed Concession Fares

Approved

21. TTC Corporate Policy Review – Policy 2.10.1 Half-Masting of Flags

 It is recommended that the Commission approve the following TTC Corporate Policy 2.10.1, Half-masting of Flags, which is attached hereto as Appendix A.

APPROVED

22. Outstanding Commission Items

 It is recommended that the Commission receive for information the attached list of outstanding Commission items for the period up to and including the meeting of July 11, 2007.

Received

23. Staff Response To Commission Inquiry

 a) Electronic Recycling Program

 The Commission had before it a memorandum dated September 19, 2007 from G. Webster, Chief General Manager entitled, “Staff Response to Commission Inquiry – Electronic Recycling Program.”

 The Commission received the memorandum for information.

 b) Construction of a New Fence at the 
  Eglinton West (East) Commuter Parking Lot
  
 Vice-Chair Mihevc moved that this report be deferred until the next meeting in order that he could meet with staff to discuss this matter further.

 The motion by Vice-Chair Mihevc carried.

Correspondence

C-1 The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, dated July 12, 2007 regarding the TTC’s proposed light rail transit plan.

The Commission received the communication.

C-2 David Pischke, dated July 17, 2007, forwarding comments regarding TTC signage.

The Commission received the communication.

C-3 M. Toft for Toronto City Clerk, dated July 24, 2007, forwarding City Council decision regarding Executive Committee Item 10.36 entitled, “Lawrence Heights Revitalization – Initiate Preliminary Planning.”

The Commission received the communication.

C-4 Residents Quietbrook Crescent, undated, forwarding petition for the immediate removal of the newly established TTC bus route 53F on Quietbrook Crescent.
Vice-Chair Mihevc moved that the Commission receive the petition, noting that there will be a loop built at Staines and Steeles scheduled for 2009; and that this be communicated to the local residents by service planning staff.

The motion by Vice-Chair Mihevc carried.

C-5 Joyce Cohen and Lilian Wells, Co-Chairs, Accessibility Committee, Toronto Seniors Council requesting the opportunity to make a deputation at an upcoming Commission meeting.

The Commission approved the request from Ms. Cohen and wells and invited them to appear as deputants at a future meeting.

C-6 Bev Agar, dated September 4, 2007, forwarding comments regarding inaccessibility of TTC to people with non-evident disabilities.

The Commission referred the communication to staff for report.

C-7 Lindsay Viets Moore/Dwight Gayle, Toronto Community Housing, undated, requesting the opportunity to make a deputation at an upcoming meeting.

The Commission approved the request from Ms.Viets Moore and Mr.Gayle and invited them to appear as deputants at a future meeting with a request that they meet with The Chair, Vice-Chair and staff in advance of the meeting.

C-8 Yvonne Davies on behalf of the City Clerk, dated September 18, 2007, forwarding the decision of the Government Management Committee regarding a report entitled, “York University Busway Project Proposed Licence and Easement Agreements for a Portion of the Finch Avenue Hydro Corridor.”

The Commission received the communication.

(Also see report no. 9 for minute)

C-9 Paul Warren, dated September 18, 2007, expressing his objection to the politicization of public transit services as it relates to Report No. 7 on the Commission agenda.

The Commission received the communication.

New Business

a)Bus Idling

The Commission had before it a communication dated July 13, 2007 from Vice-Chair Mihevc entitled, “Bus Idling.”

The Commission referred the communication to staff for report.

Supplementary Agenda

26. Status of Low Floor Light Rail Vehicle Procurement Project

 It is recommended that the Commission:

 1. Approve a “Blackout” period from issuance of the Request for Proposal until authorization for award of Contract;

 2. Receive this report for information prior to the scheduled release of the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Procurement of 204 Low Floor Light Rail Vehicles in October, 2007.

Approved

27. Province of Ontario’s Draft Initial Proposed Transportation Accessibility Standard

 It is recommended that the Commission:

 1. Request the Minister of Community and Social Services defer finalising and approving the Initial Proposed Transportation Accessibility Standard until a common framework and set of definitions have been established for all of the accessibility standards currently under development, noting that:

• the draft transportation standard is being brought forward in advance of the development of a number of broader accessibility standards that will be common for all sectors of the community;

• this approach has created significant risks and uncertainties regarding the harmonisation of standards and, ultimately, the achievability of providing affordable accessible transit services that balance the needs of all transit riders;

• the recommended delay in finalising the transportation standard will not have any effect on the TTC’s plans to achieve full accessibility on the system in advance of the 2025 requirement established in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA);

• the TTC’s current plans, as outlined in the annual accessibility reports to the Commission, and posted on the TTC website over the past four years, are anticipated to achieve the AODA goal by making bus services accessible by 2010, subway stations accessible by 2020 and light-rail systems accessible by 2024;

2. Endorse the staff position that the standard should be substantially revised, as outlined in this report and the attached submission to the Minister of Community and Social Services on the draft Initial Proposed Transportation Accessibility Standard, noting that:

• the Province of Ontario is developing standards for implementing the AODA, both on a “common standards” basis to apply to all sectors in the province, and on a sector-specific basis for activities such as transportation. The TTC will be required to meet both the common standards related to such things as customer service and the built environment, and sector-specific standards for transportation;

• TTC staff have participated in the Provincial standards development process but, as reported to the Commission in July 2006, continue to have significant concerns about the way in which the draft transportation standard has been developed, the lack of information and assessment of service implications, and the costs associated with implementing the proposed standard;

• many aspects of the current draft transportation standard are very unclear with respect to requirements but, based on staff’s initial best estimate of the implications of the transportation standard alone, it is estimated that the added cost to the TTC of the proposed standard will be in the order of $60 million in one-time capital costs and an increase of $1.5 million to $2.5 million per year in ongoing operating costs;

• the Province is expected to impose additional requirements through the creation of common standards, but the costs and operational implications of these and therefore, the full impact of Provincial standards, may not be known until 2009;

• the Province has not committed to fund the accessibility improvements outlined in the TTC’s ongoing Accessibility Plan or the various accessibility improvements which will be imposed on the TTC and the City of Toronto by the accessibility standards currently being developed;

• TTC staff will continue to work with transit service providers, transit and municipal associations, and other organizations with an interest in public transportation during the standards development process; and

 3. Forward this report to the City of Toronto, the Ontario Ministries of Community and Social Services, Transportation, and Public Infrastructure Renewal, the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority.

Approved

 Chair Giambrone moved that the Chief General Manager be requested to work with the Vice-Chair and other interested commissioners on the wording of the letter to the province.

 The motion by Chair Giambrone carried.

28. Approval of a New Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Process for Municipal Transit Projects

 It is recommended that the Commission:

 1. Receive this report, noting that:

• On September 6, 2007, the Honourable Laurel Broten, Minister of the Environment, approved a new, more-streamlined “Class” environmental assessment (EA) process specific to municipal transit projects;

• This new Class EA will reduce the time required for conducting EA studies for projects such as the Transit City Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines by up to one year, compared to the previous, more-comprehensive, “Individual” EA process; and

• As detailed in this report, there are four EA studies that are currently being conducted by TTC staff, under the Individual EA process, and these studies will be converted to the Class process; and

2. Forward this report to the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority.

Approved            
            
The meeting adjourned at 3:20 p.m. 

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