Meeting No. 1862 

Monday, November 28, 2005

A meeting of the Toronto Transit Commission was held in Committee Room 2, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario on Monday, November 28, 2005 commencing at 1:05 p.m.

H. Moscoe (Chair), J. Mihevc, P. Li Preti, B. Saundercook, A. Giambrone, S. Bussin and B. Ashton (Commissioners), R. Ducharme (Chief General Manager), V. Rodo (General Manager – Executive & General Secretary), G. Webster (General Manager – Operations), J. Sepulis (General Manager – Engineering & Construction), L. Hilborn (Deputy General Manager - Corporate), B. Leck (General Counsel), A. Chocorlan (Manager - Materials & Procurement), M. Roche (Chief Financial Officer), T. Andrews (Chief Special Constable), S. Blakey (Executive Director, Human Resources), A. Smith (Acting Chief Marketing Officer), M. Stambler (Manager – Service Planning), W. Buffett (Assistant General Secretary) and F. Stanois (Co-ordinator - Secretariat Services) were present.

H. Moscoe was in the Chair.

A. Swarbrick and J. Diamond, Toronto Community Foundation were present for Item No. 2.

O. Kobylansky, General Superintendent, Surface Streetcar Maintenance Department was present for Item No. 3.

R. Soberman, Richard M. Soberman Limited, was present for Item No.4.

T. Middlebrook, Chief Engineer, Engineering Department was present for Item No. 5

J. O’Grady, Chief Safety Officer, Safety Department was present for Item No. 30a).

Declaration of interest – municipal conflict of interest act - nil

Minutes of previous meeting

Commissioner Li Preti Moved That The Commission Approve The Minutes From Meeting No. 1861, And That The Chair And General Secretary Be Authorized To Sign The Same.

The Motion By Commissioner Li Preti Carried.

Business arising out of the minutes - nil

Committee of the whole resolution

Commissioner Mihevc Moved That The Commission Meet As The Committee Of The Whole On Wednesday, December 14, 2005 At 9:30 A.M., Or Later, 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 Mihevc Carried.

Deputations

a) Report No. 28b) – Staff Response to Commission Inquiry – Bus Operations on Pine Street

Councillor Frances Nunziata
City of Toronto

The Commission Received The Deputation.

(See Report No. 28B) For Minute)

b) Issues Affecting TTC Blind Passengers

John Rae
National President
Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians

Marcia Cummings
National Secretary
Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians

The Commission Received The Deputations.

c) French Emergency Signs on Buses

Rebecca Moscoe DiFelice
(Not present, but submitted communication)

Chair Moscoe Moved That The Communication Be Referred To Staff For Investigation With A Report Back To The Commission.

The Motion By Chair Moscoe Carried.
 
d) Report No. 5 – Spadina Subway Extension Environmental Assessment Study Final Recommendations

Prior to hearing the deputations, Chair Moscoe submitted a petition on behalf of Tectrol Inc. with respect to this matter.

The Commission Received The Petition.

Councillor Karen Stintz
City of Toronto

Andy Manahan
Universal Workers Union Local 183
(Submitted brief)

Dr. Ted Spence
Senior Policy Advisor
York University

Simha Mendelsohn

Stephen D’Agostino
Thomson, Rogers

Councillor Sandra Yeung Racco
City of Vaughan
(Submitted brief)

Andrew Jeanrie
On behalf of Tectrol Inc.

Brian Shifman, Executive Director
Smart Commute – North Toronto Vaughan

Niki Popper
Smart Commute – North Toronto Vaughan

Vic Caldana
Peter Kepecs

Andrew Menceles

Bernard Weinstein

Ron Krausz

Gary Stern

Chris Tzekas

The Commission Received The Deputations.

(See Report No. 5 For Minute)

e) Request to Extend 96B Bus Route to Indian Line Park

Stan Nemiroff
Trustee
Toronto District School Board
(Not present, but submitted communication)

Chair Moscoe Moved That Staff Be Requested To Meet With Mr. Nemiroff To Discuss Available Service Options.

The Motion By Chair Moscoe Carried.

f) Report No. 4 – Strategic Plan for the Future of the Scarborough RT

Councillor Michael Thompson
City of Toronto

Councillor Gerry Altobello
City of Toronto

Tom Nowers
University of Toronto – Scarborough Campus
(Submitted brief)

Rosanna Cavallaro
Centennial College

Councillor Michael Del Grande
City of Toronto

Councillor Raymond Cho
City of Toronto

The Commission Received The Deputations.

(See Report No. 4 For Minute)

g) Report No. 19 & 20 Extension of Distance Based and Meter Based Taxi Contracts

Ikram Freed

Sajid Mughal
(Didn’t speak, but submitted brief)

The Commission Received The Deputation And Brief Submitted By Mr. Mughal.

(See Report Nos. 19 And 20 For Minute)

Commissioners Correspondence - Nil

Presentations

1. Award of Merit – Theo Parusis and Alvaro Mejia

Chair Moscoe advised that on November 4, 2005, at 4:00 p.m., customers, Theo Parusis and Alvaro Mejia were standing on the subway platform at Lawrence West Station, when they observed a fellow customer fall to the southbound tracks.  Theo and Alvaro could see that the woman was injured.  Theo immediately jumped to track level and began to assist the woman.  Alvaro could see that Theo was having a difficult time assisting the woman back to the platform, and jumped to track level to help him.  A train was on the approach and entered the station shortly after all three returned safely to the platform.  Emergency response personnel attended and transported the woman to hospital where she was treated for her injuries.

On behalf of the Commission, Chair Moscoe presented Theo Parusis and Alvaro Mejia with an Award of Merit for their courageous and caring actions.

2. Station Renaissance Design Enhancement Initiatives for University Line Stations: Museum, St. Andrew and St. Patrick

A. Swarbrick and J. Diamond, Toronto Community Foundation gave a PowerPoint presentation with respect to this matter.

The Commission Received The Presentation And Adopted The Recommendation Contained In The Report, As Listed Below:

“It Is Recommended That The Commission:
 
1. Support The Initiative Of The Toronto Community Foundation (TCF) To Provide A Visual Identity At Key Stations Related To The Cultural Centres Adjacent To Those Stations;

2. Approve In Principle, The Vision And Specific Design Concept Of The 3-Station Project; And
 
3. Authorize TCF To Proceed With The First Station Implementation In Coordination With Ttc Engineering Staff.”

Commissioner Giambrone Moved That The Commission Also Endorse The Following Requests Embodied In The Toronto Community Foundation Presentation:

1. That The Commission Establish Partnership With The Toronto Community Foundation.

2. That The Commission Participate With The Toronto Community Foundation In Fund Development.

3. That The Commission Coordinate Scheduled Construction Or Maintenance Upgrades In The Target Stations With The Project To Realize Cost And Labour Efficiencies.

The Motion By Commissioner Giambrone Carried.

Commissioner Giambrone Moved That The Commission Reaffirm $375,000 For Design For Station Modernization And Up To $500,000 For The Toronto Community Foundation’s Station Renovation Program In Each 2006, 2007 And 2008, Conditional On Private Funds On A 1 To 3 Basis, Noting That1/4 Is City Funded With 3/4 Coming From Other Sources.

The Motion By Commissioner Giambrone Carried.

3. Streetcar Fleet Plan Update

O. Kobylansky, General Superintendent, Surface – Streetcar Maintenance Department gave a PowerPoint presentation with respect to this matter.

The Commission Received The Presentation For Information.

4. Strategic Plan for the Future of the Scarborough RT

R. Soberman, Richard M. Soberman Limited gave a PowerPoint presentation with respect to this matter.

The Commission Received The Presentation For Information.

Commissioner Ashton Moved That Staff Be Requested To Arrange Additional Consultation Meetings With The Scarborough Business Community And Educational Institutions Concerning This Matter.

The Motion By Commissioner Ashton Carried.

5. Spadina Subway Extension Environmental Assessment Study Final Recommendations

T. Middlebrook, Chief Engineer, Engineering Department gave a PowerPoint presentation with respect to this matter.

The Commission Received The Presentation And Approved The Recommendation Contained In The Report, As Listed Below:

“It Is Recommended That The Commission:

1. Approve The Spadina Subway Extension Alignment, Stations And Related Commuter Facilities, As Described In The Attached “Spadina Subway Extension Environmental Assessment Draft Report Executive Summary”.

2. Forward This Report To The City Of Toronto Council (Through Planning And Transportation Committee And Works Committee) For Approval.

3. Subject To City Of Toronto Council Approval, Authorize The Chief General Manager To Submit The Complete Environmental Assessment Report To The Ministry Of The Environment For Approval.

4. Forward This Report To The Regional Municipality Of York, The City Of Vaughan, Go Transit And The Ministry Of Public Infrastructure Renewal For Ontario, For Information.”

Chair Moscoe Moved The Following Motions:

1. That Staff Review The Feasibility Of Making Minor Adjustments To The Route And Consider Construction Methods That Will Minimize The Disruption To Industrial Properties In The Kodiak Industrial Subdivision.

2. That Staff Work With Business Owners And The Administration Of Downsview Park To Assist With The Re-Location Of These Businesses On The Nearby Downsview Lands, And That This Be Part Of The Negotiations With The Park Regarding The Locating Of A Station On The Downsview Park Lands.

3. That Staff Convene A Meeting Of The Business Owners And The Downsview Park Administration Including The Local Councillor And Local Mp To Negotiate A Possible Re-Location Package That Will Assist Businesses Being Displaced To Re-Locate To Downsview Lands Currently Designated Industrial Or Such Other Locations That Can Prove To Be Mutually Beneficial.

4. That Staff Report On The Possibility Of Building Fire Station #141 Into The Finch West Subway Station.

5. That Staff Consult With The City Works Department And Develop Plans For The Completion Of The Trunk Sewer North From Sheppard Towards Grandravine In Conjunction With The Construction Of This Subway.

6. That Staff Report On Possible Alternative Names For The Finch West Station (Keele North Station) And Sheppard West Station (Park Station).

The Motions By Chair Moscoe Carried.

Commissioner Saundercook Moved That Staff Report Back On The Rational Of The Three Track System Versus The Two Track System.

The Motion By Commissioner Saundercook Carried.

Commissioner Li Preti Moved The Following:

Whereas It Is Important To Continue With Property Investigations And Related Engineering Support To Further Define Property Interests, And Respond To More Detailed Enquiries In Response To Ea Recommendations; And,

Whereas It Is Important To Commence Geotechnical And Environmental Investigation Along The Recommended Alignment And Station Locations; And,

Whereas It Is Important To Establish A Terms Of Reference For The Federal Environmental Screening Report In The Event That The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (Ceaa) Requirements Are Triggered By Federal Contributions To The Spadina Subway Extension Project.

Therefore Be It Resolved That:

1. The Commission Recommend Approval For An Increase Of $1.3 Million To The Toronto Transit Commission’s Preliminary 2006-2010 Capital Budget To Reflect Reallocation Of Expenditures From The “Below The Line” Spadina Subway Extension Project Found In The Ttc 2006-2010 Capital Program Submission To Allow TTC Staff To:

A) Continue With Property Investigations And Related Engineering Support To Further Define Property Interests And To Respond To More Detailed Enquiries In Response To The Ea Recommendations;

B) Commence Geotechnical And Environmental Investigations Along The Recommended Alignment And Station Locations;

C) Establish A Terms Of Reference For The Federal Environmental Screening Report In The Event That The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) Requirements Are Triggered By Federal Contributions To The Spadina Subway Extension Project; And,

2. The Ontario Ministry Of Public Infrastructure Renewal, The Regional Municipality Of York And All Other Participating Stakeholders Recognize These Costs As Part Of The Formal Cost Share Agreement To Be Developed Respecting The Spadina Subway Extension Project.

The Motion By Commissioner Li Preti Carried.

Budget Matters

6. 2006 TTC Operating Budget

M. Roche, Chief Financial Officer, Finance Department gave an overhead slide presentation with respect to this matter.

The Commission Received The Presentation.

Commissioner Mihevc Moved That Final Approval Of The 2006 TTC Operating Budget Be Deferred And That Staff Report Back With Scenarios To Achieve Reductions Without A Fare Increase And Service Reductions, Including Looking At:

1. Gapping Of Non-Front Line Staff;

2. Deferring New Staff (Non-Operations);

3. Review Loading Standards;

4. Review $5 Million Contribution To Employee Liability;

5. Deleting The Ontario Health Premium;

6. Obtaining Better Precision In Fuel Pricing;

7. Determining Contribution From 2005 Surplus;

8. Other Options To Achieve Savings; And

That This Report Be Forwarded To The City’s Budget Advisory Committee For Further Review.

The Motion By Commissioner Mihevc Carried.

Chair Moscoe Moved That Staff Report Back On The Feasibility Of Charging A Fee On Vehicle Registration Renewals That Would Be Used For Public Transit Purposes, Including How Much Revenue Could Be Generated From This Initiative And Legal Advice On When Such A Requirement Could Be Introduced.

The Motion By Chair Moscoe Carried.

7. 2006-2010 TTC Capital Program and 10-Year Capital Forecast

M. Roche, Chief Financial Officer, Finance Department gave an overhead slide presentation with respect to this matter.

The Commission Received The Presentation And Approved The Recommendation Contained In The Report, As Listed Below:

“It Is Recommended That The Commission:

1. Approve The 2006 Capital Program In The Amount Of $589.296 Million As Described In This Report (And Summarized In Appendix A) And The Accompanying Documents:

• TTC 2006-2010 Capital Program Overview

• TTC 2006-2010 Capital Program (Blue Books)

2. Approve The 2006-2010 Capital Program In The Amount Of $3.672 Billion As Shown In This Report And The Accompanying Documents.

3. Approve The 10-Year Capital Forecast In The Amount Of $5.734 Billion As Shown In This Report And The Accompanying Documents.

4. Consider This Report In Concert With The Following:

A) The TTC 2006 Operating Budget

B) The TTC 2006 Wheel-Trans Operating Budget

C) The TTC 2006 Departmental Goals And Objectives

D) The TTC 2006 Organization Charts

5. Request The City Chief Financial Officer/Deputy City Manager To Confirm That City Transportation Has Budgeted For City Costs Associated With The St. Clair Right-Of-Way Project; Failing Which, The TTC Will Include The City Costs For This Project ($20 Million) In The TTC Budget Subject To A Corresponding Increase In City Debt Target Funding To The TTC’S Capital Program.

6. Forward This Report To The City Of Toronto For Council Approval Of The 2006-2010 Capital Program And Approval Of The 10 Year Forecast.

7. Receive The City Of Toronto Analyst Briefing Notes (Appendix B), Which Include A Series Of Recommended Changes To The TTC 2006-2010 Capital Budget As Described In The Section Entitled, “City Recommendations” Starting On Page 4 Of This Report.  These Changes, Together With Draft Budget Advisory Committee Recommendations (Appendix C) Will Be Considered By The Policy & Finance Committee On November 24TH.

8. Forward This Report To The Ontario Ministry Of Transportation, The Honourable Harinder Takhar, The Ontario Ministry Of Public Infrastructure Renewal, The Honourable David Caplan, And To The Ontario Ministry Of Finance, The Honourable Dwight Duncan For Information.

9. Forward This Report To The Minister Of Transportation Of Canada, The Honourable Jean-C. Lapierre And To The Minister Of State (Infrastructure And Communities), The Honourable John Ferguson Godfrey, For Information.”

7a. St. Clair Streetcar Project: Budget Update

It is recommended that the Commission:

1. Receive this report for information, noting that:

• in a September 13, 2004 report to the Commission, TTC staff stated that the cost of the St. Clair Streetcar Project would be in the range of $55 to $65 million depending on the cost of required property acquisitions, the details of final design, and the magnitude of civil works required;

• that report explained that these costs would cover the construction and implementation of new reserved streetcar lanes on St. Clair Avenue, installing new centre-pole overhead wiring, installing new streetcar platforms and shelters, widening and improving major intersections to accommodate new, bigger platforms and new left-turn lanes for traffic, acquiring property as required, replacing and upgrading traffic signals, undertaking improvements to the condition of St. Clair Avenue, improving the appearance of local landmarks and streetscapes, and other related City-building initiatives, all of which are enumerated in this report;

• the currently-projects final costs (EFC) for these aspects of the project, which are those contained in the original environmental assessment report, remain at $65 million;

• there are additional costs which are being incurred as a result of the judicial review of the project imposed by Save Our St. Clair (SOS).  These additional costs, which are entirely attributable to the disruption to the project caused by the judicial review, were not originally foreseen or budgeted for, and include legal costs, construction contract penalties resulting from the court order to stop work, delay-related inflation, the cost of mitigating construction disruption at Yonge/St. Clair, and the additional costs of replacing streetcars with buses for a longer-than-planned period of time.  These externally-driven costs, estimated at $2.7 million (mostly delay-related inflation) are over the above the originally-budgeted EFC for the project;

• the St. Clair Streetcar Project budget never included money for the project’s planned new off-street parking facilities because the Toronto Parking Authority, which would build these new lots, is a self-financing agency of the City of Toronto which funds it capital program independently using revenues from its parking lot operations;

• the full cost of the St. Clair Streetcar Project is now included in the TTC’s capital program as a result of the budget approach recommended by the Budget Advisory Committee, at its meeting of November 17, 2005, to transfer the City’s original $20 million share of the project costs to the TTC in order to allow for single-agency cost accounting;

• there are four additional discretionary features which were not included in the original environmental assessment recommendations nor in the original budget, but which would contribute significantly to creating an attractive pedestrian, retailing, and urban environment which, in turn, would contribute to Toronto’s “Beautiful City” campaign.  These are:

- re-paving the entire surface of St. Clair Avenue West, from Yonge Street to Gunn’s Road, in order to create an improved travel corridor and enhanced appearance (approximate additional cost = $5 million);

- re-constructing all of the sidewalks over this same section of St. Clair Avenue to create a unified urban design and improved appearance of the pedestrian and open spaces (approximate additional cost = $3 million);

- re-locating all hydro wires over this section of St. Clair Avenue underground in order to reduce visual clutter on the street (approximate additional cost = $15 million);

- replacing all regular street lighting and poles (a portion of which is substandard) with new, improved decorative lighting (approximate additional cost = $7 million);

Incorporation of any of these discretionary features would require the approval of additional funding for this project, which would be over and above the original EFC and current budget for the project; and,

2. Forward this report to the City of Toronto Budget Advisory Committee and Policy and Finance Committee.

Approved
          
8. 2006 Wheel-Trans Operating Budget

Commissioner Mihevc Moved That Final Approval Of The 2006 Wheel-Trans Budget Be Deferred And That Staff Report Back With Options Related To Possible Savings In Expenditures; And That This Report Be Forwarded To The City’s Budget Advisory Committee For Further Review.

The Motion By Commissioner Mihevc Carried.
 
9. Chief General Manager’s Report  Period 9 – August 28 – October 1, 2005

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 August 28 to October 1, 2005; 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).

Approved

Procurement Matters

10. Procurement Authorization Fall Prevention Design Services –Miscellaneous Locations Contract G85-175

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award of Contract G85-175 to Hatch Mott MacDonald (Hatch) in the upset limit amount of $600,000.00 for Fall Prevention Design Services – Miscellaneous Locations for a five year period.

Approved

11. Increase of Authorization Construction Management Services Triennial Contract Contract G85-154

It is recommended that the Commission authorize an increase of $240,000 for Construction Management services to two consultant firms previously awarded contracts as indicated below:

a) To increase Contract G85-154 for Stantec+UMA Joint Venture by $180,000 bringing the total authorization from $2,500,000 to $2,680,000.

b) To increase Contract G85-154B for SNC-Lavalin Engineers & Constructors by $60,000 bringing the total authorization from $500,000 to $560,000.                    

Approved

12. Procurement Authorization – Supply of Safety Footwear

It is recommended that the Commission approve the issuance of purchase orders for the Supply of Safety Footwear for the period January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2008 to the following five companies in the upset limit amounts indicated:

Mark’s Work Wearhouse /$1,200,000

Mister Safety Shoes / $370,000

ISECO / $ 270,000

Gordon Contract / $60,000

Collins Safety / $ 60,000

Total / $1,960,000

Approved

13. Procurement Authorization – Purchase Order Amendment for the Direct Supply of Electronic Components

It is recommended that the Commission approve the issuance of a Purchase Order Amendment in the amount of $350,000 to Electro Sonic, increasing the total contract upset limit amount to $2,145,000 for the direct supply of electronic components and extend the expiry date of the contract period from November 30, 2005 to May 31, 2006.

Approved

14. Procurement Authorization – Supply of Syenite Rail Sand

It is recommended that the Commission approve the issuance of a purchase order to Rock Products Ltd. for the supply of syenite rail sand on an as required basis for the period of January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2006 in the total upset limit amount of $225,000.
            
Approved

15. Procurement Authorization – Supply of Diesel Fuel

It is recommended that the Commission approve:

1. Awarding a contract to Suncor Energy Products Inc. (Suncor) for the supply and delivery of No. 1 Low Sulphur and Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel Fuel in the upset limit of $108,000,000 for the period April 1, 2006 to December 31, 2007; and

2. Authorizing the TTC Purchasing Sub-Committee to “lock-in” a fixed price for the purchase of No. 1 Diesel Fuel from Suncor and report back to the Commission once a fixed price has been established.

Approved

16. Procurement Authorization Contract Amendment C02PC03820 #4 – Reserved Transit
Lanes on St. Clair Avenue – Environmental Assessment Study

It is recommended that the Commission authorize unbudgeted expenditures to issue purchase order amendment #4 to Marshall Macklin Monaghan in the amount of $124,745.23, to cover the cost of the much-expanded work required to complete the Reserved Transit Lanes on St. Clair Avenue – Environmental Assessment project, bringing the total upset limit from $650,000.00 to $774,745.23.

Approved

17. Purchase Order Amendment Authorization  - Technical Assistance for MMS and VMS

It is recommended that the Commission approve the issuance of a purchase order amendment to QLogitek International to increase the contract by $1,225,000 to a total upset limit of $3,400,000 and extend the contract for an additional three years from December 1, 2005 to November 30, 2008, for the supply of technical assistance for the Materials Management System (MMS) and the Vehicle Maintenance System (VMS).

Approved
 
18. Sale and Removal of Various Mixed Metals for a One Year Period Commencing December 1, 2005 to November 30, 2006

It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award of a one year contract for the period of December 1, 2005 to November 30, 2006 for the sale of various scrap metals to the following two companies:

RAM Iron & Metal for Groups 1
ACS Iron and Metal for Groups 2, 3 & 4

Approved

19. Extension for Accessible Distance-Based Taxi Service Contracts: Wheel-Trans Operations

Chair Moscoe Moved That Recommendation No. 3 Contained In The Report Be Amended By Striking Out “April” And Replacing In Lieu Thereof “May”, So That Such Recommendation Reads As Follows:

“3. Staff Report Back To The Commission By May 30, 2006 On The Recommended Approach For Improving The Overall Quality Of Service To Wheel-Trans Customers Provided By Small Capacity Accessible Vehicles.”

The Motion By Chair Moscoe Carried.

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

“1. A Six (6) Month Extension To The Six Accessible Distance-Based Taxi Service Contracts From January 1, 2006 To June 30, 2006;

2. An Increase Of $7,300,000 To The Overall Contract Upset Limit For Accessible Distance-Based Taxi Service From $53,464,800 To $60,764,800 And The Allocation Of Authorized Funds To The Existing Contractors For Services Rendered As Follows:

Able Atlantic: $1,100,000 Increase From $8,470,800 TO $9,570,800

Beeline Taxi: $900,000 Increase From $5,317,400 TO $6,217,400

Celebrity Taxi: $1,600,000 Increase From $12,725,200 TO $14,325,200

Royal Taxi: $1,600,000 Increase From $11,513,100 TO $13,113,100

Scarborough City Cab: $1,000,000 Increase From $7,012,200 TO $8,012,200

Toronto Para Transit: $1,100,000 Increase From $8,426,100 TO $9,526,100”

The Commission Approved The Report, As Amended.

Chair Moscoe Moved The Following Motions:

1. That Commissioner Giambrone Replace Councillor Balkissoon On The Working Group Reviewing Alternatives To The Sedan Based Taxi Contracts; And

2. That The Working Group Establish A Schedule That Will See This Matter Addressed In A Timely Fashion.

The Motions By Chair Moscoe Carried.

20. Extension for Meter-Based Sedan Taxi Contracts: Wheel-Trans Operations

Chair Moscoe Moved That Recommendation No. 4 Contained In The Report Be Amended By Striking Out “April” And Replacing In Lieu Thereof “May”, So That Such Recommendation Reads As Follows:

“4. Staff Reporting Back To The Commission By May 30, 2006 On The Recommended Approach For Improving The Overall Quality Of Service To Wheel-Trans Customers Provided By Non-Accessible Vehicles.”

The Motion By Chair Moscoe Carried.

The Commission Approved Recommendation Nos. 1, 2 And 3 Contained In The Report, As Listed Below:

“1. A Six (6) Month Service Extension To The Existing Meter Based Sedan Taxi Contracts From January 1, 2006 To June 30, 2006;

2. An Increase Of $2,200,000 To The Overall Contract Upset Limit For Meter Based Sedan Taxi Contracts From $21,894,200 To $24,094,200;

3. THE ALLOCATION OF THESE ADDITIONAL FUNDS TO THE CURRENT METER BASED SEDAN TAXI CONTRACTORS FOR SERVICES RENDERED TO JUNE 30, 2006, AS FOLLOWS:

Arrow Cab Limited: $800,000 Increase From $6,881,700 To $7,681,700

Beck Taxi Limited: $800,000 Increase From $9,728,500 To $10,528,500

East End Taxi: $600,000 Increase From $5,284,000 To $5,884,000”

The Commission Approved The Report, As Amended.

21. Summary of Authorized Expenditures between $100,000 to $200,000 for the Period September 1, 2005 to September 30, 2005

It is recommended that the Commission receive this report for information. It lists expenditures ($100,000 up to $200,000) for the period September 1, 2005 to September 30, 2005, which were approved by Senior Management.

Received

Other Business

22. TTC Corporate Policy Review Policy 13.8.3 Corporate Travel

The Commission Deferred Consideration Of This Matter Until Its Next Meeting.

23. Declare Surplus a Portion of Yonge-Eglinton Bus Garage

It is recommended that the Commission:

1. In accordance with TTC By-Law #2, declare surplus to TTC’s operational requirements a portion of the Eglinton garage property (as shown in Exhibit 2) generally consisting of an area of approximately 4,000 square metres west of the garage;

2. Recognize that in declaring the property surplus, the intended method of sale is to negotiate a possible land exchange with adjacent property owners and/or TTC tenants in order to facilitate consolidated block development, and the long term road and parks concept envisioned in draft Urban Design Guidelines developed by City Planning staff in consultation with the local community;

3. Request staff to submit a further report on the exact property to be exchanged between the parties (if any) upon the conclusion of the negotiations; and

4. Request staff to consult the local Councillor and the community on the land to be exchanged with adjacent property owners/tenants following the conclusion of the negotiations and prior to consideration of the proposed land exchange by the Commission.

Approved

24. Bus Only Lanes, Downsview Station to York University – Status Report

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

Received

25. 1998, 2001 & 2004 APTA Rail Safety Audits - Updates

It is recommended that the Commission:

1. Receive for information, the ninth update of the TTC management Actions for the 1998 APTA Rail Safety Audit, the seventh update of the TTC management Actions for the 2001 APTA Rail Safety Audit and the first update of the TTC management Actions for the 2004 APTA Rail Safety Audit; and

2. Forward this update to the Minister of Transportation, Province of Ontario and the Clerk of the City of Toronto for information.

Approved

26. Accessible Transit Services Plan – September 2005 Status Report

It is recommended that the Commission:

1. Receive this report for information noting that:

• the attached report describes the status of the TTC’s current activities to improve the accessibility of TTC facilities and services;

• the report fulfils provincially-legislated requirements for an annual documentation of the TTC’s accessibility plans and major initiatives;

• the Accessible Transit Services Plan – Year-End 2003 Status Report, (copies available from General Secretary’s Office) which was received by the Commission at its meeting of February 25, 2004, provided a detailed description of the TTC’s long-term plan for improving the accessibility of the TTC’s facilities and services;

• the first annual update on the TTC’s accessibility plan, entitled, the Accessible Transit Services Plan – September 2004 Status Report, was received by the Commission on October 20, 2004;

• the new Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) set a goal of having services and facilities accessible for 2025.  The TTC’s current plans, as outlined in the Accessible Transit Services Plan – September 2005 Status Report will meet or exceed this goal; and

• all the TTC’s accessible transit service plans are available on the TTC’s web site so the public can see the progress being made each year towards the TTC’s accessibility goals.

2. Forward this report to the City of Toronto, the Ontario Ministries of Community and Social Services, Transportation, and Public Infrastructure Renewal, and the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Approved

Chair Moscoe Moved The Following Motions:

1. That TTC Staff Table A Plan To Expand The Community Bus Network By Adding At Least One Additional Route In Each Of The Next Three Years.

2. That TTC Staff Examine All Automated Turnstiles With A View To Developing A Plan For Making Them Accessible To Seniors And/Or Wheelchair Users.

3. That TTC Staff Develop A Reliability Index For Each Escalator And Publish An Annual Report That Shows Clearly Where Problematic Escalators Exist And A Plan For Their Specific Rehabilitation.

4. In Light Of The Cancellation Of The Museum Station Condominium, That TTC Staff Meet With Museum Officials To Explore Alternatives For A Possible Direct Connection To The Museum From The Museum Station.

The Motions By Chair Moscoe Carried.

27. Weekly Pass Distribution Network
 
The Commission Deferred Consideration Of This Matter Until The Next Meeting.

28. Staff Response to Commission Inquiry

a) Design of New Subway Cars

The Commission had before it a memorandum dated November 28, 2005 from R. Ducharme, Chief General Manager entitled, “Staff Response to Commission Inquiry – Design of New Subway Cars.”

The Commission Received The Memorandum For Information.

Chair Moscoe Moved That Staff Be Requested To Add A Further Component To The Plan That Would Provide A Consultation Process With TTC Employees.

The Motion By Chair Moscoe Carried.

b) Bus Operation on Pine Street

The Commission had before it a memorandum dated November 28, 2005 from R. Ducharme, Chief General Manager entitled, “Staff Response to Commission Inquiry – Bus Operation on Pine Street.”

The Commission Received The Memorandum For Information.

Chair Moscoe Moved The Following Motions:

1. That Staff Initiate Discussions With The City Of Toronto Regarding The Widening Of Pine Street To Create An Extra Lane Northbound For A Bus Lay-By.

2. That Staff Continue To Monitor The Situation, Remind Operators To Take Layovers At The Stop, And Implement Service Adjustments With A View To Minimizing Disruption.

The Motions By Chair Moscoe Carried.

29. Correspondence

C-1  Laura Wilfred dated November 17, 2005 suggesting that the Commission amend its policy to include pregnant women as it relates to designated seating on transit vehicles.

Chair Moscoe Moved That The Commission Refer Ms. Wilfred’s Communication To Staff For Report Back At A Future Meeting.

The Motion By Chair Mosoce Carried.

C-2  Dr. William Castor, Chair Advisory Committee on Accessible Transportation (ACAT) dated November 23, 2005 advising that ACAT supports the TTC staff recommendations embodied in Report No. 19 “Extension for Accessible Distance-Based Taxi Service Contracts”  and Report No. 20 “Extension for Meter-Based Taxi Contracts”, which will be considered by the Commission at its meeting on the November 28, 2005.

The Commission Received The Communication For Information.

(Also See Report Nos. 19 & 20 For Minute)

C-3  S. Mecklinger Consultants Ltd., dated November 24, 2005 expressing concern with the proposed routing of the future Spadina Subway Extension.

The Commission Received The Communication For Information.

(Also See Report NO. 5 For Minute)

30. New Business

a) Pandemic Influenza – Contingency Planning

J. O’Grady, Chief Safety Officer, Safety Department gave a PowerPoint presentation with respect to this matter.

The Commission Received The Presentation For Information.
 
The meeting adjourned at 6:50 p.m.