January 31, 2012
Board Meeting Highlights
2012 TTC Town Hall dates announced
TTC staff announced the dates of the next four TTC Town Halls on Customer Service. They are: Thursday, March 22 (North York), Saturday, June 9 (Scarborough), Saturday, September 15 (Etobicoke) and Thursday, November 15 (Central Toronto). The TTC’s first Town Hall meeting was held at City Hall last November. It was attended by about 250 people and was carried live on Rogers Cable 10. TTC staff has responded to 1,000 Twitter interactions and 60 comment cards.
Additional City Subsidy dedicated to Wheel-Trans service
Commissioners voted to restore Wheel-Trans service for dialysis trips by ambulatory customers through 2012 using the $5-million increase to the TTC Operating Budget approved by City Council on January 17. The additional funding to prevent service reductions will also enable Wheel-Trans to re-instate its customer unaccommodated rate to two per cent from four per cent, and take on new ambulatory dialysis patients this year. Last December, Commissioners approved the 2012 TTC and Wheel-Trans Budgets and voted to continue paratransit service for ambulatory dialysis patients until the end of June.
Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown update
Commissioners considered a staff report related to the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown project, and directed the TTC Chief General Manager to further report to the board at its February meeting on the Crosstown project delivery, project governance and the role of the TTC in design, construction, maintenance and operations of the line only.
Construction contract awarded for Ashbridges Bay M&SF
Commissioners unanimously approved the award of a contract worth $237.3 million to Pomerleau Inc. for the construction of the Ashbridges Bay Maintenance and Storage Facility. The new carhouse at the southeast corner of Leslie Street and Lake Shore Boulevard East is required to provide daily and preventative maintenance services for the entire fleet of up to 204 new low-floor light rail vehicles and storage for 100 of those vehicles, which were ordered for the legacy streetcar network. The new carhouse and connecting track to Queen Street are scheduled for completion in 2014.