Citizen Commissioners begin serving on TTC Board; Maureen Adamson elected as Vice-Chair

TTC Chair Karen Stintz officially introduced the TTC’s four new citizen Commissioners after being sworn-in at their first Commission meeting at City Hall. The Commission, now totalling 11 members, immediately voted Maureen Adamson, CEO of Cystic Fibrosis Canada, as the new Vice-Chair of the TTC (replacing Ward 38 Scarborough Centre Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker). The other new Commissioners are: Nick Di Donato, Alan Heisey and Anju Virmani.

Commission finalizes 2013 TTC Budgets; approves fare increase

Commissioners approved the final 2013 TTC and Wheel-Trans Operating Budgets and the 2013-2022 TTC Capital Budget.
Commissioners also confirmed a previous approval-in-principle for a five-cent increase in the price of a single Adult token and a proportionate increase in all other fares (excluding Cash fares and children’s fares) effective on Jan. 1, 2013. A modest fare rise, in line with the rate of inflation, was required to balance the budget.

CEO Report: year-end ridership projection

TTC ridership continues to grow with year-to-date results being 2.4 per cent above budget. The growth is being driven by strong Adult Monthly Metropass sales, which are five per cent above budget. This favourable trend should continue for the rest of the year. The ridership projection for 2012 has been increased to 514 million from a previous forecast of 511 million.

Contract award for wireless network in the subway

Commissioners approved the award of a contract worth $25 million over 20 years to Broadcast Australia Pty Ltd. for a wireless network in the subway system. Broadcast Australia will be required to successfully install a wireless network at a minimum of two subway stations prior to approval by the TTC for system-wide implementation.

The contract includes an additional $8,000-per-station-payment to the TTC to recover design review costs. As well, the TTC will create a project manager position to co-ordinate all design and installation activities associated with the project.

New streetcar facility to be named The Leslie Barn

Commissioners voted in favour of naming the future streetcar maintenance and storage facility, being built at Leslie Street and Lake Shore Boulevard, as The Leslie Barn. The overall project has been developed with extensive input from the local community, and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2014.

Contract awarded for Lawrence West Station elevator

Commissioners approved the award of a contract worth $5.9 million to Buttcon Limited for the installation of an elevator and associated easier access features at Lawrence West Station. Construction is expected to begin next year as is easier access work at Woodbine, Coxwell and St Clair West subway stations.

TTC shelter bus reports

The TTC Board approved a motion forwarded by Commissioner Maria Augimeri requesting TTC staff to include in the CEO’s Report details regarding shelter bus incidents.