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Toronto Transit Commission Board

Meeting No.: 2045
Meeting Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020

A meeting of the TTC Board was held by video conference on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 commencing at 10:05 a.m. The meeting recessed at 1:26 p.m. and reconvened at 2:04 p.m. The meeting recessed at 2:55 p.m. to meet as the Committee of the Whole. The Board re-convened the public session at 3:08 p.m.

Present at Committee of the Whole

J. De Laurentiis (Vice-Chair), B. Bradford, S. Carroll, R. Lalonde, J. McKelvie, D. Minnan-Wong, J. Osborne (Commissioners), R. Leary, G. Downie, B. Hasserjian, J. La Vita, B. Leck, M. MacRae, F. Monaco, G. Piemontese, N. Poole-Moffatt, J. Ross, J. Taylor, K. Watson, R. Wong, M. Atlas, D. Brown, A. Cassar, A. Farnsworth, C. Finnerty, S. Haskill, J. Ishak, M. Piemontese.

R. Wood (Resolve Collaboration) was present.

J. De Laurentiis was in the Chair.

Present at Public Session

J. De Laurentiis (Vice-Chair), B. Bradford, S. Carroll, A. Heisey, Q.C., R. Lalonde, J. McKelvie, D. Minnan-Wong, J. Osborne (Commissioners), R. Leary (Chief Executive Officer), G. Downie (Chief Capital Officer), B. Hasserjian (Chief Safety Officer - Acting), J. La Vita (Interim Chief Financial Officer), B. Leck (General Counsel), M. MacRae (Executive Director – Business Transformation), F. Monaco (Chief of Infrastructure and Engineering), G. Piemontese (Chief People Officer), N. Poole-Moffatt (Chief of Corporate Affairs), J. Ross (Chief Operating Officer), J. Taylor (Chief of Staff), K. Watson (Deputy CEO – Operations), R. Wong (Chief Vehicle Officer), M. Atlas (Associate General Counsel), D. Brown (Head – Marketing and Customer Experience), A. Cassar (Director – Budgets, Costing and Financial Reporting), D. Geddes (Head – Wheel-Trans), M. Hagg (Senior Planner, System Access), S. Haskill (Head, Project Development and Planning), D. Marshall (Category Manager), M. Mis (Head – Service Planning and Schedules), M. Piemontese (Director – Project Procurement), R. Rosati (Senior Project Manager), C. Sharpe (Manager, Planning and Policy), S. Simard (Senior Planner, Systems and Policy),

K. Thorburn (Head of Strategic Initiatives), C. Finnerty (Director – Commission Services), A. Farnsworth (Co-ordinator – Secretariat Services) and J. Ishak (Administrator – Secretariat Services).

Barbara Gray and James Perttula (Transportation Services, City of Toronto) were present for Item 5.

J. De Laurentiis was in the Chair.

Land Acknowledgement Commissioner De Laurentiis acknowledged that the TTC Board was meeting on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Commissioner De Laurentiis also acknowledged that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit.

Declaration of Interest - Municipal Conflict of Interest Act

Nil

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

Commissioner Lalonde moved that the Board approve the minutes of meeting 2044, held on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

The motion by Commissioner Lalonde carried.

Business Arising Out of the Minutes

Nil

Order Paper

Commissioner Carroll moved that the Board adopt the Order Paper and Agenda Items 8, 9, 11 and 12 as items not held by members.

The motion by Commissioner Carroll carried.

Public Presentations

Vice-Chair De Laurentiis moved that the Board grant a late request for a deputation to Michael Longfield (Item 5).

The motion by Vice-Chair De Laurentiis carried on a two-thirds vote of the members present.

Item No. 4: Wheel-Trans Transformation Program 2020 Update
Adam Cohoon
The Board received the deputation for information (see Item 4 for minute).

Item No. 5: Bus Lane Implementation Plan
Tonjha Richardson
Priyan De Silva
William Pham
Emma Swarney
Austin Jafri
Anna Kim
Suad Abdillahi
Butterfly GoPaul
Eli Aaron
Gulsvert Dela Cruz
Fraser Zenwirt
Lou Israel
Felicia Samuel
Alura Moores
Rodney Chan
Michael Longfield
The Board received the deputations for information (see Item 5 for minute).

Item No. 6: 2020 Accessibility Plan Status Update
Adam Cohoon
The Board received the deputation for information (see Item 6 for minute).

Item No. 7: Easier Access Phase III Project Status Report
Adam Cohoon
The Board received the deputation for information (see Item 7 for minute).

Item No. 13: Notice of Motion – Providing Free Wi-Fi Access to TTC’s Surface (Bus & Streetcar) Routes
Priyan De Silva
The Board received the deputation for information (see Item 13 for minute).

Presentations/Reports/Other Business

1. Chief Executive Officer’s Report – July 2020 Update

Vice-Chair De Laurentiis moved receipt of the Chief Executive Officer’s Report – July 2020 Update for information.

The motion by Vice-Chair De Laurentiis carried.

Received

2. Approved Minutes of the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT) General Monthly Meeting for February 27, 2020

ACAT Chair Mazin Aribi introduced this item.

Vice-Chair De Laurentiis moved receipt of the approved minutes from the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT) General Monthly Meeting of February 27, 2020 for information.

The motion by Vice-Chair De Laurentiis carried.

Received

3. Amendment to TTC’s Advertising Contract

Vice-Chair De Laurentiis moved that the Board recess as the Committee of the Whole to consider information related to a position, plan, procedure, criteria or instruction to be applied to any negotiations to be carried out by the TTC.

The motion by Vice-Chair De Laurentiis carried.

The Board recessed as Committee of the Whole at 2:55 p.m. and reconvened the Public Session at 3:06 p.m.

Vice-Chair De Laurentiis moved adoption of the staff recommendations, as follows:

It is recommended that the TTC Board:

  1. Approve the recommendations as set out in Confidential Attachment – Pattison Contract Negotiations; and
  2. Authorize the release of the information within the Confidential Attachment subsequent to issuance of a Contract Amendment(s).

The motion by Vice-Chair De Laurentiis carried.

Approved

4. Wheel-Trans Transformation Program 2020 Update

A staff presentation on this item was delivered by D. Geddes.

Vice-Chair De Laurentiis moved adoption of the staff recommendation, as follows:

It is recommended that:

  1. The Board receive this report and forward to City Councillors for information.

The motion by Vice-Chair De Laurentiis carried.

Approved

5. Bus Lane Implementation Plan

A staff presentation on this item was delivered by S. Simard.

Commissioner McKelvie moved the following motion:

  1. That the Toronto Transit Commission request that the City of Toronto work with local Scarborough agencies to identify and employ local youth from the Neighbourhood Improvement Areas to paint the required lines for the Bus Lane Implementation Plan along the Eglinton East corridor.
  2. That the TTC Board request the City of Toronto Office of Recovery and Restart to advocate for provincial and federal funding to accelerate implementation of the Bus Lane Implementation Plan, in conjunction with the work being done by TTC for emergency relief funding with the federal and provincial governments.

C. Finnerty conducted a recorded vote on the motion by Commissioner McKelvie.

In favour: Vice-Chair De Laurentiis, Commissioners Bradford, Carroll, Heisey, Lalonde, McKelvie, Minnan-Wong, Osborne.

The motion by Commissioner McKelvie carried on a unanimous vote.

Commissioner Bradford moved the following motion:

That the TTC Board:

  1. Request the Chief Executive Officer to report back on the operating cost impacts of service reliability delays by route for all five bus priority corridors for the Board's September 24, 2020 meeting.
  2. Request the Chief Executive Officer to work in partnership with the General Manager, Transportation Services, City of Toronto to accelerate transit priority measures on all five bus priority corridors and integrate this direction into the Surface Transit Network Implementation Study (STNIS).
  3. Request the Chief Executive Officer to continue acceleration of transit priority measures on the four remaining transit priority corridors (Jane, Steeles West, Finch East and Dufferin) and target installation for Priority B and Priority C corridors in 2021 with a report back on status in Q4-2020.

C. Finnerty conducted a recorded vote on the motion by Commissioner Bradford.

In favour: Vice-Chair De Laurentiis, Commissioners Bradford, Carroll, Heisey, Lalonde, McKelvie, Minnan-Wong, Osborne.

The motion by Commissioner Bradford carried on a unanimous vote.

Commissioner Carroll moved the following motion:

That the Sheppard Avenue East study for bus enhancements, including the possibility of dedicated lanes between the Sheppard Subway and Agincourt GO Station (requested by the Board in its February 2020 meeting), be brought into alignment with the projects referred to as Priority C and reported back at the same time.

C. Finnerty conducted a recorded vote on the motion by Commissioner Carroll.

In favour: Vice-Chair De Laurentiis, Commissioners Bradford, Carroll, Heisey, Lalonde, McKelvie, Osborne.

Opposed: Commissioner Minnan-Wong

The motion by Commissioner Carroll carried on a vote of 7 to 1.

The staff recommendations were considered as follows:

  1. Approve the recommended prioritization of the five priority bus corridors
    1. Priority A: Eglinton East
    2. Priority B: Jane Street
    3. Priority C: Dufferin Street, Finch East and Steeles Avenue West
  2. Approve the creation of a new capital project entitled Bus Lane Implementation at a cost of $7.628 million with funding to be reallocated from the following capital projects:
    1. $6.98 million from the TTC’s 2020 Capital Budget Subway Asbestos Removal Program (IO 6068);
    2. $400,000 from the Construct BRT Lines on the Avenues – EA capital project
      (IO 6362); and
    3. $250,000 from the Opportunity to Improve Transit Services capital project. (IO6713)
  3. Direct staff to report back in December 2020 on results of community consultations, a detailed design, implementation plan and capital costs for Jane Street.
  4. Direct staff to forward this report to the City of Toronto and specifically, the City Clerk, the General Manager of Transportation Services Division and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning Division.

C. Finnerty conducted a recorded vote to adopt the item, as amended.

In favour: Vice-Chair De Laurentiis, Commissioners Bradford, Carroll, Heisey, Lalonde, McKelvie, Minnan-Wong, Osborne.

The item, as amended, carried on a unanimous vote.

Approved

301 emails forming a petition were received from members of the public.

Correspondence submitted by: Councillor Paul W. Ainslie (City of Toronto), Patricia Sinclair, Roman Mychajlowycz, William Dos Santos, Moy Wong-Tam (Centre for Immigrant and Community Services), Kathy Rowe (Centennial Community Recreation Association), Namby Vitihiananthan (Henry Farm Community Interest Association), Austin Jafri, Louise O'Neil, Marilyn Renzetti, Bee Lee Soh (Social Assistance Coalition of Scarborough), Jennifer Robinson (42 Voices), Sherri Somerville, Larry Whatmore (Scarborough Community Renewal Organization), Lee Soda (Agincourt Community Services Association), Stephen Job, Michael Longfield (Cycle Toronto).

6. 2020 Accessibility Plan Status Update

Vice-Chair De Laurentiis moved adoption of the staff recommendation, as follows:

It is recommended that the Board:

  1. Receive this report for information noting that the report fulfills provincially-legislated Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR) requirements to prepare an annual status report on the progress of measures taken to implement the TTC’s Multi-Year Accessibility Plan, and steps taken to comply with the IASR.

The motion by Vice-Chair De Laurentiis carried.

Approved

Correspondence submitted by: Adam Cohoon.

7. Easier Access Phase III Project Status Report

Vice-Chair De Laurentiis moved adoption of the staff recommendation, as follows:

It is recommended that the TTC Board:

  1. Receive the current EA III Program schedule noting the acceleration efforts presently underway, and that staff will continue to seek opportunities for schedule improvement.

The motion by Vice-Chair De Laurentiis carried.

Approved

8. Making Donlands Station Accessible and Second Exit/Entrance

It is recommended that the Board authorize:

  1. Award of Contract D6-3, Donlands Station - Second Exit/Entrance and Easier Access to Maystar General Contractors Inc. in the amount of $45,663,300.00, inclusive of all taxes, on the basis of lowest priced acceptable bid.

Approved

9. Making College Station Accessible and Second Exit/Entrance

It is recommended that the Board authorize:

  1. Award of Contract S2-17, College Station - Second Exit/Entrance and Easier Access to Maystar General Contractors Inc. in the amount of $46,669,000.00, inclusive of all taxes, on the basis of lowest priced acceptable bid.

Approved

10. Financial Update for the Period Ended May 30, 2020 and Major Projects Update

Vice-Chair de Laurentiis moved receipt of the Financial Update for the Period Ended May 30, 2020 and Major Projects Update for information.

The motion by Vice-Chair De Laurentiis carried.

Vice-Chair De Laurentiis moved that Item 10 be reopened for further member discussion.

The motion by Vice-Chair De Laurentiis carried.

Vice-Chair de Laurentiis moved receipt of the Financial Update for the Period Ended May 30, 2020 and Major Projects Update for information.

The motion by Vice-Chair De Laurentiis carried.

Received

11. TTC Pension Fund Society 2019 Annual Report

The TTC Board received the TTC Pension Fund Society 2019 Annual Report for information.

Received

12. TTC Pension Fund Society Bylaw Amendments

It is recommended that:

  1. The TTC Board approve the necessary changes to the PFS Bylaws, appended to this report as Attachment 1

Approved

13. Providing Free Wi-Fi Access to TTC's Surface (Bus & Streetcar) Routes

Vice-Chair De Laurentiis moved adoption of the Notice of Motion recommendations, as follows:

  1. Request that TTC staff report back to the Board in November with a plan to implement a free Wi-Fi pilot program to the surface network of busses and streetcars servicing all 31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas and Higher Education Institutions, with an option to expand to all surface routes, if the pilot program proves successful.
  2. That the TTC Board request the City of Toronto Office of Recovery and Restart advocate for provincial and federal funding for accessible and affordable Wi-Fi to create resilient communities.

The motion by Vice-Chair De Laurentiis carried.

Approved

The meeting adjourned at 3:21 p.m.