TTC conducting bus stop and shelter map pilot on 94 Wellesley route

Commissioners received a presentation from Acting Chief Service Officer Chris Upfold on a pilot being rolled out at all stops and shelters on the 94 Wellesley route. The TTC is undertaking an extensive analysis of the type of information being displayed so that customers can make more informed decisions about where they want to go and the transit links they need to make to reach their destination. TTC staff will be seeking feedback from customers online and on the street starting the first week of March.

National award for Victoria Park Station modernization

TTC Chair Karen Stintz congratulated the TTC, and the City of Toronto, for an award received for the modernization of Victoria Park Station. The Sustainable Communities Award, from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, recognizes the subway station’s renovation and renewal, which improves the customer experience, increases accessibility and addresses structural deterioration.

New second exit planning and consultation process

Commissioners endorsed the TTC’s Second Exit Planning and Consultation Program and directed TTC staff to report back on the Evaluation Framework to be developed by a third-party expert panel. TTC staff is also to report back on the results of public consultation and planning at the eight remaining stations in the second exit program (Chester, College, Donlands, Dundas, Dundas West, Greenwood, Museum, Summerhill).

2012 report on TTC accessibility

Commissioners approved the 2012 Year-End Status Report on TTC Accessible Transit Services. The report notes that: all subway trains are accessible; all buses are accessible; accessible streetcars are scheduled to begin operation in 2014; Wheel-Trans completed the renewal of its entire bus fleet; and 45 per cent of subway stations are currently accessible. Funding pressure on the TTC’s long-term capital budget has resulted in the completion of the station retrofit program to be pushed back by five years to 2025. The report will be forwarded to the City of Toronto, Metrolinx, the Ontario Ministries of Community and Social Services, Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy, and the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

City presents its workforce development strategy

Commissioners received a presentation from Councillor Michael Thompson, Chair of the Economic Development and Culture Committee, and Heather MacVicar and Karen Wilson of the City of Toronto, entitled, Working as One: A City of Toronto Workforce Development Strategy.

The presentation was about the Council-endorsed plan to foster connections between unemployed and under-employed residents of the city with employers, in the public sector in particular, for good-paying job opportunities. An example cited for promoting local hiring, which received TTC Board approval last November, is the community outreach and training initiative for The Leslie Barns construction project.