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Meeting No. 1950
Friday, June 29, 2012
9:00 AM

Committee Room #1, 2nd Floor
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West


Meeting No. 1950 Friday, June 29, 2012

A meeting of the Toronto Transit Commission was held in Committee Room 1, 2nd Floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario on Friday, June 29, 2012 commencing at 9:00 a.m. The meeting recessed at 9:05 a.m. and re-convened at 10:10 a.m.

K. Stintz (Chair), G. De Baeremaeker (Vice-Chair), M. Augimeri, R. Cho and P. Milczyn (Commissioners), A. Byford (Chief Executive Officer), V. Rodo (Chief Financial and Administration Officer), D. Dixon (Chief Operating Officer), S. Ghaly (Chief Capital Officer), C. Upfold (Chief Customer Officer), B. Leck (Head of Legal & General Counsel), G. Piemontese (Head of Human Resources), B. Ross (Executive Director of Corporate Communications), J. O’Grady (Head of Safety & Environment), M. MacRae (Director – Compensation Services), K. Kuzmowich (Acting Head of Human Rights), A. Bertolo (Chief Project Manager – Spadina Subway Extension), G. Carr (Chief Engineer – Operations Planning), K. Lee (Head of Commission Services), D. McDonald (Co-ordinator – Corporate Secretariat Services) 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. 1949 and that the Chair and Chief Financial and Administration Officer 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

Public Presentations

a) Procurement Authorization – Fire Ventilation Upgrade – Lawrence Station – Contract Y60-6

Elio Toppan and Paul Hickey
Labourers Local 506
The Commission received the deputation for information.
(See Item No. 4(a) 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) Mashtura Manzur v. TTC

    The Commission:

    1. approved the recommendations as outlined in the Confidential Attachment; and
    2. that the information in the Confidential Attachment not be authorized for public release as it remains subject to solicitor-client privilege.

    c) Contracting Out

    The Commission:

    1. received a confidential verbal update regarding contracting out; and
    2. noted that the information provided in the confidential verbal update is to remain confidential in its entirety as it contains information about labour relations or employee negotiations.
  3. Presentations
  4. Prior to commencing with the Presentations portion of the agenda, Chair Stintz took the opportunity to announce a number of customer service improvements that have recently been acknowledged by TTC customers; including improved washroom maintenance and the design of the Toronto Rocket subway cars. Chair Stintz also read a number of commendations submitted by TTC customers detailing excellent service they received from TTC employees. On behalf of the Commission, Chair Stintz thanked all of the above employees who were instrumental in promoting the TTC in such a positive light with our customers.

    a) Ontario Safety League – 2011 Public Service Commendation

    Brian Patterson, Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Safety League (OSL), presented the OSL’s 2011 Public Service Commendation to the TTC. The OSL 2011 Public Service Commendation recognizes the TTC for its leadership in road safety within the public transit sector. Mr. Patterson touched on the many years of TTC leadership in this critical field and the benefits that transit users across Canada and throughout North America have received from the TTC’s commitment to safety as its number one priority. Receiving the award on behalf of the TTC were Chair Karen Stintz and John O’Grady, Head of Safety & Environment.

    b) Tribute to First Female TTC Operator Post-Second World War

    Chair Stintz presented Edith Asboth with flowers, an Operator hat and a framed certificate from the Mayor and Members of Council in recognition of being the first female Operator hired permanently by the TTC in the post-Second World War era. Ms. Asboth began her Operator duties in 1973 on trolley buses and, after mastering bus operations, she made another big move, becoming the first female subway Operator. Ms. Asboth addressed the Commission thanking the TTC for the opportunity given to her so many years ago. She also thanked the many employees of the time who were so supportive and helpful to her in this role.

  5. Budget Matters
  6. a) Chief Executive Officer’s Report – Period 4 (April 1 to April 28, 2012)

    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

    b) Staff Compensation and Benefits

    Chair Stintz moved that Recommendation No. 1 in the staff report be amended to include the words “currently employed at the TTC” after the opening words “All non-union staff” so such recommendation now reads as follows:

    “1. All non-union staff currently employed at the TTC be paid a 2% annual cost of living adjustment effective April 1, 2011 up to and including April 1, 2013”.

    The motion by Chair Stintz carried.

    Chair Stintz then moved adoption of the staff report, as amended.

    The motion by Chair Stintz carried.

  7. Procurement Authorizations
  8. a) Procurement Authorization Fire Ventilation Upgrade – Lawrence Station Contract Y60-6

    Vice-Chair De Baeremaeker moved that staff review the bid to ensure the bid from Walsh Construction complies with the requirements of the bid documents, and in the event that it does not, take appropriate action in accordance with the provisions of the bid documents.

    The motion by Vice-Chair De Baeremaeker carried.

    Chair Stintz moved adoption of the staff report, as amended.

    The motion by Chair Stintz carried.

    b) Procurement Authorization – Supply of Orion Bus Parts

    It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award of a three-year inventory supply contract for the supply of Orion Bus parts for the period of July 2012 to July 2015 to Daimler Buses North America Limited for an upset limit of $20,921,600.00 including applicable taxes.

    Approved

  9. Procurement Authorization Amendments
  10. Nil
  11. Notice of Awards
  12. Nil
  13. Service Matters
  14. a) Opportunities for Improved Bus Service on Finch Avenue – Follow-up Report #2

    It is recommended that the Commission forward this report to Councillors Shiner, Filion, Pasternak, Perruzza, Mammoliti, Crisanti, and Ford, to Toronto Transportation Services, to the City’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, and to Metrolinx, noting that:

    • the frequency of service on the 36 FINCH WEST bus route will be improved during four off-peak periods of operation currently experiencing overcrowding, beginning in September, 2012;
    • as soon as the TTC receives its initial fleet of articulated buses in 2014, the standard buses which are now operated on the 36 FINCH WEST bus route will be replaced with articulated buses, which provide greater ability to accommodate surge or uneven passenger demand and which will reduce the annual cost of operating this route by $1 million;
    • there are 12 candidate locations for queue-jump lanes on Finch Avenue West, east of Keele Street, which, if implemented, would improve the speed and reliability of transit service on Finch Avenue, and would cost approximately $8 million to construct;
    • queue-jump lanes are a proven way to achieve significant reductions in delays to buses at congested intersections, and there are many locations throughout the city where queue-jump lanes would provide measurable and perceptible improvements; most of these locations would achieve greater benefits than would be achieved at the 12 locations identified on Finch Avenue West;
    • if funds were made available for queue-jump lanes, then such lanes should be implemented starting where the greatest benefits could be achieved, and this report contains a short-list of 25 potential strong candidate locations in the TTC bus system, including two of the twelve locations on Finch Avenue West;
    • queue-jump lanes were one of the initiatives identified by City Council, in 2007, as a means of improving transit operations in Toronto, as discussed in the Council-approved report entitled, “Climate Change, Clean Air, and Sustainable Energy Action Plan”; Council directed City staff to consult with the TTC to identify opportunities and locations to implement queue-jump lanes;
    • in May, 2012, City Transportation Services and City Planning issued a letter stating that they are opposed to the implementation of queue-jump lanes in areas of intensification (major arterial roads designated as “Avenues” downtown, the centres, secondary plans areas) where congestion affects transit operations, thus creating a roadblock to the implementation of queue-jump lanes in Toronto; and
    • any interest in pursuing queue-jump lanes in Toronto will likely require support and direction from City Council to supersede the position adopted by City Transportation Services and City Planning.

    Approved

  15. Other Business
  16. a) Advertising Policies

    It is recommended that the Commission approve policies Advertising on TTC Property and Unsold Advertising Space on TTC Property as amended and developed, for implementation effective June 29, 2012 which is attached as Appendix A and B respectively.

    Approved

    b) 2011 Annual Human Rights Report

    It is recommended that the Commission:

    1. Receive this report for information; and
    2. Authorize forwarding this report to City Council, through the Executive Committee, for information purposes.

    Approved

    c) McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited – Lease Extension St. Clair Station
    It is recommended that the Commission approve the execution of a five-year (5) lease extension agreement with an option for an additional five (5) years with McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited (McDonald’s) for the lease of space at St. Clair Subway Station resulting in annual minimum rent of $132,500 per year. The existing agreement is due to expire on September 24, 2012.
    Approved

  17. New Business
  18. Nil
  19. Correspondence
  20. C1 – Valdo Tammark, Chair - Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT) forwarding for information the approved minutes of the April 26, 2012 General Monthly Meeting.

    The Commission received the communication for information.

    C2 – Emily R. Webb regarding a proposed social media venture with the TTC.

    The Commission received the communication for information and referred the correspondence to staff for appropriate action.

    C3 – Joe Clark regarding 501, 502 and 503 streetcar diversions east of Broadview Avenue.

    The Commission received the communication for information and referred the correspondence to staff for appropriate action.

    C4 – Joe Clark regarding the June 13, 2012 accident at Queen and Leslie Streets.

    The Commission received the communication for information and referred the correspondence to staff for appropriate action.

    C5 – Sharon Yetman regarding proposed improved flow technology for the Finch corridor.

    The Commission received the communication for information.
    (See Report No. 7(a) for minute).

    C6 – Councillor Vincent Crisanti regarding enhanced bus service on Finch Avenue West.

    The Commission received the communication for information.
    (See Report No. 7(a) for minute).

    Supplementary Agenda

    11. Procurement Authorization Amendment – Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Project – Contract No. A85-75B – Finch West Station – Contract Amendment No. 10

    It is recommended that the Commission authorize Contract Amendment No. 10 to The Spadina Group Associates (TSGA), in the amount of $4,395,000.00, increasing the total upset limit amount to $28,028,935.31. This will provide for complete engineering support, and design revisions during the remaining period of construction work.

    Approved

    12. Ease of Fare Purchase – Customer Improvement

    It is recommended that the Commission endorse this report outlining the TTC roll-out of debit card acceptance for Metropasses at Collector booths over the course of 2012 and 2013.

    Approved

    The meeting adjourned at 11:10 a.m.

    TTC Board Members

    Karen Stintz, TTC Chair Peter Milczyn, Vice-Chair Maria Augimeri Vincent Crisanti Frank Di Giorgio Norm Kelly Denzil Minnan-Wong Cesar Palacio John Parker