TTC operator presented with an Award of Merit

TTC Chair Karen Stintz presented an Award of Merit to TTC Operator Ben Derksen. Last January, Derksen was operating his bus on Eglinton Avenue and saw a car parked in the curb lane. He noticed an unconscious man slumped over the open door of the vehicle, and there was a small child in the back seat. He immediately notified Transit Control, performed CPR and flagged down a passing ambulance, which rushed the man to hospital.

Commission amends Post-Secondary Student Metropass eligibility

Commissioners approved amending the eligibility criteria for the Post-Secondary Student Metropass to be full-time post-secondary students only, with no age restriction, who are enrolled in degree or diploma programs at a university, college or private-career college, which is registered under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.

The new criteria will be effective with the sale of the September 2011 Metropass, and will no longer include post-secondary part-time students. Part-time students are still able to purchase discounted Metropasses through the TTC Volume Incentive Pass (VIP) and Metropass Discount Plan (MDP) programs.

TTC approves multi-year contract for diesel fuel supply

Commissioners approved issuing a purchase order to Suncor Energy Products Partnership for the supply and delivery of No. 1 Ultra-Low Sulphur diesel fuel for the five-year period from April 1, 2011 to December 31, 2015. The contract is worth a total upset limit of $513 million and will ensure an uninterrupted supply of fuel for the TTC bus fleet. The estimated volume of diesel fuel required for 2011 is 88.1 million litres.

Commission to advocate for stronger protection for transit operators under the Criminal Code of Canada

Commissioners received for information a letter from the Chair of the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) to its Board of Directors dealing with a life-threatening assault on an Edmonton Transit System Operator, which occurred last December, and the requirement for more stringent sentencing in the courts.

Commissioners voted to write to the Federal Minister of Justice indicating the Commission’s support of the Edmonton Amalgamated Transit Union’s efforts with Justice Canada to recognize the vulnerability of transit Operators and the dangers they face while performing their duties, and to amend the Criminal Code of Canada to better protect transit Operators.