Board Meeting


Meeting Info

Date:Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Start Time:1:00 PM
Location:Committee Room 2, 2nd Floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West
Meeting No:1902
  • 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

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Public Presentations

Presentations will be heard at 2:00 p.m. 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

Items Deferred From Last Meeting to Permit Debate/Public Presentation

  1. Reports with Confidential Attachments (Committee of the Whole)
  2. Presentations
  3. Budget Matters
  4. Procurement Authorizations
  5. Procurement Authorization Amendments
  6. Notice of Awards
  7. NIL

  8. Service Matters
  9. Other Business
  10. New Business
  11. NIL

  12. Correspondence
  13. NIL

    A correspondence summary will be distributed at the meeting.

Nil

Present

A. Giambrone (Chair), J. Mihevc (Vice-Chair), M. Thompson, B. Saundercook, S. Hall, P. Milczyn,  S. Bussin 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), S. MacDonald (Manager - Materials & Procurement), R. Richardson (Chief Accountant – Treasury Services), A. Smith (Chief Marketing Officer), M. Stambler (Manager – Service Planning), T. Andrews (Chief Special Constable), S. Blakey (Executive Director – Human Resources), B. Ross (Director – Corporate Communications), W. Buffett (Assistant General Secretary) and F. Stanois (Coordinator – Secretariat Services) were  present.

A. Giambrone was in the Chair.

G. Shortt, General Superintendent, Plant Maintenance was present for Item No. 2b).

S. Ghaly, Program Manager, Transit City was present for Item No. 20.

Declaration of Interest - Municipal Conflict of Interest Act

Nil

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

Vice-Chair Mihevc moved that the Commission approve the minutes from meeting no. 1901 and that the Chair and General Secretary be authorized to sign the same.

The motion by Vice-Chair Mihevc carried.

Business Arising Out of the Minutes

Nil

Committee of the Whole Resolution

a) Committee of the Whole – Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Vice-Chair Mihevc moved that the Commission approve a resolution to meet as the Committee of the Whole at 9:00 a.m. or later on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 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

Reconvened

Nil

Public Presentations

a) Report No. 20 – Transit City Light Rail Plan Status Update October 2008

Darwin O’Connor

The Commission received the deputation.

(see report no. 20 for minute)

Notice of Motions

Nil

Motions Without Notice

Nil

Items of Which Notice has Previously Been Given

Nil

Items Deferred From Last Meeting to Permit Debate/Public Presentation

Nil

  1. Reports with Confidential Attachments (Committee of the Whole)
  2. a)Termination for Convenience – Key Station
    Accessibility – Lawrence West Station Contract A45-8

    The Commission:

    1. Approved the recommendation in the confidential attachment; and
    2. Approved that the confidential information in the confidential attachment remain confidential in its entirety as it contains advice which is subject to solicitor-client-privilege.

    b)Large Litigation Matters

    The Commission:

    1. received the confidential information as set out in confidential attachment 1;
    2. approved that the confidential information as set out in confidential attachment 1 remain confidential in its entirety as it contains advice which is subject to solicitor-client privilege; and
    3. received this report for information purposes.
  3. Presentations
  4. a)Award of Merit – Operators David Woolridge, Steve Piniotes and Nino Rossi

    On May 2, 2008 at 12:40 a.m., Wheel-Trans Operator David Woolridge was operating his vehicle southbound on the Don Valley Parkway when he came upon a serious auto accident. Operator Woolridge immediately notified dispatch and requested assistance. Wheel-Trans Operators Steve Piniotes and Nino Rossi were also travelling southbound on the DVP when they heard the dispatch. The three Operators secured, then alighted their vehicles and worked together to assist the occupants from the vehicles to the side of the road to wait for emergency assistance. Emergency response personnel attended and transported the injured parties to the hospital.

    On behalf of the Commission, Chair Giambrone presented an Award of Merit to Wheel-Trans Operators David Woolridge, Steve Piniotes and Nino Rossi in recognition of their actions on May 2, 2008.

    b)Subway Station Appearance Improvement Update

    G. Shortt, General Superintendent, Plant Maintenance gave a PowerPoint presentation with respect to the above matter.

    The Commission received the report and presentation for information.

  5. Budget Matters
  6. a)Chief General Manager’s Report Periods 7 & 8 – July 6 to August 30, 2008

    It is recommended that the Commission forward a copy of this report to 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

  7. Procurement Authorizations
  8. a)Procurement Authorization – Contract G85-254
    Technical Services – Triennial Contract Proposal No. P11PI08795

    It is recommended that the Commission authorize the issuance of Contracts to the following companies and in the upset limit amounts listed below for Technical Consultant Services, for a three year period from October 24, 2008 to October 23, 2011:

      1. $700,000 to The Employment Solution (T.E.S.);
      2. $700,000 to ATS Reliance Technical Group;

    for a total upset limit amount of $1,400,000.00.

    Approved

    b)Procurement Authorization Davisville
    Carhouse - Track #4 Drainage Upgrade Contract S5-41

    It is recommended that the Commission authorize the acceptance of the tender submitted by G.C. Romano Sons (Toronto) Limited in the amount of $670,000.00 for Contract S5-41, Davisville Carhouse – Track #4 Drainage Upgrade.

    Approved

    c)Procurement Authorization – Supply of Rock Salt for a Three Year Period

    It is recommended that the Commission approve the issuance of a purchase order to the Canadian Salt Company Limited, for the supply of rock salt for the period of October 15, 2008 to April 30, 2011 in the total upset limit of $1,100,000.

    Approved

    d)Procurement Authorization – Supply of Various Electronic Parts

    It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award of three-year inventory supply contracts for the supply of various electronic parts to the following companies for the period from November 2008 to November 2011:

      1. CEA Telecom Incorporated for $680,000 including applicable taxes.
      2. Newark for $558,000 including applicable taxes.
      3. Electro Sonic Incorporated for $395,000 including applicable taxes.
      4. Wesco Distribution Canada LP for $192,000 including applicable taxes.
      5. Richardson Electronics Canada Limited for $45,000 including applicable taxes.
      6. Anixter Canada Incorporated for $13,000 including applicable taxes.

    Approved

    e)Procurement Authorization – Supply of
    Various Electrical Components and Supplies

    It is recommended that the Commission approve the issuance of a Purchase Order to Wesco Distribution Canada LP for the supply of various electrical components and supplies in the upset limit amount of $16,000,000 for the five year period of December 1, 2008 to November 30, 2013.

    Approved

    f)Summary of Authorized Expenditures Between $200,000
    to $500,000 for the Period August 1, 2008 to August 31, 2008

    It is recommended that the Commission receive this report for information. It lists expenditures ($200,000 up to $500,000) for the period August 1, 2008 to August 31, 2008 which were approved by the Chief General Manager.

    Received

  9. Procurement Authorization Amendments
  10. a)Procurement Authorization Amendment – Easier Access Phase III -
    Fare Gates Bulk Purchase – Contract G45-43 – Contract Change G45-43-5

    It is recommended that the Commission authorize Contract Change G45-43-5 to WCH Access Systems (WCH) in the amount of $580,640.00 to exercise the Specified Option for the supply of all labour, equipment and materials required to complete the design, fabrication, testing and delivery of twenty Easier Access Fare Gates.

    Approved

    b)Procurement Authorization Amendment – Banking Services

    It is recommended that the Commission approve the extension of the contract with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) for the provision of banking services for an additional fifteen months to June 30, 2010 and increase the upset limit by $740,000, for a revised upset limit of $3,840,000.

    Approved

    c)Procurement Authorization Amendment – Option
    to Purchase 120 Forty-Foot Low Floor Clean Diesel City Buses

    Commissioner Hall moved adoption of the recommendation contained in the report, as listed below:

    “it is recommended that the Commission note that further to the approval received on August 27, 2008 (report 5(d)), to award the contract options for 120 hybrid buses, based on the issues outlined in this report, staff now recommend that the Commission:

      1. authorize staff to exercise the contract option with Daimler buses North America ltd. (Daimler) in an amount of $40,088,969.94 including all taxes, for the purchase of 80 forty-foot low floor clean diesel Orion VII NG buses for delivery in 2010 with the option to be exercised no later than October 31, 2008, and
      2. authorize staff to exercise the contract option with Daimler buses North America ltd. (Daimler) in an amount of $20,044,484.97 including all taxes for the purchase of a supplementary order of an additional 40 forty-foot low floor clean diesel Orion VII NG buses also for delivery in 2010 with the option to be exercised no later than October 31, 2008, subject to the approval by council of the City of Toronto, and
      3. forward a copy of this report to the City of Toronto for consideration by council in conjunction with the august 27, 2008 report request.”

    The motion by Commissioner Hall carried unanimously.

    Commissioner Hall moved that staff be given authority to delay the award to Daimler for the optional 120 clean diesel buses until satisfactory resolution of the battery problems on the TTC’s existing hybrid fleet is achieved, and that staff alternatively be authorized to award the 120 clean diesel buses to an alternate supplier.

    The motion by Commissioner Hall carried unanimously.

    Commissioner Saundercook moved that staff continue its efforts to amend the existing contract with Daimler for 130 hybrid buses for delivery in 2009 to change the order to clean diesel buses including examining the impact on federal and provincial funding for those buses; and further, that staff explore the impact of delaying or terminating the existing 130 hybrid bus contract with Daimler.

    The motion by Commissioner Saundercook carried unanimously.

    d)Procurement Authorization – Purchase Order
    Amendment for the Supply of Janitorial Products

    It is recommended that the Commission approve the issuance of a Purchase Order Amendment to Corporate Express Canada to increase the total upset limit amount by $960,000 to a revised total of $4,745,000 for the supply of general janitorial products.

    Approved

  11. Notice of Awards
    1. NIL
  12. Service Matters
  13. a)Lake Shore Boulevard West Express Bus Service

    Commissioner Milczyn moved the following motions:

      1. that the Commission not adopt the recommendations contained in the report;
      2. that the Commission direct staff to implement the premium express bus service on lake shore boulevard west when feasible in 2009;
      3. that the Commission direct staff to implement an aggressive promotion strategy to the local community about the introduction of the service; and
      4. that the Commission direct staff to consult with the local area city councillor on the promotion strategy.

    ommissioner Hall moved that consideration of the staff report and Commissioner Milczyn’s motions be deferred until the next meeting.

    The motion by Commissioner Hall carried.

  14. Other Business
  15. a)Appointment of Director – Sick Benefit Association

    It is recommended that the Commission appoint Mario Guerra, Head – Rail Shop, Rail Cars & Shops Department as a Director of the TTC Sick Benefit Association.

    APPROVED

    b)Kipling Station Redevelopment Project

    It is recommended that the Commission:

      1. Receive this report for information; and
      2. Forward this report to Metrolinx for information, noting the TTC is proceeding with its elements of this project.

    APPROVED

    c)Russell Hill Subway Train Accident of
    August 11, 1995 Due Diligence Checklist Update #19

    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

    d)Outstanding Commission Items

    Chair Giambrone moved that the report be referred back to the Chief Gneral Manager, and that an updated report be resubmitted to the next meeting.

    The motion by Chair Giambrone carried.

  16. New Business
    1. NIL
  17. Correspondence
  18. C-1 Chair Adam Giambrone, dated October 3, 2008 entitled, “Tracking Surface Vehicle On-Time Performance.”

    Chair Giambrone moved that his communication be referred to staff for report.

    The motion by Chair Giambrone carried.

    -2 Councillor Mark Grimes, dated October 20, 2008 requesting that the Commission approve the Lake Shore Boulevard West Express bus service as a pilot project for 2009.

    The Commission received the communication for information.

    (see report no. 7a) for minute)

    C-3 Joe Clark, dated October 21, 2008 entitled, “Unheated Streetcars.”

    The Commission received the communication for information.

    C-4 Dr. Philip Webb, Cities Centre, University of Toronto, dated October 22, 2008 entitled, “Trackless Trolleys.”

    Chair Giambrone moved that the communication be referred to staff for consideration as part of the report previously requested by the Commission on this matter.

    The motion by Chair Giambrone carried.

    C-5 Virginia MacLean, Barrister & Solicitor, dated October 22, 2008 requesting the opportunity to appear before the Commission at its meeting on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 regarding the matter entitled, “Procurement Authorization – Accessible Taxi Service Award Proposal No. P34W06921.”

    Vice-Chair Mihevc moved that the Commission receive the communication.

    The motion by Vice-Chair Mihevc lost.

    Commissioner Saundercook moved that the Commission hear the deputation from Ms. Maclean at its meeting on Wednesday, November 26, 2008.

    The motion by Commissioner Saundercook carried.

Supplementary Agenda

  1. Procurement Authorization Program of Requirements and Conceptual Design
  2. Low Floor Light Rail Vehicle Maintenance and Storage Facilities Contract TC85-6

    It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award of the following contract, in the total upset limit amount of $3,100,000, for the Program of Requirements and Conceptual Design for the Maintenance and Storage Facilities required for the Transit City lines and the LRT Fleet Replacement project to Totten Sims Hubicki Associates (1997) Limited/AECOM Canada Ltd. (TSH/AECOM).

    APPROVED

    Vice-Chair Mihevc moved that commitments for 2009 and beyond be subject to City Council approval of this work in the 2009-2013 capital program in December.

     The motion by Vice-Chair Mihevc carried.

  3. Procurement Authorization Subway Station Design Services
  4. Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Project Contract A85-75

    It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award of contracts to the following firms, in the upset limit amounts listed below, for Subway Station Design Services, Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Project, Contract A85-75, for a total upset limit amount of $70,000,000:

    1. The Spadina Group Associates (Team A) $15,000,000 Steeles West
    2. The Spadina Group Associates (Team B) $12,000,000 Finch West
    3. Arup Canada Inc. (Team A)   $12,000,000 Vaughan Corporate Centre
    4. Earth Tech Canada Inc. (Team A)  $12,000,000 Highway 407
    5. Arup Canada Inc. (Team B)   $11,000,000 York University
    6. Earth Tech Canada Inc. (Team B)  $  8,000,000 Sheppard West

    APPROVED

  5. Procurement Authorization Principal Geo-Engineering
  6. Consultant for Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Contract A85-77

    It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award of a contract to Golder Associates Ltd. for the Principal Geo-Engineering Consultant for Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension, in the upset limit amount of $8,000,000.00.

    APPROVED

  7. Procurement Authorization Geotechnical Engineering
  8. Consultant for Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Contract A85-78

    It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award of a contract to Inspec-Sol Inc. for the Geotechnical Engineering Consultant for Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension, in the upset limit amount of $3,500,000.00.

    APPROVED

  9. Procurement of Low-Floor Paratransit Buses

    It is recommended that the Commission authorize:

    1. (a) The acceptance of the proposal submitted by American Bus Products Inc. for the supply of 110 Low-Floor Paratransit Buses and all associated work in the amount of $33,064,804.30 including applicable taxes;
      (b) A contingency allowance amount of $2,000,000.00 including all applicable taxes for the estimated cost to foreign exchange adjustments which will be paid out if required, only as incurred.
    2. A budget amendment as outlined in Table 1 below based upon an advanced delivery schedule of buses affecting 2009 and 2010, noting that corresponding cash flows have been updated to reflect increased procurements in each of these years to $15.07 million in 2009; $24.3 million in 2010, with the total EFC in 2009-2013 Capital Program, Project 4.11, Project W.O. #6556 remaining at $76.2 million (see attached);
    3.  Forward this report to the City of Toronto requesting inclusion of the budget amendment as noted above and outlined in the table below, noting that the increased requirements in 2009 and 2010 will be addressed through other under expenditures in the 2009 Capital Program; and
    4. Forward this report to the Ontario Minister of Transportation for information, noting TTC has previously received confirmation that this procurement is exempt from the Canadian Content Policy.

    APPROVED

  10. Approval of Unbudgeted Expenditure - Queensway
  11. Surface Track Improvement at South Kingsway Overpass

    It is recommended that the Commission approve the unbudgeted expenditure of $200,000, for the work to proceed with the elevation and tamping requirements, of the Queensway track, to facilitate the relocation of pedestrian walkways and platforms to the east of South Kingsway Overpass, in line with a City of Toronto project.

    APPROVED

  12. Purchase Authorization Amendment No. 2 – Transit City
  13. Light Rail Transit Consulting Services – Finch West LRT Contract TC85-1A

    It is recommended that the Commission authorize the issuance of an amendment to Delcan Corporation for Contract TC85-1A, Transit City Light Rail Consulting Services – Finch West LRT, in the amount of $2,300,000, for preliminary engineering services, bringing the total authorization of Contract TC85-1A to $2,755,000.

    APPROVED

    Vice-Chair Mihevc moved that commitments for 2009 and beyond be subject to City Council approval of this work in the 2009-2013 capital program in December.

    The motion by Vice-Chair Mihevc carried.

  14. Yonge Subway Northerly Extension – Project Status and Future
  15. TTC Involvement in Transit Project Assessment/Functional Planning

    It is recommended that the Commission:

    1. Authorize the Chief General Manager (or delegate) to publish a Notice of Study Commencement for the Yonge Subway Project under the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP), on behalf of the TTC and City, following Commission and City Council consideration of staff reports on this issue;
    2. Confirm the TTC being a co-proponent of the Yonge Subway northerly extension project along with the City of Toronto and York Region;
    3. Recommend that City Council confirm the City of Toronto as a co-proponent of the Yonge Subway northerly extension project and forward this recommendation directly to the October 29, 30, 2008 City Council meeting for consideration;
    4.  Confirm TTC staff, along with City of Toronto staff, participating in the necessary public consultation process for the project and that staff report back on public concerns about the project as required;
    5. Approve sufficient funds in the amount of $0.3 Million to allow the related work to proceed without interruption through April 2009, at which time it is expected that Provincial funding will be made available, subject to receiving budget and project commitment approval from City of Toronto Council through the 2009-2013 Capital Program budget process in December 2008;
    6. Request staff to report back, following finalization of the Metrolinx Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), on a comprehensive study on capacity improvements that are necessary to Yonge-Bloor Station (and other stations on the Yonge line south of Bloor) to respond to the passenger volumes projected in the RTP;
    7. Confirm TTC staff proceeding with a Subway Rail Yard Needs Study ($165,000) to identify the preferred options for the storage and maintenance of the future subway car fleet that will be necessary to support the Yonge Subway extension, ATO/ATC, and other possible initiatives that would impact the subway car fleet to 2030 noting that York Region is front ending the cost of this study;
    8. Forward this report to the City of Toronto Council for funding approval in the amount of $0.3 Million through the City’s 2009 Capital budget process; and
    9. Forward this report to Metrolinx and the Province for information and consideration in the Provincial 2009 budget preparation.

    APPROVED

  16. Entrance Connection Agreement – 4789 Yonge Street – Sheppard Station

     It is recommended that the Commission:

    1. Approve, in principle, two entrance connections between the proposed development at 4789 Yonge Street (“Hullmark”) on the south east corner of Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue, and Sheppard Station, including the design concepts attached as Appendix B to this report, subject to the satisfaction of requirements arising out of the technical review of the entrance connection design, the design requirements set out in the Commission’s entrance connection policy, any requirements arising out of the design review undertaken by the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation (“ACAT”), and any requirements arising out of the relocation of the sculpture currently located at the TTC emergency exit from Sheppard Station; and
    2. Authorize staff to negotiate an Entrance Connection Agreement(s) and any other agreements with the Hullmark developers for the provision of two entrance connections between the Hullmark development and Sheppard Station based on the designs approved, in principle, by the Commission and in accordance with the Commission’s entrance connection policy.

    APPROVED

  17. Transit City Light Rail Plan: Status Update for October 2008
  18. S. Ghaly, Program Manager, Transit City gave an overhead slide presentation with respect to this matter, including a video that has been developed in relation to the Transit City Program.

    The Commission received the presentation and video for information.

    Chair Giambrone moved adoption of the recommendations contained in the report, as listed below:

    “it is recommended that the Commission:

    1. note that, consistent with the direction of the Commission and the Mayor, significant progress is being made on accelerated environmental assessments for all seven Transit City light rail lines, the Scarborough RT, and associated maintenance facilities, as described in this report.
    2.  note that, as with all major capital projects, Transit City needs committed and predictable funding to allow continuous and uninterrupted progress, to avoid project delays which would affect planned construction start dates and associated costs;
    3. (a) approve a further $13.6 million to allow all Transit City projects to proceed without interruption until Metrolinx and the province confirm their provision of this funding on or around April 2009, subject to Toronto City Council approving this budget and project commitment as part of the TTC’s 2009-2013 capital program;
      (b) request Toronto City Council to approve this additional approval in the amount of $18.8 million as part of the TTC’s 2009-2013 capital program budget request;
      (c) request Toronto City Council to request Metrolinx for reimbursement of this additional funding, which is required to allow continued progress on Toronto’s part of the MoveOntario 2020 plan;
    4. authorize the chief general manager to re-allocate funding among the Transit City projects and activities listed in appendix 1, if necessary, to reflect the differing pace of progress among the projects and the changing work demands which might arise as individual projects proceed or as decisions are made by Metrolinx or the province;
    5. forward this report to the City of Toronto, Metrolinx, and the Ontario Ministries of Transportation and Energy and Infrastructure.”

    The motion by Chair Giambrone carried.

    Chair Giambrone moved that in order to stay on schedule with the Transit City program, the Commission request the city to meet with TTC staff to determine resource requirements beyond the Sheppard LRT, for Etobicoke-Finch, Eglinton Crosstown and the Yards/Maintenance facilities and take all necessary action to ensure Transit City can be delivered on schedule.

    The motion by Chair Giambrone carried.

    Commissioner Saundercook moved that staff report back on the costs of amending the environmental assessment for the Jane LRT to address the feasibility of extending this line south from Bloor Street to connect with the Waterfront West LRT on the Queensway, including the means by which the line would cross Bloor Street with a minimum of disruption to commercial activities in the area.

    The motion by Commissioner Saundercook carried.

    Commissioner Perruzza moved that in support of providing the most reliable and best quality service possible on the Etobicoke-Finch West LRT, request staff to report back on the desirability of limiting any new roadway access on Finch Avenue West between Sentinel Road and Tobermory Drive to right-in and right-out turn movements only.

    The motion by Commissioner Perruzza carried.

  19. New Service on Westmore Drive
  20.  It is recommended that the Commission:

    1. Approve the introduction of new service on Westmore Drive on the 96 WILSON bus route on Saturday, Sunday, and holiday afternoons and early evenings, as described in this report, effective February 15, 2009; and
    2. Forward this report to Councillor Hall and the City of Toronto.

    APPROVED

  21. 501 Queen Streetcar Route: Status Update
  22. R. Cornacchia, General Manager – Operations gave an overhead slide presentation with respect to this matter.

    The Commission received the presentation for information.

    Commissioner Bussin moved that recommendation no. 1 be amended by adding “and further that staff be requested to report at the February 2009 meeting, and during this investigative portion of service improvements, the customer service surveys include destination points for the customers”, so such recommendation reads:

     “1. staff to continue to develop and implement new route management strategies and determine their impact and sustainability prior to experimenting with any split route scenarios; and further that staff be requested to report at the February 2009 meeting, and during this investigative portion of service improvements, the customer service surveys include destination points for customers.”

    The motion by Commissioner Bussin carried.

    The Commission approved the report, as amended.

    Commissioner Bussin moved that the detailed CGM report references pertaining to the 501 Qeen Streetcar route status updates be sent to her attention.

    The motion by Commissioner Bussin carried.

     The meeting adjourned at 3:25 p.m.

Transit City Update

TTC staff made a presentation to Commissioners on the Toronto Transit City – Light Rail Plan, and introduced the new five-minute Transit City video, which debuted at www.ttc.ca on Oct. 23. The progress update included a construction schedule:

  • Sheppard East LRT: construction planned: 2009; completion: 2012.
  • Finch West LRT: construction planned: 2010; completion: 2013.
  • Eglinton LRT: construction planned: 2010; completion (first stage): 2016.
  • Don Mills LRT: construction planned: 2012; completion: 2016.
  • Scarborough Malvern LRT: construction planned: 2014; completion: 2018.
  • Waterfront West LRT: construction planned: 2014; completion: 2015.
  • Jane LRT: construction planned: 2013; completion: 2017.

TTC Orders 120 Clean-Diesel Buses

Commissioners approved the award of a contract worth $60 million for the purchase of 120 low-floor, clean-diesel buses for delivery in 2010. Commissioners decided to delay the expansion of the TTC’s hybrid bus fleet as a result of defective lead-acid batteries and chose to go with clean-diesel buses to ensure ridership growth demands are met in the short term. While the 130 hybrid buses scheduled for delivery in 2009 will be equipped with new lithium-ion batteries, the Commission directed that further negotiations be undertaken with respect to potentially altering this contract to diesel buses. The TTC can come back to hybrid vehicles when the next-generation drive technology becomes available.

New Buses for Wheel-Trans in 2009

Commissioners approved the award of a contract worth $33 million for the purchase of 110 low-floor paratransit buses for Wheel-Trans. The first 41 arrive in 2009 with the remaining 69 coming in 2010. The buses will be built by American Bus Products Inc.

Designers for Future Subway Stations Approved

Commissioners awarded three contracts worth $70 million for the design of the six stations on the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension. The firms that have been approved to design the stations include local and international architects with proven innovative approaches and world-class experience. The subway extension is being funded by the Government of Canada, Province of Ontario, Regional Municipality of York, and the City of Toronto.

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