Project delivery changes for Toronto's LRT plan

Commissioners approved a report on the transfer of the overall program management of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) plan for Toronto from the TTC to Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario. Based on an impending decision that the Ontario government will direct Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario to deliver the $8.4-billion LRT program, Commissioners voted to:

  • Request Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario to respond to the issues and concerns around project finance, cost, schedule and delivery model raised in an independent review by the American Public Transportation Association, which was presented to the Commission at its May 30 meeting.
  • Inform Metrolinx that the Province of Ontario decision to implement LRT by Alternative Finance and Procurement (AFP) and Infrastructure Ontario will require the transfer of program management functions, project design, construction and community relations from the TTC Transit Expansion Department to Metrolinx to be completed by Oct. 31, 2012.
  • Direct the TTC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to re-allocate Transit Expansion staff to the TTC’s on-going state-of-good-repair construction and rehabilitation programs, and to the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension.
  • Confirm its commitment to work with the Province of Ontario, Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario to deliver Toronto’s LRT program.

The report will be forwarded to Metrolinx, Infrastructure Ontario, the Ontario Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and the Toronto City Manager.

The TTC, through its Transit Expansion Department, has been the program manager for the LRT program on behalf of Metrolinx since 2008.

TTC requests funding re-allocation to improve service

Commissioners approved an increase of $2.1 million in the TTC’s 2012 operating expenditures for service improvements, starting in September and October, to meet increased ridership demands. The funds to improve service levels will come from an expected $9 million in revenues generated from higher-than-forecast ridership. The TTC is projecting to carry 512 million customers in 2012.

The TTC is not requesting additional funding. The decision is in response to the City’s Financial Control bylaw, which restricts the TTC’s ability to re-allocate funds outside of the approved budget. The recommendation will be forwarded for City Council approval.

TTC Customer Centre extended hours

TTC staff announced extended hours of operation for the Customer Service Centre and the Metropass Discount Plan Office. Starting on May 31, customers will be able to make in-person visits from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and on the first and last business day of each month. Both offices are located on the main floor at TTC Head Office, 1900 Yonge St. (above Davisville Station). Regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

352 Lawrence West trial extension starts July 29

Commissioners approved a trial extension of the 352 Lawrence West Blue Night bus route from Weston Road to Royal York Road. Starting on July 29, the bus service will travel further west to better serve the Village of Humber Heights retirement complex, as well as customers travelling overnight on Lawrence Avenue, west of Weston Road.