Meeting No. 1883
Wednesday, June 13, 2007

A meeting of the Toronto Transit Commission was held in Committee Room 2, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 commencing at 1:10 p.m.

A. Giambrone (Chair), J. Mihevc (Vice-Chair), B. Saundercook, M. Thompson, S. Hall, P. Milczyn and A. Perruzza (Commissioners), G. Webster (Interim Chief General Manager), R. Cornacchia (Acting General Manager – Operations), J. Sepulis (General Manager – Engineering & Construction), K. McGuire (Associate 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), W. Buffett (Assistant General Secretary) and A. Patrone (Administrative Coordinator) were present.

A. Giambrone was in the Chair.

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

I. Hassan, Project Manager, S. Armstrong, Halcrow Yolles and M. Kuhn, Greenroofs for Health Cities were present for Item No. 1.

R. Hughes, Chief Project Manager and D. Bryant, Project Manager, TTC/GTA Farecard Project were present for Item No. 7.

W. Dawson, Superintendent, Route & System Planning and M. Anders, Marketing Research Director were present for Item No. 22.

Declaration OF Interest – Municipal Conflict of Interest Act – NIL

Minutes OF Previous Meeting

Commissioner Hall moved that the Commission approve the minutes from meeting no. 1882 and that the Chair and General Secretary be authorized to sign the same.

The motion by Commissioner Hall carried.

Business Arising Out of the Minutes – NIL

Committee of the Whole Resolution

a) Committee of the Whole Agenda – June 13, 2007

The Commission received the Committee of the Whole Agenda from the meeting held on june 13, 2007.

b) Committee of the Whole Resolutions – June 15 and July 11, 2007

Commissioner Saundercook moved that the Commission meet as the Committee of the Whole at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 15, 2007 to deal with the matter entitled, “Presentation – Annual Review of Safety and Environmental Management Systems” which is subject to solicitor-client privilege.

The motion by Commissioner Saundercook carried.

Commissioner Saundercook moved that the Commission meet as the Committee of the Whole at 9:00 a.m., or later, on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 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 Commissioner Saundercook carried.

Notice of Motions – NIL

Motions Without Notice – NIL

Motions of Which Notice Has Previously Been Given – NIL

Presentations

1. Green Roof Feasibility Report Roofing Rehabilitation Program

Prior to considering the report, S. Armstrong, Halcrow Yolles and M. Kuhn, Greenroofs for Health Cities gave a PowerPoint presentation with respect to this matter.

The Commission received the presentation for information.

Vice-Chair Mihevc moved the recommendations contained in the report, as listed below:

“It is recommended that the commission:

1. Endorse adoption of the City of Toronto report “making green roofs happen” to buildings owned by the Toronto Transit Commission.

2. Approve the staff recommendation to implement a green roof pilot project at the existing Victoria Park subway station, new Victoria Park canopy, and the existing Wilson Carhouse (cool roof).

3. Authorize staff to seek approval of additional funds of $3,200,000.00 ($2,700,000.00 for project 3.1 finishes, roofing rehabilitation program and $500,000.00 for project 3.9 buildings and structures projects, Victoria Park bus terminal replacement) in order to implement the green roof pilot project at the above locations as part of the 2008-2012 capital program, subject to city approval of the project and additional funding.

4. Forward this report to the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, the City Manager and the City Budget Committee for consideration and confirmation of increased debt target financing and funding through the green municipal funding program.”

The motion by Vice-Chair Mihevc carried.

Vice-Chair Mihevc moved that, noting the standard offer contract of OPG, staff be requested to review the feasibility and undertake a cost/benefit analysis of installing solar panels on TTC roofs, particularly focusing on roofs that are not structurally able to take a green roof.

The motion by Vice-Chair Mihevc carried.

Vice-Chair Mihevc moved that staff be requested to explore seeking funding from the FCM’s Green Municipal Fund.

The motion by Vice-Chair Mihevc carried.

Deputations

a) Report No. 2 – Signage and Wayfinding at the TTC

Joe Clark

The Commission received the deputation.

(See report no. 2 for minute)

b) Report No. 5i) – Station Modernization Program –
Design Services for Pape Station – Contract D85-10

Joe Clark

The Commission received the deputation.

(see item no. 5i) for minute)

Items deferred from last meeting to permit debate/public presentations

2. Signage and Wayfinding at the TTC

The Commission had before it a memorandum dated May 8, 2007 from G. Webster, Interim Chief General Manager entitled, “Signage and Wayfinding at the TTC.”

The Commission received the memorandum for information.

Chair Giambrone moved that staff be requested to report back by the end of the year on the status of the project to replace temporary hand-written signage at collectors booths.

The motion by Chair Giambrone carried.

Commissioner Saundercook moved that staff be requested to include in their report examples of signage and wayfinding from other cities.

The motion by Commissioner Saundercook carried.

Budget Matters

3. Chief General Manager’s Report
Periods 3 & 4 March 4 to May 5, 2007

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

4. 2008 Budget Schedule

It is recommended that the Commission:

1. Approve the proposed budget schedule outlined in this report including:

a) Approval-in-principle of the 2008-2012 Capital Program at the October 17, 2007 Commission meeting (in order to meet the City budget schedule requirements), and

b) Formal approval of the TTC Operating, Wheel-Trans Operating and TTC 2008-2012 Capital Program budgets at the November 14, 2007 Commission meeting; and

2. Forward this report to the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer and to the Budget Committee of the City for information.

Approved

5. Procurement Authorizations

a) Procurement Authorization – Supply of Hybrid Battery Conditioners

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award of the proposal submitted by DaimlerChrysler Commercial Buses North America Ltd. (DaimlerChrysler) in the amount of $447,658.62 including all applicable taxes, for the supply of Hybrid Battery Conditioners.

Approved

b) Procurement Authorization Fire
Ventilation Upgrade Finch Station Contract Y60-7

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the acceptance of the tender submitted by The State Group Inc. in the amount of $18,840,000.00 for Contract Y60-7, Fire Ventilation Upgrade – Finch Station.

Approved

c) Procurement Authorization Harvey
Shop Facility Modifications Contract M1-84

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award of a contract to Jeviso Construction Corporation (Jeviso) in the amount of $3,091,511.00 for Contract M1-84 – Harvey Shop Facility Modifications.
    
Approved

d) Procurement Authorization Kennedy Station –
On-Grade Paving and Structural Rehabilitation Contract F3-23

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the acceptance of the tender submitted by Aplus General Contractors Corp. (Aplus) and award of a contract in the amount of $1,523,100.00 for the Kennedy Station On-Grade Paving and Structural Rehabilitation.

Approved

e) Retrofit of Subway/SRT Open Stairway Entrances

It is recommended that the Commission approve the proposed locations and Architects to prepare design concepts for existing subway/Scarborough Rapid Transit (SRT) open stairway entrances as follows:

a) Finch Station – Adamson Associates Architects;

b) Lawrence Station – Zeidler Partnership;

c) Kennedy Station – Stevens Group Architects Inc.;

d) Ellesmere Station – Moriyama & Teshima Architects;

e) Lawrence East Station – Moriyama & Teshima Architects;

f) Museum – Daniel Libeskind Architects;

g) St. Patrick – Frank Gehry Architects; and

h) Osgoode Station – Diamond + Schmitt Architects Inc.

Approved

f) Procurement Authorization Contract G85-238
Triennial Design Services Various Work Assignments

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the issuance of Purchase Orders to the

following companies and in the upset limit amounts listed below for multi-disciplinary design  services related to One Time Work Orders, for a three year period as follows:

a) $300,000.00 to Marshall Macklin Monaghan Ltd.; and

b) $300,000.00 to Stevens Group Architects Inc.

Approved

g) Procurement Authorization – Pre-Engineering
Consultant Services Steeles West Station Contract A85-67

It is recommended that the Commission:

1. Authorize the award of Contract A85-67 – Pre-Engineering Consultant Services, Steeles West Station, to URS Canada Inc. in the total upset limit amount of $800,000.

2. Forward this report to City of Toronto Council to request confirmation of in-year approval of an increase in the 2007 budget for the Spadina Subway Extension of $3,650,000 bringing the current approved budget for 2007 to $4,450,000 and the current project approval level to $4,950,000.

3. Forward this report to the Region of York and to the Move Ontario Trust for information.

Approved

h) Procurement Authorization Geotechnical Engineering
Consultant Services Steeles West Station Contract A85-68

It is recommended that the Commission:

1. Authorize the award of Contract A85-68 – Geotechnical Engineering Consultant Services, Steeles West Station, to Golder Associates Ltd. in the total upset limit amount of $400,000.

2. Forward this report to City of Toronto Council to request confirmation of in-year approval of an increase in the 2007 budget for the Spadina Subway Extension of $3,650,000 bringing the current approved budget for 2007 to $4,450,000 and the current project approval level to $4,950,000.

3. Forward this report to the Region of York and to the Move Ontario Trust for information.

Approved

i) Station Modernization Program Design
Services for Pape Station Contract D85-10

It is recommended that the Commission approve the Conceptual Design for the Station Modernization Program at Pape Station which will be presented through the public consultation process as shown in Exhibit 1.

Approved

j) Procurement Authorization – The Supply of Tires for Non-Revenue Vehicles

It is recommended that the Commission approve the issuance of a purchase order to Kal Tire #840 (Kal Tire) in the total upset limit amount of $535,000 including taxes for the supply of tires for non-revenue vehicles for the period July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2010.

Approved

k) Procurement Authorization – Supply of SRT Track Kits and Assemblies

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award for the supply of various SRT assemblies and kits from June 2007 to December 2008, to the following two companies:

  • Protectolite Incorporated for $696,434.20 including applicable taxes;
  • UAS Canada Incorporated for $718,035.84 including applicable taxes.

Approved

l) Procurement Authorization – Supply of Autojobber Parts

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

  • DaimlerChrysler Commercial Buses North America Limited for $727,000 including applicable taxes.
  • Baker Transit Parts for $456,000 including applicable taxes.
  • British Auto Supply for $428,000 including applicable taxes.
  • Fort Garry Industries for $203,000 including applicable taxes.
  • Dial Auto Parts Incorporated for $162,000 including applicable taxes.
  • Davies Auto Electric Limited for $117,000 including applicable taxes.
  • General Auto Parts for $75,000 including applicable taxes.
  • D.J. Industrial Sales for $53,000 including applicable taxes.
  • Highway Automotive Supply for $50,000 including applicable taxes.
  • TRC Toronto for $45,000 including applicable taxes.
  • Traction for $44,000 including applicable taxes.
  • Neudoerffer Truck Supply for $43,000 including applicable taxes.
  • Mohawk MFG & Supply Company for $42,000 including applicable taxes.
  • Cadel for $37,000 including applicable taxes.
  • Colville Fasteners Limited for $35,000 including applicable taxes.
  • Elreg Distributors Limited for $35,000 including applicable taxes.
  • Vaughan Automotive Supplies for $15,000 including applicable taxes.
  • Hydraquip Sales & Service for $14,000 including applicable taxes.
  • Car Parts Company for $13,000 including applicable taxes.
  • Wes-Garde Components for $12,000 including applicable taxes.
  • Reliable Bearing Company Limited for $10,000 including applicable taxes.
  • Berco Automotive Supply Limited for $12,000 including applicable taxes.
  • Pneumatic Industrial Equipment for $3,000 including applicable taxes.
  • Williams Fluidair Corporation Limited for $2,500 including applicable taxes.

The total award would be $2,633,500 including applicable taxes.

Approved

m) Procurement Authorization – Supply
of SRT Splice Plate Kits and Conductors

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the issuance of a purchase order to Conductix Incorporated in the amount of $1,961,484.00 including applicable taxes for SRT Splice plate kits and Conductor rail.

Approved

n) Procurement Authorization – Purchase of Moltec Parts

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the awarding of a three-year inventory supply contract for Moltec Parts to MTG Moltec Trading Group Limited for the period from June 2007 to May 2010 for an upset limit of $457,000 including applicable taxes.
 
Approved

o) Procurement Authorization – Supply of Various Bus Parts

It is recommended that the Commission approve for inventory, additional funds in the amount of $823,500 for the purchase order with DaimlerChrysler Commercial Buses North America Limited for the supply of various bus parts resulting in a revised total upset limit of $5,487,100.

Approved

p) Procurement Authorization – Supply of Lumber

It is recommended that the Commission approve the issuance of purchase orders for the supply of lumber for a three year term, from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2010 as follows:

  • Hanford Lumber Limited (Hanford), in the upset limit amount of $480,000, including taxes for the Supply of Plywood; and
  • Weston Forest Products Inc. (Weston), in the upset limit amount of $260,000, including taxes for the Supply of Miscellaneous Hardwoods and Softwoods.

Approved

q) Procurement Authorization – Provision of Cafeteria
Services and Vending Machines – Proposal No. P31BN07097

It is recommended that the Commission approve the award of contract to Mr. Vending Inc. for the provision of cafeteria services and vending machines at various Commission properties in the total amount of $269,200 including GST (includes rent and leasehold improvements) to the Commission for a five-year period commencing July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2012.

Approved

r) Procurement Authorization – Reserved
Transit Lanes on St. Clair Avenue West (Phase Two)

It is recommended that the Commission:

1. Approve the issuance of a Purchase Order in the total upset limit amount of $7,200,000 (including all applicable taxes) to the City of Toronto – Transportation Services, for the costs associated with the 2007 design, contract administration and construction of reserved transit lanes along St. Clair Avenue West (Phase Two) between Westmount Avenue and Caledonia Road, including State of Good Repair surface track replacement;

2. Note that the planning and construction work is under way at this time since any deferral of the work would impact the ability to complete the work in a timely and cost efficient manner; and

3. Note that staff will be submitting a further report to the Commission at the appropriate time, estimated to be spring of 2008, to seek approval to complete Phase Three of the St. Clair Avenue West Transit Improvements Project.

Approved

s) Procurement Authorization – Supply of
1500 MCM and 500 MCM Traction Power Cable

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award of two contracts: one to Milrail Inc. (Milrail) in the amount of $247,653.60 for the supply of 1500 MCM cable and a second to Anixter Canada (Anixter) in the amount of $97,629.60 for the supply of 500 MCM cable for the Traction Power Distribution System.

Approved

t) Procurement Authorization – Supply of Rail Heating Cable

It is recommended that the Commission approve the issuance of a purchase order to RTR Technologies Inc. in the amount of $257,221.85 including all applicable taxes for the supply of rail heating cables and accessories for the SRT traction power rails.

Approved

u) Procurement Authorization Miscellaneous
Construction Assignments – Triennial – Proposal No. P31PY07758

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award of two triennial contracts, commencing from the date of Notification of Award to April 30, 2010, to Black & McDonald Limited and Land Construction Company Ltd. in the upset limit amounts of $250,000 each for a total upset limit amount of $500,000 for Miscellaneous Construction Assignments.

Approved

v) Supply of Pizza for 2007 United Way Campaign

It is recommended that the Commission approve awarding a contract to Pizza Pizza Limited for the purchase of pizza for the 2007 TTC United Way Employee Campaign, in the total upset limit amount of $350,000 including applicable taxes.

Approved

w) Summary of Authorized Expenditures between $100,000
to $200,000 for the Period April 1 2007 to April 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 April 1, 2007 to April 30, 2007, which were approved by the Interim Chief General Manager.

Received

6. Procurement Authorization Amendments

a) Purchase Order Amendment Authorization
for the Supply of Hilti Tools and Materials

It is recommended that the Commission approve the issuance of a Purchase Order Amendment to Hilti (Canada) Corporation to increase the total upset limit by $675,000 to a revised total of $1,875,000 for the supply of Hilti tools and materials.

Approved

b) Purchase Order Amendment – Laser Clearance Survey

It is recommended that the Commission authorize an amendment to the Purchase Order with Z+F USA Inc., for the supply of additional laser clearance survey services, in the subway and SRT system, increasing the total contract upset limit by $419,074.00 to $825,074.00 and the contract period from October 2007 to December 2007.

Approved

c) Procurement Authorization Amendment
Geotechnical and Geo-Environmental Engineering
Services Triennial Contract - Contract No. G85-215

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the issuance of Contract Amendment No.

4 to Conestoga-Rovers & Associates for the Geotechnical and Geo-Environmental Engineering Services Triennial Contract, in the amount of $400,000.00, increasing the total upset limit contract amount from $740,000.00 to $1,140,000.00.

Approved

Other Business

7. Business Case Review for a Smartcard System at the TTC

It is recommended that the Commission:

  • Approve the concept of operation for a smartcard system at the TTC, as outlined in this report and described in more detail in the appended report “Business Case Analysis for a Smartcard Fare Collection System”;
  • Direct City and TTC staff to undertake discussions with representatives of MTO to review the TTC’s business requirements and determine how these can be addressed by the Greater Toronto Area Fare System, noting that MTO has stated its willingness to work towards addressing TTC needs;
  • Direct City and TTC staff to undertake discussions with representatives of the Provincial Government and Federal Government to determine their position on funding a smartcard system for the TTC;
  • Direct staff to report back on the results of these discussions and identify the policy and financial implications of the Provincial and Federal positions; and
  • Forward this report to the City of Toronto, Greater Toronto Transportation Authority, Province of Ontario, and the Federal Government for information.

Approved

Commissioner Milczyn moved the following motions:

1. The Commission approve in principle the development of its own smartcard system that will be compatible and interoperable with the GTAFS.

2. That staff be requested to report on opportunities for a public-private partnership model for the implementation of a TTC smartcard system.

Commissioner Saundercook moved the following motions:

1. That staff report back on other examples world-wide where the suburbs have implemented a smart card system ahead of a large metropolis they surround.

2. That staff report back on the value of hosting a vendor day to educate TTC on latest technological advances in this field.

Commissioner Hall moved that the motions by Commissioner Milczyn and Commissioner Saundercook be referred to staff for report back in conjunction with the final report to be prepared by staff on the future direction of a smartcard system at the TTC.

The motion by Commissioner Hall carried.

Vice-Chair Mihevc moved that a copy of the report be referred to the TTC Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation for information.

The motion by Vice-Chair Mihevc carried.

8. Spadina Subway Extension to the Vaughan
 Corporate Centre – Estimated Operating Costs and Revenues

It is recommended that the Commission receive this report and provide any necessary direction noting that:

1. Staff will report back to the Commission with a more detailed report on the estimated costs/revenues of the Spadina Subway Extension (SSE) project no later than November 2007 including updated demand/passenger ridership forecasts for the entire project to the Vaughan Corporate Centre;

2. In consultation with City Planning staff, TTC staff will proceed to prepare updated demand/passenger forecasts for the entire SSE project as input to the revised net operating forecasts to be included in the November report to the Commission;

3. The Chief General Manager, in consultation with the City Manager, will request transitional operating subsidies for the SSE project from the Province of Ontario as outlined this report;

4. The Chair, in conjunction with the City Manager, will meet with the Provincial Minister of Transportation with respect to the importance of transitional operating subsidies for the project; and

5. TTC staff will be initiating negotiations with the Province of Ontario and York Region with respect to a possible revenue sharing agreement that would result in students travelling between York Region and York University on the Spadina Subway continuing to pay a single fare in each direction as occurs today.

Received

Vice-Chair Mihevc moved that staff be requested to work with York University administration, students and York Region Transit to explore a U-pass that can be used in both jurisdictions.

The motion by Vice-Chair Mihevc carried.

9. Light Rail Vehicle Acquisition Update

It is recommended that the Commission provide comments regarding the information provided in this report.

Received

10. Contract Extension for Wheel-Trans
Sedan Meter Based Taxi Service Providers

It is recommended that the Commission approve:

1. A six (6) month service extension to the existing sedan based taxi service providers from July 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007;

2. An increase of $2,800,000 to the overall contract upset limit for sedan based taxi service from $29,394,200 to $32,194,200; and

3. The allocation of these additional funds to the current sedan based taxi contractors for services rendered to December 31, 2007, as follows:

  • Arrow Cab Limited $1,100,000 increase from $9,081,700 to $10,181,700;
  • Beck Taxi Limited $900,000 increase from $13,228,500 to $14,128,500;
  • East End Taxi  $800,000 increase from $7,084,000 to $7,884,000.

Approved

11. Update – Transforming the TTC’s Safety Culture

It is recommended the Commission receive this report for information on the progress of safety culture initiatives currently underway including the Seven Point Action Plan.

Received

12. Accounts Receivable Considered Uncollectible

It is recommended that the Commission approve writing-off an outstanding account with The Warehouse Drug Store Ltd. (operating as “Hy & Zel’s”) considered uncollectible in the amount of $50,042.51.

Approved

13. TTC Corporate Policy Review – Policy 13.5 – Authorization for
Expenditures and Other Commitments, and Policy 5.3 Procurement

It is recommended that the Commission approve the following TTC Corporate Policies, as amended effective July 1, 2007, which are attached hereto as Appendix ‘A’ and ‘B’:

1. Policy 13.5, Authorization for Expenditures; and

2. Policy 5.3, Procurement.

Approved

14. Senior Management Review of the
Safety System Minutes of April 11, 2007

It is recommended that the Commission receive for information, the minutes of the April 11, 2007 Senior Management Review of the Safety System meeting.

Received

15. 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 April 18, 2007.

Received

16. TTC Pension Fund Society Annual Report and
Audited Financial Statements for the Fiscal Period Ended
December 31, 2006 and ByLaw Amendments for Approval

It is recommended that the Commission:

1. Receive the Pension Fund Society’s Annual Report and audited financial statements for the fiscal period ended December 31, 2006 for information; and

2. Approve the Pension Fund Bylaw amendments contained therein.

Approved

17. Staff Attendance at the 2007 Maximo Conference – Orlando, Florida

It is recommended that the Commission approve Dan Emoff’s attendance at the 2007 Maximo Conference in Orlando, Florida, from July 22 to 26, 2007, at an estimated cost of $3,982.00.

Approved

18. Annual Special Constable Services Year End 2006 Statistical Report

It is recommended that the Commission receive the attached report for information.

Received

19. Staff response to commission inquiry

a) Battery Recycling Program

The Commission had before it a memorandum dated June 13, 2007 from G. Webster, Interim Chief General Manager entitled, “Staff Response to Commission Inquiry – Battery Recycling Program.”

The Commission received the memorandum for information.

Vice-Chair Mihevc moved that staff be directed to establish a recycling program for all batteries.

The motion by Vice-Chair Mihevc carried.

b) Occupational Injury Performance Indicators
and Sitting Incidents on Wheel-Trans Vehicles

The Commission had before it a memorandum dated June 13, 2007 entitled, “Staff Response to Commission Inquiry – Occupational Injury Performance Indicators and Sitting Incidents on Wheel-Trans Vehicles.”

The Commission received the memorandum for information.
 
20. Correspondence

C-1 Joe Clark dated May 2, 2007 forwarding comments with respect to the preservation of irreplaceable signage at St. George, Eglinton, and other stations.

The Commission received the communication for information.

(Also see report no. 2 for minute)

C-2 Joe Clark dated May 4, 2007 forwarding comments regarding staff report entitled, “Signage and Wayfinding at the TTC.”

The Commission received the communication for information.

(Also see report no. 2 for minute)

C-3 The Honourable Lawrence Cannon dated May 29, 2007 regarding funding of the Toronto Transit City Light Rail Plan.

 The Commission received the communication for information.

21. New Business - NIL

Supplementary Agenda

22. Service Increases to Respond to Unanticipated Ridership Growth

Prior to considering the report, W. Dawson, Superintendent, Route & System Planning gave a PowerPoint presentation with respect to this matter.

The Commission received the presentation for information.

Commissioner Thompson moved the recommendations contained in the report, as listed below:

“It is recommended that the Commission:

1. Approve the implementation of 1900 additional, unbudgeted, hours of service per week in November 2007 to reduce overcrowding on the system at an estimated cost of $0.64 million in 2007, and an annual cost of $6.7 million in 2008 noting that:

  • System ridership is expected to reach 462m annual riders by year-end in 2007, which is 1.8% higher than budgeted, and ridership growth is expected to continue in 2008;
  • The additional service is required to accommodate this higher ridership level without overcrowding;
  • The eight additional buses required to provide these services can be accommodated within the current bus fleet plan to the end of 2008. Bus fleet requirements in the longer-term will be reviewed as part of the 2008 budget process, and;

2. Forward this report to the city’s budget committee for approval.”

Commissioner Saundercook moved that staff be requested to report back on any new solultions to the peak hour overcrowding the system is currently experiencing.

The motion by Commissioner Saundercook carried.

Chair Giambrone moved that a copy of the report also be forwarded to the greater Toronto Transportation Authority.

The motion by Chair Giambrone carried.

23. Transit City Light Rail Plan – Implementation Work Plan

It is recommended that the Commission:

1. Note that, subject to the provision of funding from senior levels of government and approval, by this September, of the proposed amendments to the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process for transit by the Minister of the Environment, the TTC and the City of Toronto will be in a position to begin construction on at least one light rail line from the Transit City Light Rail Plan by the fall of 2010;

2. Note that TTC staff have undertaken preliminary field investigations of two of the light rail lines from the Transit City plan, and are continuing this work for all of the lines in the Plan;

3. Immediately begin discussions with the provincial and federal governments regarding the provision of funding to allow construction of light rail lines to begin in 2010, as described in this report;

4. Request the Ontario Minister of the Environment to consider the earliest possible approval of the proposed changes to the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process for transit, when they are presented to her for approval in late July; and

5. Forward this report to City of Toronto, the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority, the Province of Ontario, and the Government of Canada.

Approved

Chair Giambrone moved that staff be requested to report on the social, economic and environmental impact of the transit city plan.

The motion by Chair Giambrone carried.

24. New Business

a) TTC Participation in Car Free Day

Chair Giambrone submitted a communication dated May 28, 2007 entitled, “TTC Participation in Car Free Day.”

Chair Giambrone moved that staff be directed to report back to the next Commission meeting on increased opportunities for participating in car free day, in consultation with the Sierra Club of Canada.

The motion by Chair Giambrone carried.

b) Strategic Plan for the TTC

Commissioner Thompson submitted a communication dated June 13, 2007 entitled, “Strategic Plan for the Toronto Transit Commission.”

Commissioner Thompson moved that staff be requested to prepare a report for the September 2007 commission meeting outlining a plan with timelines on how to best engage Torontonians in the development of a “strategic plan” for the TTC.

The motion by Commissioner Thompson carried.

The meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.