Click here to view a PDF version of this page PDF file

Meeting No. 1947
Friday, March 30, 2012
1:00 PM

Committee Room 4, 2nd Floor
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

A meeting of the Toronto Transit Commission was held in Committee Room 4, 2nd Floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario on Friday, March 30, 2012 commencing at 10:00 a.m.  The meeting recessed at 10:09 a.m. and re-convened at 1:10 p.m. in Committee Room 2.
K. Stintz (Chair), M. Augimeri, R. Cho, J. Colle, G. De Baeremaeker, P. Milczyn and J. Parker (Commissioners), A. Byford (Deputy Chief General Manager), V. Rodo (General Manager – Executive & General Secretary), D. Dixon (Acting Chief Operating Officer), S. Blakey (General Manager – Employee and Development), S. Ghaly (Chief Capital Officer – Engineering, Construction and Expansion), B. Leck (General Counsel - Legal), M. Stambler (Chief Planning Officer), B. Ross (Director – Corporate Communications), C. Upfold (Chief Customer Service Officer) and K. Lee (Assistant General Secretary) were present.

K. Stintz was in the Chair.

Declaration of Interest - Municipal Conflict of Interest

Nil

Minutes of the Previous Meetings

Commissioner Augimeri moved that the Commission approve the minutes from Meeting No. 1945 and Meeting No. 1946 and that the Chair and General Secretary be authorized to sign the same.

The motion by Commissioner Augimeri carried.

Business Arising Out of Minutes

Nil

Committee of the Whole Resolution

Chair Stintz moved that the Commission recess to meet as the Committee of the Whole to deal with litigation or potential litigation matters, labour relations, employee negotiations, and to receive advice which is subject to solicitor-client privilege.

The motion by Chair Stintz carried.

Reconvened

Meeting (Open to the Public) – 1:10 P.M.
Committee Room 2, 2nd Floor, City Hall

Prior to reconvening with the public portion of the agenda, Chair Stintz took the opportunity to formally introduce and welcome the following members of the Customer Liaison Panel who were in attendance: Mazin Aribi, Eric Augustin, Justin Kozuch, Niru Kumar, Wayne MacEachern, Kathleen McGinnis, Howard Muchnick and Adrian Ryans.  Chair Stintz also acknowledged the following members of the Customer Liaison Panel who were unable to attend:  Peter Ashton, Luis Calhau, Eric Martin, Steve O’Brien and Linda Wild.  Chair Stintz extended her appreciation on behalf of the Commission to all the members of the panel for their dedication and commitment to helping the TTC meets its customer service objectives.

Following introduction of the Customer Liaison Panel, Chair Stintz then read a number of communications submitted by TTC customers detailing experiences they have had on the TTC whereby operators and maintenance personnel performed to exceptional standards, sometimes during difficult circumstances.  Another customer submitted correspondence indicating support for the improved passenger movement program at Yonge – Bloor Station during the morning rush hour period.  The Commission thanked the subject TTC employees for a job well done.

Public Presentations

a) Efficiency Plan for the 504 King Streetcar Route during Weekend Evenings

Alan Yule
(Submitted brief)

The Commission received the deputation for information and referred the matter to staff to report back on the feasibility of the proposed one-month trial.

b) C3 – Request for 3rd Party Review of the St. Clair Transit Improvement Project

Councillor Joe Mihevc
City of Toronto

The Commission received the deputation for information.
(See Item No. 10 – C3 for minute)

c) Opportunities for Improved Bus Service on Finch Avenue – Follow-Up Report

Councillor Anthony Perruzza
City of Toronto

Councillor Vincent Crisanti
City of Toronto

The Commission received the deputations for information.
(See Item No. 14 for minute).

Notice of Motions

Nil

Motions Without Notice

Nil

Items of Which Notice has Previously Been Given

Nil

Items Deferred From Last Meeting to Permit Debate/Public Presentation

Nil

  1. Reports with Confidential Attachments (Committee of the Whole)
  2. a) Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension – Contract A35-26 – Risk Management

     The Commission:

     1. Received a confidential verbal update regarding risk management related to contract a35-26;

     2. Noted that the information provided in the confidential verbal update is to remain confidential in its entirety, as it contains information that is subject to solicitor-client privilege.
     
     b) Coxwell (Easier Access Phase III)

     The Commission:

     1. Approved the recommendations as set out in the confidential attachment; and

     2. Authorized the release of the confidential information, as set out in the confidential attachment when the appropriate form of City of Toronto authorization for the transaction is submitted for approval.

  3. Presentations
  4.  Nil 
  5. Budget Matters
  6.  Nil 
  7. Procurement Authorizations
  8.  a) Summary of Authorized Expenditures between $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 for the Period January 1, 2012 to January 31, 2012

    It is recommended that the Commission: 

    1. Receive this report for information; and

    2. Discontinue the production of this report.
       
       Approved

  9. Procurement Authorization Amendments
  10.  Nil
  11. Notice of Awards
  12.  Nil
  13. Service Matters
  14.  a) TTC Service to George Brown College Waterfront Campus     
          
    It is recommended that the Commission:

     1. Approve the route changes to the 6 Bay bus route described in this report, on a trial basis, effective July 29, 2012, to better serve customers travelling to and from the new George Brown College Waterfront Campus on Queens Quay East at Sherbourne Street, noting that:

    • the new campus will accommodate 3,800 students and staff who are expected to make approximately 5,200 TTC trips to and from the campus each weekday;
    • service will be significantly increased on the south end of the 6 Bay bus route, and there will be more modest service increases on the 75 Sherbourne bus route;
    • a future route extension of the 65 Parliament bus route to Queens Quay will be evaluated by TTC staff once further development in the area proceeds, and when all roads in the area are suitable for bus operations; and
    • bus service to the new campus is an interim measure which will be required until the approved new streetcar line on Queens Quay East is funded, built, and in operation. 

     2. Forward this report to Councillors McConnell, Vaughan, and Wong-Tam, to George Brown College, and to Waterfront Toronto.

                 Approved

  15. Other Business
  16. a) Appointment of TTC Chief Executive Officer

     It is recommended that the Commission appoint Mr. Andy Byford as the Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Transit Commission.

                 Approved


    b) Election of TTC Vice-Chair

    The Commission unanimously approved the appointment of Commissioner De Baeremaeker to the position of Vice-Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission.
     
    c) Appointments – TTC Audit Committee

    The Commission approved the appointments of Commissioners Parker (Chair), De Baeremaeker and Milczyn to the TTC Audit Committee.

    d) Wireless Network in the Subway Project - Status

     The Commission deferred this report to the next regular meeting of the Commission.

  17. New Business
  18. Nil
  19. Correspondence
  20. C1 – Valdo Tammark, ACAT Chair, forwarding minutes of the January 12, 2012 Executive Nominations General Meeting and the January 26, 2012 General Monthly meeting.

    The Commission received the communication for information.

    C2 – Julia Hattori opposing the installation of cell phone antennas on subway platforms.

    The Commission received the communication for information.
    (See Item No. 8(d) for minute).

    C3 – Councillor Joe Mihevc requesting a 3rd party review of the St. Clair Transit Improvement Project.

    The Commission received the communication for information.

    Commissioner De aeremaeker moved that staff report to the May 30, 2012 meeting of the TTC on the feasibility of conducting an independent 3rd party, comprehensive review of the impact of the project post-construction and that the staff report include the cost of undertaking the comprehensive review.
     
    The motion by Commissioner De Baeremaeker carried.

    C4 – Sharon Yetman regarding innovations on environmentally friendly transit.

    The Commission received the communication for information.

    Supplementary Agenda

    11. Proxy to Vote Toronto Transit Shares in Toronto Transit Infrastructure Limited

    It is recommended that the Commission approve the attached proxy to exercise the 1,000 Toronto Transit Commission shares in Toronto Transit Infrastructure Limited for any Toronto Transit Infrastructure Limited Shareholders Meeting that is held during the year 2012.

                Approved

    12. Chief Executive Officer’s Report – Periods 11 and 12 (October 30 to December 31, 2011)

    It is recommended that the Commission forward a copy of this report to (1) each City of Toronto Councillor and (2) the City Deputy Manager and Chief Financial Officer, for information.

                 Approved

    13. Procurement Authorization – Design, Supply & Install Signal System for YUS Line Phase 2, 3 and 4 and TYSSE

     It is recommended that the Commission authorize:

     1. A total expenditure up to $60,168,140.46 (CAD) to Design, Supply & Install a Signal System on the Yonge University Spadina (YUS) Line (Phases 2, 3 and 4) and on the Toronto York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) as set out below and detailed in Appendix A:

      (a) The award of a contract to Ansaldo STS Canada Inc. (Ansaldo) in the amount of $30,272,838.99 (CAD), inclusive of HST, for a Contract to Design & Supply a Signal System for YUS Line Phases 2, 3 and 4;

      (b) The expenditure of funds in an amount up to $3,219,383.56 (CAD), inclusive of HST, (Option Price No. 2) for Computer Based Interlocking (CBI) on an Engineering Test Track at Wilson Yard to support the design and installation; and

      (c) The award of a contract to Ansaldo in the amount of $26,675,917.91 (CAD) inclusive of HST, for a Contract to Design, Supply & Install a Signal System on the TYSSE.

                 Approved


     
    14. Opportunities for Improved Bus Service on Finch Avenue – Follow-Up Report

     Commissioner Milczyn moved the following motion:

     1. That the Commission request Metrolinx to clarify the timelines for transit investment on Finch West, Eglinton Crosstown and Sheppard.

    2. That TTC staff report back in June on:

    • Moving forward with queue bypass lanes on finch avenue, east of Keele street;

    • Improvements of service on the 36 Finch West route using existing resources; and

    • The 36 Finch West route receiving priority for articulated buses in 2013 or sooner.

     The motion by Commissioner Milczyn carried.

     Commissioner Augimeri moved the following motion:

     That staff report back on:

     1. The specific costs associated with the Finch east of Keele Street investments for improved bus service; and

     2. The estimated costs deemed to be recoverable were these improvements to be made west of Keele Street due to the imminent construction of the Finch West LRT (i.e. engineering, surveying, and structural costs).

     The motion by Commissioner Augimeri carried.

     Commissioner Parker moved the following motion:

     That the other reports requested today be accompanied by a survey of other situations in the TTC bus system that might benefit more from the investment of the amounts reflected in those reports.

     The motion by Commissioner Parker carried.

     Commissioner De Baeremaeker moved the following motion:

     That the March 30, 2012 report be forwarded to the City of Toronto Works Committee for consideration and with a request that the improvements outlined in the TTC report be undertaken.

     The motion by Commissioner De Baeremaeker carried.

     The meeting adjourned at 3:05 p.m.

    TTC Board Members

    Chair Karen Stintz, Vice-ChairGlenn De Baeremaeker, Commissioner Maria Augimeri, Commissioner Raymond Cho, Commissioner Josh Colle, Commissioner Peter Milczyn, Commissioner John Parker