November 23, 2011
Board Meeting Highlights
Electronic Fare Collection At The TTC
Commissioners approved a framework and general principles for implementing the Metrolinx PRESTO fare collection system at the TTC. Based on this approved framework, the TTC and Metrolinx will continue to negotiate over the coming months to develop an operating contract for a 10-year period that will support the TTC’s business requirements. The Commission further directed TTC staff to report back to the board with the details of these negotiations prior to the execution of the agreement.
Commissioners also stipulated that, upon full implementation of Presto Next Generation (with open payments functionality), TTC operating costs for fare collection is to be lower than the level currently experienced.
Commissioners also moved a motion directing the TTC Chief General Manager to write to Metrolinx encouraging them to partner with ACS Transport Solutions Inc. in order that a transition to open payments is achieved through PRESTO in a manner that is effective and seamless for TTC customers, as well as transit users in the rest of the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton and Ottawa.
Metrolinx is planning to have the PRESTO system substantially implemented at the TTC in advance of the Toronto Pan/Parapan American Games in the summer of 2015.
Final Report On TTC's Service Efficiency
Commissioners approved a final report on the City Service Efficiency Reviews conducted at the TTC. The final report will be forwarded to the City Manager for submission to the City Budget Committee. The consultant’s findings have verified the savings already built into the 2012 TTC Budgets, and have offered suggestions for possible future savings, which will require further study and verification.
The City of Toronto launches its 2012 Budget process on November 28. The TTC Service Efficiency Study is scheduled to be before the City's Budget Committee during the week of December 5.
Commission Meeting Schedule For 2012
Commissioners approved the 2012 schedule of board meetings at Toronto City Hall as follows (held at 1 p.m. unless otherwise indicated): Tuesday, January 31, Wednesday, February 29, Friday, March 30, Friday, April 27, Wednesday, May 30, Friday, June 29, Tuesday, July 31, Thursday, September 27, Wednesday, October 24, Wednesday, November 21 and Wednesday, December 19.