November 18, 2013
Board Meeting Highlights
Temporary bus terminal at Islington Station
The Board approved a report recommending a temporary bus terminal be constructed at Islington Station due to the deteriorated state of the concrete slab underneath a portion of the bus terminal. The bus terminal would have to be closed within the next three years. As a result, a temporary terminal must be built on the adjacent property. The report also requests that the City of Mississauga formally confirm by Dec. 15, 2013 that MiWay buses require space in the temporary facility beginning in 2017, and that Metrolinx provide a firm schedule for the construction of the Kipling Mobility Hub (regional bus terminal at Kipling Station).
Woodbine Station easier access and second exitThe Board approved the award of a contract worth $19.7 million to Aecon Buildings for the Woodbine Station easier access and second exit project. Major work includes the installation of two elevators connecting the eastbound and westbound platforms to the concourse level and street level, and a second exit at the northwest corner of Woodbine Avenue and Strathmore Boulevard. Construction is set to begin in 2014 and is scheduled for completion in 2017.
Recent requests for fare discounts
The Board approved the following motion by Commissioner Josh Colle: The TTC request that the provincial and federal governments consider providing financial support and/or incentives for TTC Metropass purchases by seniors and Ontario Disability Support Program and Ontario Works Program recipients. The motion was in response to a request for the TTC to consider further fare discounts beyond what already exists. The TTC policy on concession fares is that new or reduced concession fares will only be considered if arrangements are made to subsidize the TTC for associated revenue losses.
Update on TTC/GO fare integration pilots
Board Members received an update on a request made last meeting with respect to integrating TTC and GO fares at selected GO stations. Metrolinx is currently undertaking a region-wide study of fare and service integration and that includes participation from TTC and other area transit agencies. Metrolinx is expected to report its findings next fall. The potential for pilot projects at individual stations will be considered within the context of this Metrolinx review.