February 17, 2017
This week, City Council approved the TTC’s 2017 Operating and Capital Budgets after the toughest budget round in my time as CEO.
Against a requirement for all City departments and agencies to find savings, the TTC ended up with
an $80-million increase in the subsidy that it receives from City Council – and with funding secured for a raft of vital capital upgrade projects.
It is important to note that the TTC played its part in finding efficiencies by looking at every aspect of our operations. In achieving savings of about $100 million, we successfully met my objectives of protecting existing service and the improvements that we have delivered over the past five years, while keeping the need for a fare increase to an absolute minimum.
Longer term, we will deliver even greater efficiencies as the effects of in-play technology upgrades and changes to work practices take effect. But in the meantime, and even with this welcome increase in subsidy, the TTC remains by far the least subsidized major transit system in North America, meaning that we must continue to find further efficiencies in how we deliver service.
The capital program enables us to continue our modernization of the TTC with money identified for new buses, system expansion and critical state-of-good-repair projects. This includes completion of the PRESTO rollout, opening the Line 1 subway extension, and continuing our path towards making the TTC fully accessible by 2025.
With 300 new buses, 40 more new, low-floor streetcars and a raft of other improvements on the horizon, 2017 will be a year of further transformation for you, our customers.
Next weekend, Feb. 25-26, Line 1 Yonge-University will be closed between St George and Downsview stations as the TTC continues work on the new Automatic Train Control (ATC) signal system. When installation is complete in 2019, ATC will result in a more modern and reliable signal system that will allow for a 25 per cent increase in the number of trains operating on Line 1.
Due to traffic impacts from numerous on-street construction activities, shuttle buses will operate between Downsview and Lawrence West stations only during this closure. Extra service is being added to east-west bus and streetcar routes that run between the University portion and Yonge portion of Line 1 and to the 7 Bathurst route. Please consider using these routes for your journey.
Customers travelling on Line 2 Bloor-Danforth who wish to travel northbound should transfer at Yonge-Bloor Station and take the Yonge portion north, or consider using a north-south bus route to get to their destination.
While the TTC does much of its subway maintenance work at the conclusion of service each night, it continues to require weekend closures to complete ATC and state-of-good-repair work, like replacing track and maintaining switches. One weekend of work during a closure is equivalent to about five weeks of nightly work.
Name: Kirpal Parhar
Position: Coordinator – Closures and Diversions
Years of service: 17
I have been with the TTC for over 17 years. I started out as a Bus Operator, then became a Subway Supervisor and am now a coordinator with Closures and Diversions. My job includes planning subway, streetcar and bus diversions when there are street events, construction or any other hindrance coming up on a regular route. I really enjoy integrating, communicating and executing these plans, keeping our customer as a prime focus. I think about the person that is waiting for the bus/streetcar/subway on a diverted route and to make sure they are able to continue their journey with proper information and accessibility issues addressed. It has been amazing to see the changes in the last five years with modernization of the TTC to better serve our customers and staff. The opportunity to work with great people around me has been a blessing. I’m proud to be part of the TTC which really makes Toronto proud.
Use the TTC Group Pass this long weekend!
Take advantage of the of the TTC’s Group Pass this Family Day weekend. For just $12.50, the pass provides unlimited travel for a group of up to six people, maximum two adults over 19. We’re extending our weekend Day Pass deal to include Mon., Feb. 20 to help you and your group get around
the city for a great price.
Passes are valid from the date shown on the pass until 5:30 a.m. the next day. You can buy a pass at any collector booth. Children 12 and under ride for free.
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