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Toronto Transit Commission Board

Meeting No.: 2052
Meeting Date:  Wednesday, April 14, 2021

A meeting of the TTC Board was held by video conference on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 commencing at 10:01 a.m. The meeting recessed at 1:19 p.m. and reconvened at 2:05 p.m. The meeting recessed at 3:30 p.m. to meet as the Committee of the Whole. The Board re-convened the public session at 4:15 p.m.

Present at Committee of the Whole

J. Robinson (Chair), J. De Laurentiis (Vice-Chair), B. Bradford, S. Carroll, F. Jagdeo,
C. Lai, R. Lalonde, J. McKelvie, D. Minnan-Wong, J. Osborne (Commissioners), R. Leary, K. Campbell, G. Downie, B. Hasserjian, J. La Vita, B. Leck, K. Llewellyn-Thomas, M. MacRae, M. Madigan-Lee, F. Monaco, G. Piemontese, N. Poole-Moffatt, J. Ross, J. Taylor, K. Watson, R. Wong, M. Atlas, A. Cassar, M. Del Vecchio, M. Rogers, C. Finnerty, A. Farnsworth, J. Ishak.

D. Magisano (Mayor’s Office), R. Van Fraassen (Chair Robinson’s Office); and K. Goodarznezhad (Resolve Collaboration) were present.

J. Robinson was in the Chair.

Present at Public Session

J. Robinson (Chair), J. De Laurentiis (Vice-Chair), B. Bradford, S. Carroll, F. Jagdeo, C. Lai, R. Lalonde, J. McKelvie, D. Minnan-Wong, J. Osborne (Commissioners), R. Leary (Chief Executive Officer), K. Campbell (Chief Diversity & Culture Officer), G. Downie (Chief Capital Officer), B. Hasserjian (Chief Safety Officer - Acting), J. La Vita (Interim Chief Financial Officer), B. Leck (General Counsel), K. Llewellyn-Thomas (Chief Strategy and Customer Officer), M. MacRae (Executive Director, Human Resources), M. Madigan-Lee (Chief People Officer), F. Monaco (Chief of Infrastructure and Engineering), G. Piemontese (Head of Human Resources), N. Poole-Moffatt (Chief of Corporate Affairs), J. Ross (Chief Operating Officer), J. Taylor (Chief of Staff), K. Watson (Deputy Chief Executive Officer), R. Wong (Chief Vehicles Officer), R. Aggarwal (Director, Diversity), M. Atlas (Associate General Counsel), B. Case (Head – Vehicle Programs), A. Cassar (Director – Budgets, Costing and Financial Reporting), M. Del Vecchio (Capital City Projects Coordinator), A. Dixon (Head – Special Constable Service), M. Jones (Head – Revenue Protection), P. Lagace (Head – Procurement and Category Management), J. Lim (Director – Audit, Risk and Compliance), W. Reuter (Head – Research and Analytics), M. Rogers (Director – Employee Relations), R. Rush (Head – Materials Management), F. Shakil (Director – Revenue Ridership Analytics), D. Shanmuganayagum (Head, Information Technology Services), C. Finnerty (Director – Commission Services), A. Farnsworth (Co-ordinator – Secretariat Services) and J. Ishak (Administrator – Secretariat Services).E. Lyberogiannis (Toronto Hydro), K. Hartwick (Ontario Power Generation), D. Magisano (Mayor’s Office), Dr. Akwasi Owusu-Bempah (University of Toronto), R. Van Fraassen (Chair Robinson’s Office), Dr. S. Wortley (University of Toronto), and F. Fernandes and K. Goodarznezhad (Resolve Collaboration) were present.

J. Robinson was in the Chair.

Land Acknowledgement

Chair Robinson requested C. Finnerty to acknowledge that the TTC Board was meeting on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. C. Finnerty also acknowledged that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit.

Declaration of Interest - Municipal Conflict of Interest Act

Nil

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

Commissioner McKelvie moved that the Board approve the Minutes of Meeting No. 2051, held on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.

The motion by Commissioner McKelvie carried.

Business Arising Out of the Minutes

Nil

Committee of the Whole

Chair Robinson moved the following motion:

  1. That the Board recess as the Committee of the Whole to consider information about labour relations or employee negotiations related to items 3 and 4 of the agenda.

The motion by Chair Robinson carried.

Public Presentations

  • Item No. 5: Racial Equity Impact Assessment of TTC Enforcement Activities
    Aleem Tharani (Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113)
    Alan Yule
    The Board received the deputations for information (see Item 5 for minute).
  • Item No. 6: TTC’s Green Bus Program: Preliminary Results of TTC’s Head-to-Head eBus Evaluation
    Emily Daigle
    The Board received the deputation for information (see Item 6 for minute).

Presentations/Reports/Other Business

1. Chief Executive Officer’s Report – April 2021

Commissioner Lai moved receipt of the Chief Executive Officer’s Report – April 2021 for information.

The motion by Commissioner Lai carried.

Received

2. Approved Minutes of the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT) General Monthly Meeting for January 28, 2021

ACAT Chair Igor Samardzic introduced this item. 

Commissioner Osborne moved receipt of the approved minutes from the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT) General Monthly Meeting for January 28, 2021 for information.

The motion by Commissioner McKelvie carried.

Received

3. Customer Service Centre Interest Arbitration Award

Chair Robinson moved adoption of the staff recommendations as follows:

It is recommended that the TTC Board:

  1. Approve the recommendations contained in the confidential attachment;
  2. Authorize that the information provided in Confidential Attachment 1 remain confidential in its entirety as it contains information about ongoing labour relations or employee negotiations.

The motion by Chair Robinson carried.

Approved

4. Ongoing Negotiations Update – ATU Local 113 and CUPE

Chair Robinson moved adoption of the staff recommendations as follows:

It is recommended that the TTC Board:

  1. Receive the confidential presentation on bargaining negotiations.
  2. Authorize that the information provided in the Confidential Attachment remain confidential in its entirety as it contains information about labour relations or employee negotiations.

The motion by Chair Robinson carried.

Approved

5. Racial Equity Impact Assessment of TTC Enforcement Activities 

Dr. Akwasi Owusu-Bempah and Dr. Scot Wortley delivered a presentation on this item.

A staff presentation on this item was delivered by R. Aggarwal, K. Campbell, A. Dixon and M. Jones.

Commissioner Bradford moved the following motion:

That the TTC Board:

  1. Request the Chief Executive Officer to explore opportunities for the relevant TTC divisions to continue to engage with the City of Toronto’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism (CABR) Unit, and Indigenous Affairs Office (IAO), with consideration for opportunities to:
    1. Develop policies for the sharing of race-based data between the TTC and City, including providing the City Manager's Office an overview of data, findings, and analysis from incidents involving the TTC's fare enforcement activity;
    2. Align work plans to achieve shared objectives, with particular regard to advancing the priorities of The Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism;
    3. Ensure the City of Toronto’s Community Crisis Support Service model pilot includes mental-health and other crisis-based calls from customers on the TTC.
  2. Request the relevant TTC staff to ensure the selection criteria for the future Community Racial Equity Advisory Committee (C-REAC) and Employee Racial Equity Advisory Committee (E-REAC) includes representation from BIPOC TTC riders from all four districts of Toronto and those with lived-experience of fare enforcement interactions.
  3. Request TTC staff, in consultation with the City of Toronto’s Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration division, to consider opportunities to engage with local City Councillors and the City’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas Planning Tables as part of the outreach and promotion for community stakeholder consultations, with an emphasis on expanding outreach to Black and Indigenous transit users.

The motion by Commissioner Bradford carried.

Commissioner Carroll moved adoption of the staff recommendation, as amended, as follows:

It is recommended that the TTC Board:

  1. Direct staff to report back on progress to implement the recommendations by Dr. Owusu-Bempah and Dr. Wortley through the regular reporting of the Revenue Protection and Special Constable Service Departments’ culture change reports.

The motion by Commissioner Carroll carried.

Amended

6. TTC’s Green Bus Program: Preliminary Results of TTC’s Head-to-Head eBus Evaluation

A staff presentation on this item was delivered by B. Case.

Commissioner Bradford moved the following motion:

That the TTC Board:

  1. Request the Chief Executive Officer and relevant TTC staff to include in the next report back on the Green Bus Program, a fleet plan that provides an overview of  
    the TTC’s current vehicle stock, potential allocations for future eBuses within the fleet, and possible priority routes for eBus deployment upon expansion of TTC’s eBus supply.

The motion by Commissioner Bradford carried.

Chair Robinson moved adoption of the staff recommendation, as amended, as follows:

It is recommended that:

  1. The Board delegate authority to the TTC CEO to undertake a public procurement through issuance of a Negotiated Request for Proposal (NRFP) and enter into up to two contracts for the supply of approximately 300 long-range, battery-electric buses (eBuses), based on the following:
    1. Limit the total contract award amount, including all applicable taxes, and project delivery costs to within the approved funding of approximately $300 million;
    2. Apply lessons learned through the TTC’s eBus Head-to-Head Evaluation to pre-qualify potential suppliers based on demonstrated compliance with system compatibility requirements and Transport Canada’s Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; 
    3. All 300 eBuses to be delivered between Q1 2023 and Q1 2025; and
    4. Negotiation of an acceptable agreement that is satisfactory to the TTC General Counsel.

The motion by Chair Robinson carried.

Amended

7. TTC’s Green Bus Program: TTC-OPG-THESL Framework for Agreement on Electrification Infrastructure

A staff presentation on this item was delivered by B. Case.

Chair Robinson moved adoption of the staff recommendations as follows:

It is recommended that the TTC Board:   

  1. Approve the Framework for Agreement between the TTC, Ontario Power Generation and Toronto Hydro-Electric System Ltd. as outlined in Appendix A for the coinvestment, ownership, design, build, operations and maintenance of all  
    electrification infrastructure required to implement the TTC’s Green Fleet Program.
  2. Delegate authority to the Chief Executive Officer to enter into the non-binding TTCOPG-THESL memorandum of understanding under the Framework for Agreement satisfactory to the TTC’s General Counsel; and
  3. Report back to the Board no later than Q3 2021 with staff’s proposed negotiating position and proposed commercial terms for the TTC-OPG Master Agreement, satisfactory to the TTC’s General Counsel.

The motion by Chair Robinson carried.

Approved

8. Financial Update for the Period Ended December 31, 2020 and Major Projects Update

Chair Robinson moved adoption of the staff recommendation, as follows:

It is recommended that the TTC Board:

  1. Request City Council to approve the $18.0 million in proceeds from the sale of 70 Parliament Street, as a contribution to the TTC Land Acquisition Reserve Fund.

The motion by Chair Robinson carried.

Approved

9. Supply of Microsoft Software

Commissioner Carroll moved adoption of the staff recommendation as follows:

It is recommended that the TTC Board:

  1. Authorize the award of the contract to Softchoice LP in the upset limit amount of $9,519,000 in Canadian funds, inclusive of taxes, for an approximate three-year term from Notification of Award to December 31, 2023, as a result of a competitive process conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.

The motion by Commissioner Carroll carried.

Approved

10. Notice of Motion – Impact of Ride-Hailing on Transit

Chair Robinson moved the following motion:

That Recommendation 1 of the motion be amended as follows:

  • by adding “to partner with City of Toronto Municipal Licensing, Transportation Services and Planning staff”; and
  • by striking out “commission an independent third party” and “of”; and
  • by adding “builds on the City’s 2019 report “The Transportation Impacts of Vehicle-for-Hire in the City of Toronto”.

so that the motion reads as follows:

  1. The TTC Board direct the Chief Executive Officer to partner with City of Toronto Municipal Licensing, Transportation Services and Planning staff to study the impact of ride-hailing services on public transit, which builds on the City’s 2019 report “The Transportation Impacts of Vehicle-for-Hire in the City of Toronto” and specifically studies:
    1. Rides lost annually to ride-hailing since 2014
    2. Ride loss projections based on
      1. Anticipated growth of ride-hailing and
      2. Changing rider concerns during and after the pandemic.
    3. The corresponding impact on fare revenue and, therefore, the TTC operating budget.
    4. Changes to traffic congestion, vehicle kilometres travelled (including commuting, cruising, on route and in-service time) by PTC vehicles and corresponding effect on TTC surface transit caused by the growth of ride-hailing apps.

      The motion by Chair Robinson carried

      Commissioner Jagdeo moved the following motion:

      That the main motion be amended to include the study of two additional ride-sharing concerns as follows:
    5. Strategies and solutions to remain competitive in the mobility ecosystem when coming up against ride hailing companies.
    6. The potential synergies with ride hailing companies that could drive mutual economic benefit.

The motion by Commissioner Jagdeo carried

Chair Robinson moved adoption of the item as amended, as follows:

It is recommended that:  

  1. The TTC Board direct the Chief Executive Officer to partner with City of Toronto Municipal Licensing, Transportation Services and Planning staff to study the impact of ride-hailing services on public transit, which builds on the City’s 2019 report “The Transportation Impacts of Vehicle-for-Hire in the City of Toronto” and specifically studies:
    1. Rides lost annually to ride-hailing since 2014;
    2. Ride loss projections based on:
      1. Anticipated growth of ride-hailing; and
      2. Changing rider concerns during and after the pandemic;
    3. The corresponding impact on fare revenue and, therefore, the TTC operating budget;
    4. Changes to traffic congestion, vehicle kilometres travelled (including commuting, cruising, on route and in-service time) by PTC vehicles and corresponding effect on TTC surface transit caused by the growth of ride-hailing apps;
    5. Strategies and solutions to remain competitive in the mobility ecosystem when coming up against ride hailing companies; and
    6. The potential synergies with ride hailing companies that could drive mutual economic benefit.

The motion by Chair Robinson carried.

Amended

Correspondence submitted by: Thorben Wieditz

The meeting adjourned at 4:16 p.m.