Meeting No. 1789

Tuesday, September 5, 2000

A meeting of the Toronto Transit Commission was held in Committee Room 2, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario on Tuesday, September 5, 2000 commencing at 1:05 p.m.

H. Moscoe (Chair), G. Lindsay Luby, D. Miller, C. Korwin-Kuczynski and J. Mihevc (Commissioners), R. Ducharme (Chief General Manager), V. Rodo (General Manager - Executive & General Secretary), G. Webster (General Manager – Operations), J. Sepulis (General Manager - Engineering & Construction), B. Leck (General Counsel), M. Walker (Chief Security Officer), A. Chocorlan (Manager - Materials and Procurement), M. Roche (Chief Financial Officer), R. Brent (Chief Marketing Officer), M. Stambler (Manager - Service Planning), W. Buffett (Assistant General Secretary), and A. Patrone (Administrative Coordinator) were present.

H. Moscoe was in the Chair.

Declaration Of Interest - Nil

Minutes Of Previous Meeting

On Motion Of Commissioner Korwin-Kuczynski, The Commission Approved The Minutes Of Meeting No. 1788 And Authorized The Chair And General Secretary To Sign The Same.

Business Arising Out Of The Minutes - Nil

Deputations

a) Report No. 20 - Service Improvements 2000 - 2001 - Results of Consultation - Annette 4 Route

Peter Lambert

Councillor Ila Bossons

City of Toronto

The Commission Received The Deputations.

(The Remainder Of Individuals Listed To Speak On This Issue Deferred Their Deputations Pending The Conclusion Of Further Community Consultation Which Was Requested By Councillor Bossons And Approved By The Commission - See Report No. 20 For Minute)

b) Request for Price Escalation on Hot Mix

Don Andrew

President

Andrew Paving & Engineering

(Submitted brief)

The Commission Received The Deputation.

(Also See Item No. 29B For Minute)

c) City of Toronto 1999 Cycling Study - Survey Results

Daniel Egan

Manager, Pedestrian and Cycling Infrastructure

City of Toronto

The Commission Received The Deputation.

Commissioner Mihevc Moved That Staff Be Directed To Report On What Subway Stations Have Bicycle Racks, Including Specific Entrance/Exit Locations Where They Are Located.

The Commission Approved Commissioner Mihevc's Motion.

Commissioners Correspondence

CC-1) Chair Moscoe submitted a communication dated August 8, 2000 from R. Ducharme, Chief General Manager, TTC to B. Robertson, Director, Taxi Industry Unit, City of Toronto with respect to the provision of free transit passes for Enforcement staff from the Taxi Industry Unit.

Commissioner Lindsay Luby Moved That Staff Be Directed To Report Back At The Next Meeting On The Possibility Of Providing Free Transit Passes To By-Law Enforcement Staff From The City Taxi Industry Unit.

The Commission Approved Commissioner Lindsay Luby's Motion.

CC-2) Commissioner Miller submitted his communication dated August 31, 2000 requesting that staff install new newspaper recycling bins at stations, where required, ensuring that sufficient boxes are available at high volume stations; and further that staff report on the feasibility of installing recycling bins for cans, bottles, and other recyclable items at appropriate locations.

(See Presentations Section For Minute)

Presentations

a) Cleanliness of Transit System - Free Transit Newspapers

G. Webster, General Manager - Operations gave an overhead slide and video presentation with respect to this matter.

After Hearing The Presentations, The Commission Approved The Following Resolutions On A Unanimous Vote:

1. Request The City Licensing Sub-Committee To Amend The Bill Distribution By-Law To Eliminate The Current Exemption Provided To Newspapers.

2. Request The City Planning & Transporation Committee To Initiate A Blitz To Ensure That Distributors Have Licenses.

3. That This Matter Be Brought To The Attention Of City Council Through The Next Meeting Of The City Planning & Transportation Committee For The Purpose Of Requesting The City To Process Applications For Newspaper Box Permits, And Removal Of Any Boxes That Do Not Meet This License Requirement; And Further That In Reviewing The Location Of The Boxes That The TTC Be Consulted For Input As To Location.

4. Request City Council Through The City Planning & Transportation Committee To Examine Licensing Fees For Boxes, With Such Fees To Include Contributions For The Cost Of TTC And City Clean Up.

5. Request The Owners Of The Free Transit Newspapers To Initiate A Process Of Stapling The Pages Of Their Newspapers.

6. Request The Owners Of The Free Publications To Pay A Fair Share Of The Clean Up Costs Associated With Their Publications.

7. Request The Owners Of The Free Transit Newspapers To Share In The Funding Of Providing Additional Recycling Boxes In Subway Stations.

8. Request TTC Staff To Install New Newspaper Recycling Bins At Any Station In Which They Might Be Required And, In View Of The Free Newspapers That Are Being Distributed, Ensure That There Are Sufficient Such Boxes At The High Volume Stations.

9. Request TTC Staff To Report On The Possibility Of Installing Recycling Bins For Cans, Bottles, And Other Recyclables At Appropriate Locations.

10. Request The TTC Solicitor To Report To The Chief General Manager About Legal Remedies Under The Law Of Nuisance Or Otherwise Against The Owners Of The Free Publications.

11. Request TTC Staff To Review The Possibility Of Hiring Permanent Staff To Ensure A Clean System.

12. Request TTC Staff To Review With Applicable City Staff What Can Be Undertaken To Ensure Cleanliness In The Vicinity Of Newspaper Boxes Located Near Or At Subway Stations.

13. Request TTC Staff To Review The Design Of Current Garbage Cans For Possible Improvement.

14. Request TTC Staff To Review The Possibility Of Locating OMG Recycling Containers Outside Of TTC Subway Stations.

Budget Matters

1. Chief General Manager's Report Period 6 - May 28 to July 1, 2000

It is recommended that the Commission:

1. receive for information the attached Executive Summary of the Chief General Manager's (CGM's) report covering the period May 28 to July 1, 2000; and

2. forward a copy of this cover report and the Executive Summary to each City Councillor for information (noting that the detailed CGM's report is available on request from the Office of the General Secretary of the Commission).

Adopted

Procurement Matters

2. Procurement Authorization Sheppard Subway Supply of Remote Terminal Units Contract SH-00-X07

It is recommended that the Commission accept the proposal submitted by Horton Automation Inc., for the Supply of Remote Terminal Units (RTU) and approve:

a) Award of a contract to Horton in the amount of $302,458.00;

b) Authorize funding in the amount of $18,093.68 for the payment of Provincial Sales tax to be remitted directly by the Commission.

Approved

3. Procurement Authorization Sheppard Subway Bessarion Station Design Contract SH-57-D1 Contract Amendment No. 2

It is recommended that the Commission authorize Contract Amendment No. 2 to Cole Sherman Associates, in the amount of $244,980, bringing the total authorized amount to $3,790,625.85 for Contract SH-57-D1 - Bessarion Station Design.

Approved

4. Procurement Authorization Key Station Accessibility Dundas Station Contract S2-14

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the issuance of a Purchase Order to the Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) in the amount of $1,100,000 for the construction of the tunnel connection to the underground parking garage at Dundas Station including an allowance for Contract Changes.

Approved

5. Procurement Authorization - Supply of Steel Poles

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the purchase of 1000 steel poles, and 1000 pole caps for the Pole Replacement Program from Powco Steel Products Ltd., in the amount of $1,078,700.00 including applicable taxes.

Approved

6. Project Approval - Phase 1 of Additional Storage Tracks Wilson Yard

It is recommended that the Commission approve:

1) proceeding with the first phase of the Wilson Yard Additional Storage Track Project in 2000, to accommodate a current shortage of vehicle storage space in yards, in the estimated interim amount of $2,000,000.00; and

2) forwarding this report to City Council requesting approval to proceed with the Wilson Yard Additional Storage Track Project and holding the expenses in TTC accounts pending City Council approval of the 2001-2005 TTC Capital Program.

Approved

7. Purchase of SRT Coupler Electrical Overhaul Kits

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the purchase, for inventory, of 30 coupler electrical overhaul kits from Dellner Couplers, in the amount of $756,295.46 including applicable taxes.

Approved

8. Purchase of Steel Cross Ties

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the awarding of a three year inventory supply contract for steel cross ties to H.J. Skelton Canada Limited in the amount of $1,448,541.97, including applicable taxes.

Approved

9. Purchase of Pandrol Clips and Insulators


It is recommended that the Commission authorize the awarding of a three year inventory supply contract for Pandrol clips and insulators to Pandrol Canada Limited in the amount of $756,447.00, including applicable taxes.

Approved

10. Purchase of Orion Vehicle Parts

It is recommended that the Commission authorize, for inventory, additional authority in the amount of $2,600,000.00 for the additional supply of Orion bus vehicle parts, for the period ending August 2001, from Orion Bus Industries Limited resulting in a revised upset limit of $8,200,000.00 including applicable taxes.

Approved

11. Purchase of Wabco Parts

It is recommended that the Commission authorize, for inventory, additional authority in the amount of $1,000,000.00 for the additional supply of Wabco vehicle parts for the period ending April 2001 from Wabco Company Limited resulting in a revised upset limit of $7,300,000.00 including applicable taxes.

Approved

12. Purchase of Rubber Rail Enclosures

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the awarding of a three year inventory supply contract for rubber rail enclosures to Polycorp Inc. in the amount of $3,529,232.64, including applicable taxes.

Approved

13. Purchase of Track Tie Plates

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the awarding of a three year inventory supply contract for track tie plates to H.J. Skelton Canada Ltd. in the amount of $1,630,007.47, including applicable taxes.

Approved

14. Contract Amendment - Testing and

Inspection Services for 1999-2002 Contract G85-127A

It is recommended the Commission authorize the issuance of Contract Amendment No. 4 to Intratech Engineering Laboratories Ltd. (Intratech), for an additional amount of $220,000 (taxes included), for continued testing and inspection services anticipated until the conclusion of the Sheppard Subway Project.

Approved

15. Request for Approval of Additional Funds and Purchase Order Amendment for Signal Priority Installations

It is recommended that the Commission:

1. Approve the expenditure of up to $490,000, over and above the $710,000 budgeted for signal priority installations in the 2000 Capital Project No. 9.2 Service Planning - Transit Priorities, noting that:

• $250,000 of the additional funds is being provided to the TTC as per the conditions of a development agreement, therefore, the net additional cost to the TTC would be only $240,000;

• of the $490,000, $290,000 is required to accommodate the higher tender prices for signal priority equipment on the 7 BATHURST project, compared to installations in the previous year; the remaining $200,000 is required to allow staff to pursue new signal priority installations at several problem locations on other routes; and

2. Approve the amendment of Purchase Order #C0210778 issued to the City of Toronto, from $710,000 to $1,200,000.

3. Forward this report to Toronto Works and Emergency Services - Transportation Services Division for information.

Approved

Other Business

16. Union Station Second Platform - Commencement of Preliminary Design

It is recommended that the Commission approve:

1. proceeding with the preliminary planning and design of the Union Station Second Platform in consultation with staff of GO Transit and the City of Toronto, at an estimated cost of $600,000;

2. authorization of $150,000 unbudgeted funds in the year 2000, to be drawn from under-expenditures in other projects;

3. holding the expenditures in TTC accounts pending City Council Project Approval as part of the 2001 to 2005 Capital Program; and

4. forwarding this report to GO Transit for information and to the City of Toronto Council for approval.

Approved

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

It is recommended that the Commission:

1) 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.

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

Adopted

18. Davisville Yard Property Requirements

It is recommended that the Commission:

1. change the status of the Davisville Yard property rights declared surplus in 1990 from surplus to required for transit operations; and

2. forward this report to the City of Toronto, Facilities & Real Estate, for information.

Approved

19. Workforce Diversity

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

Received

Commissioner Mihevc Moved That Staff Be Directed To Conduct An Internal Equal Opportunity Audit, Using The City's Access And Equity Office As A Resource, And To Report Back With The Results In January/February 2001.

The Commission Approved Commissioner Mihevc's Motion.

20. Service Improvements for 2000-2001 Results of Consultation

After Hearing The Deputations, The Commission Approved Recommendation Nos. 1, 2 And 5 Contained In The Report, As Listed Below:

"1. Approve The Introduction Of The Following Service Changes For A Trial Period, To Begin On January 7, 2001, Noting That No Comments Were Received In Opposition To These Changes:

• 9 Bellamy - Saturday Evening Service

• 108 Downsview - Saturday Late Evening Service

• 191 Highway 27 Express - Monday-Friday Midday And Evening And Saturday Service

• 58 Malton - Saturday Service To Westwood Mall

• 59 Maple Leaf - Revised Service In Weston

• 102 Markham Rd - Saturday, Sunday, And Holiday Service North Of Sheppard Avenue

• 130 Middlefield - Limited Sunday Service

• 131 Nugget - Saturday Evening Service

• 171 Progress East - Monday-Friday Evening Service

• 80 Queensway - Sunday And Holiday Service West Of Humber Loop

• 71 Runnymede - Revised Service On Lambton Avenue

• 134 Tapscott - Sunday And Holiday Service South Of Mclevin Avenue

• 112 West Mall - Limited Sunday Service North Of Eglinton Avenue

2. Approve The Introduction Of New Direct Service To York University From The West, As Discussed In This Report, To Begin On January 7, 2001, Noting That TTC Staff Are Working With Mississauga Transit Staff On Integrating This Service With A Present Mt Service In The Area;

5. Note That The Following Service Changes Have Already Begun A Trial Period Of Operation, Or Have Already Been Approved To Begin A Trial Period Of Operation, As A Result Of Direction From The Commission At Earlier Meetings:

• Ellesmere Road - Direct Service To Scarborough Centre Station And The University Of Toronto At Scarborough (Service Begins September 5, 2000)

• 73 Royal York - Extension To Claireport Crescent (Service Begins Monday, October 16, 2000)

• 65 Parliament - Sunday And Holiday Service (Service Begins Sunday, October 15, 2000)."

The Commission Deferred Recommendation No. 3 Concerning The 4 Annette Route, Pending Further Community Consultation.

The Commission Deferred Recommendation No. 4 Concerning The 143 Downtown/Beach Express, Pending Further Discussion With The Affected City Councillors.

The Commission Amended Recommendation No. 6 By Deleting The Words "The City Of Toronto" So Such Recommendation Reads As Follows:

"6. Forward This Report To All City Councillors."

21. Confirmation of Police Crackdown on King Street Traffic Violators

The Commission Approved Recommendation No. 1 Contained In The Report, As Listed Below:

"It Is Recommended That The Commission Confirm The Approval Of The Chair, Vice-Chair And Chief General Manager To:

1. Approve The Expenditure Of $98,000 For Hiring Paid Duty Police To Aggressively Enforce Existing Traffic Regulations Along The 504 King Streetcar Route Beginning September 5, 2000, Noting That:

• The 504 King Streetcar Route Is Subject To Continual Service Disruptions Which Lead To Crowding And Irregular Service;

• A Key Contributing Factor To The Problems With The 504 King Service Are Those Private Motorists And Taxi Drivers Who Consistently Ignore The Traffic Regulations Which Are In Place And Which, If Obeyed, Would Aid Streetcar Operations;

• Traffic Congestion Is Often So Bad In The Afternoon Rush Hour That, In Specific Sections In The Downtown, There Are Times When It Is Faster To Walk Than To Take The Streetcar;

• To Improve The Quality Of The 504 King Streetcar Service, An Aggressive Campaign Of Police Enforcement Of The Existing Traffic And Turning Regulations Along The 504 King Streetcar Route Is Necessary;

• Police Officers, With The Help Of TTC Operators And Supervisory Staff, Will Patrol The 504 King Route To Ticket And/Or Tow Motorists Who Are Illegally Stopped Or Parked, Who Are Making Illegal Turns, Or Who Are Blocking Intersections;

• This Aggressive Enforcement Is Planned For Several Months, Beginning September 5, 2000 And Is Estimated To Cost $98,000;"

Commissioner Miller Moved That Recommendation No. 2 Be Amended By Adding The Words "Roncesvalles Macdonell Residents Association", So Such Recommendation Reads, As Follows:

"2. Forward This Report To The Niagara Neighbourhood Residents' Association, Roncesvalles Macdonell Residents Association, Toronto Works And Emergency Services, The Toronto Police Services Board, The Toronto Community Council And Toronto City Council For Information."

Chair Moscoe Moved That Staff As Part Of The Evaluation Of This Initiative, Examine The Feasibility Of Seconding One Or Two Police Officers As An Alternative To Paid Duty Officers.

The Commission Approved Chair Moscoe's Motion.

Commissioner Miller Moved That Staff Request The Relevant City Department To Keep Track Of The Accrued Revenues From This Operation.

The Commission Approved Commissioner Miller's Motion.
 
Commissioner Lindsay Luby Moved That Staff Examine The Feasibility Of Taking Similar Action On Dundas Street.

The Commission Approved Commissioner Lindsay Luby's Motion.

Commissioner Korwin-Kuczynski Moved That Staff Take Appropriate Action In Accelerating The Planned Work On The By-Pass Track At Dundas West Station From The 2002 To 2001 Capital Budget.

The Commission Approved Commissioner Korwin-Kuczynski's Motion.

22. Post-Implementation Review - 192 AIRPORT ROCKET

It is recommended that the Commission:

1. Approve the 192 AIRPORT ROCKET service during the peak periods and midday from Monday to Friday as a regular part of the TTC system;

2. Approve the operation of trial service on the 192 AIRPORT ROCKET route during the evenings and on weekends and holidays, effective January 7, 2001; and

3. Forward this report to Councillors Holyday and O'Brien, and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.

Approved

23. Appointment of Directors - Toronto Transit Commission - Sick Benefit Association

It is recommended that the Commission appoint Scott Blakey, Manager - Human Resources, and Robert Boutilier, Deputy General Manager - Surface, as Directors of the TTC Sick Benefit Association.

Approved

24. Toronto Transit Commission By-Law No. 1 Set Fine Increase

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

Received

25. Information Report - Sheppard Subway Trackwork, Contracted Services

It is recommended that the Commission receive this report on Sheppard Subway Trackwork, Contracted Services for information.

Received

26. Outstanding Commission Items

It is recommended that the Commission receive for information the attached list of outstanding Commission items for the period covering April 1998 to July 2000.

Received

27. Summary of Authorized Expenditures for the Period July 2, 2000 to July 28, 2000

It is recommended that the Commission receive this report for information. It lists expenditures ($100,000.00 up to $200,000.00) for the period July 2, 2000 to July 28, 2000, which were approved by Senior Management.

Received

28. Request for Proposals for the Development of Eglinton Bus Terminal and Eglinton Garage

It is recommended that the Commission:

1. Authorize the preparation and issuance of a Request for Proposals ("RFP") for the redevelopment of the Eglinton Bus Terminal and the Eglinton Garage;

2. Authorize the City of Toronto Corporate Service Department, Real Estate & Facilities Division, to act as TTC's agent;

3. Authorize TTC staff to take such action as necessary to evaluate the responses through a working group consisting of representatives from TTC's Property Management, Engineering, Legal, Finance, Bus Transportation, Service Planning, Plant Maintenance and Track & Structure Departments, as well as the City's Planning, Real Estate and Transportation staffs. External consultants such as legal, financial and design would be retained, as required; and

4. Forward this report to the local councillors and the Commissioner of Corporate Services.

Approved

Chair Moscoe Moved That The TTC Formalize The Informal Agreement Made With The Mayor Regarding How To Share Development Revenues For TTC And TTC Related Properties, Which Is:

I) For TTC Owned Properties, 60% Of Net Development Proceeds Accrue To The Commission And 40% To The City; And

II) For City Owned Transit Properties, 40% Net Development Proceeds Accrue To The Commission And 60% To The City.

The Commission Approved Chair Moscoe's Motion.

Commissioner Mihevc Moved That Staff Be Directed To Come Forward With A Strategic Plan On The Marketing Of TTC And City Owned Properties By Subways, As Soon As Possible.

The Commission Approved Commissioner Mihevc's Motion.

Commissioner Miller Moved That Staff Meet With City Planning Staff And The Local Councillors To Review The Appropriate Public Consultation Process For Affected Residents.

The Commission Approved Commissioner Miller's Motion.

29. Staff Response to Commission Inquiries

a) Licensing of the TTC Image

The Commission had before it a memorandum dated September 5, 2000 from R. Ducharme, Chief General Manager entitled, "Staff Response to Commission Inquiry - Licensing of the TTC Image."

The Commission Approved The Draft RFP Submitted By Staff Entitled, "Toronto Transit Commission Request For Proposal For Licensing Of The TTC Image Proposal No.: J01HOOO5."

b) Request for Price Escalation on Hot Mix

After Hearing The Deputation, The Commission Received A Memorandum Dated September 5, 2000 From R. Ducharme, Chief General Manager Entitled, "Staff Response To Commission Inquiry - Request For Price Escalation On Hot Mix."

30. Correspondence

C-1) Stephen Saines expressing his appreciation on the thorough investigation conducted by the TTC regarding the subway open door incident.

The Commission Received The Communication For Information.

C-2 Jeff Abrams, for City of Toronto Clerk advising that City Council at its meeting on August 1, 2, 3 and 4, 2000 requested the Commission to provide their comments to the Works Committee concerning possible initiatives to enhance recycling on TTC properties.

The Commission Referred The Communication To Staff For Attention.

C-3 Jeff Abrams, for City of Toronto Clerk forwarding a copy of Clause 58, Report No. 10 of the Policy and Finance Committee entitled, "Resource Implications of the Environmental Plan."

The Commission Referred The Communication To Staff For Report.

C-4 Jeff Abrams, for City of Toronto Clerk forwarding a copy of Clause 21, Report No. 16 of the Administration Committee entitled, "Employee Participation in Election Campaigns; and further that Council has requested all agencies, Boards, Commissions and Special Purpose Bodies to implement policies consistent with the provisions of this policy and advise the Chief Administrative Officer no later than September 20, 2000, of the actions taken in this regard.

The Commission Referred The Communication To Staff For Report.

C-5 Marilyn Toft, for City of Toronto Clerk forwarding a copy of Clause 20, Report No. 16 of the Administration Committee entitled, "Conflict of Interest Policy"; and further that Council has requested all Agencies, Boards, Commissions and Special Purpose Bodies to implement policies consistent with the provisions of this policy and advise the Chief Administrative Officer within six months of the actions taken in this regard.

The Commission Referred The Communication To Staff For The Purpose Of Comparing The TTC'S Current Policy Against The City's Policy, With A Report Back On What Amendments Would Be Required To Bring The TTC Policy Into Conformance With The City.

C-6 Helen Copestake expressing concern with the operation of the 32 EGLINTON WEST bus service on Roselawn Avenue.

The Commission Deferred Consideration Of This Communication.

(Also See C-7)

C-7 Councillor Anne Johnston, City of Toronto requesting that a letter sent by Helen Copestake regarding the operation of bus service be deferred pending further consultation with the residents involved.

The Commission Received Councillor Johnston's Communication And Agreed To The Requested Deferral.

C-8 Councillor Ila Bossons, City of Toronto requesting deferral of Recommendation No. 3 contained in Commission Report #20 entitled, "Service Improvements - 2000-2001 - Results of Consultation" to permit further community consultation as it relates to the 4 ANNETTE bus route.

The Commission Received The Communication For Information.

(See Report No. 20 For Minute)

31. New Business

a) Committee of the Whole Resolution

The Commission Approved A Resolution By Commissioner Korwin-Kucynski To Meet As The Committee Of The Whole On Wednesday, October 18, 2000 To Deal With Litigation Or Potential Litigation Matters, Labour Relations Or Employee Negotiations And To Receive Advice Which Is Subject To Solicitor-Client Privilege.

b) Preliminary Design of Commuter

Parking Lot at Downsview Station

Chair Moscoe Moved That Staff Be Directed To Begin Preliminary Designs For A Commuter Parking Lot At The Downsview Station With Funding To Be Taken From Under-Expenditures In The Capital Budget.

The Commission Approved Chair Moscoe's Motion.

The meeting adjourned at 3:10 p.m.