September 9, 2016
Earlier this week, the TTC Board’s budget committee met to consider the emerging TTC capital budget for the years 2017-2026.
Every year, the TTC, along with all other City departments, proposes a capital budget to take account of emerging needs, changed circumstances and proposed new capital investments over the next 10 years.
This year’s TTC submission is different for a number of reasons, each a result of our ongoing overhaul of business practices and the modernization of how we run the organization. Firstly, we have developed a methodology to prioritize how we spend scarce capital dollars to ensure that we tackle areas of greatest need first and to invest in programs that give the greatest safety and customer benefit. This methodology is particularly useful if additional funds become available, because business cases will have already been developed to identify what is the next most important project to get under way.
Secondly, we have conducted a review of the TTC’s ability to spend the total allotment of money in its annual capital budget. Like any big organization, it is not always possible to spend 100% of a budget that totals in excess of $1 billion, so we have identified areas of likely under-spend that would enable us to transfer funds to other projects. This means that, over the next 10 years, we will be able to deliver more improvements for the same amount without impacting the scope or timeline of critical projects already under way.
While the budget will not be finalized by City Council until early next year, the work we have undertaken positions us to continue investing in the areas that matter: new vehicles and infrastructure as part of a modernized TTC.
Line 1 Yonge-University
This weekend, there will be no subway service on Line 1 Yonge-University between Wilson and Downsview stations only as TTC crews perform track and maintenance work. Shuttle buses will run.
Wheel-Trans will operate between Downsview and Lawrence West stations for customers who need it. Customers can speak to any TTC employee to request the service.
King St. W. is closed between Peter St. and University Ave. until this Sunday night as Toronto cel-ebrates the 41st Toronto International Film Festival.
The 504 King streetcar will be split into two sections, with an east and west portion. Buses that nor-mally run during morning and evening peak times will also divert around the festival.
A number of events around the city will cause the following TTC surface routes to divert.
- Cabbagetown Festival - Sept. 10-11: 65/365 Parliament; 506/306 Carlton
- Taste of the Kingsway – Sept. 9-11: 15 Evans; 66 Prince Edward; 76 Royal York South; 300 Bloor- Danforth
- Jesus in the City Parade – Sept. 10: 5 Avenue Road; 94 Wellesley
- Toronto 5K to Support Sick Kids Hospital – Sept. 10: 7 Bathurst; 33 Forest Hill; 90 Vaughan Road; 126 Christie; 127 Davenport; 512 St Clair
Check ttc.ca for specific diversion routing information.
Come have your say about accessibility of conventional TTC and Wheel-Trans services at the 2016 TTC Public Forum on Accessible Transit:
Thurs., Sept. 15
- 6 – 7 p.m.: One-on-One Discussions with TTC staff
- 7 - 9 p.m.: Open Public Forum
- Allstream Centre, Exhibition Place — 105 Princes’ Boulevard
An accessible shuttle bus will be available from Bathurst Station starting at 5 p.m. Regularly scheduled accessible service is also available on the 509 Harbourfront route from Union Station to the nearest stop to the Allstream Centre at Strachan Avenue (approximately 300 metres).
Wheel-Trans customers may now book trips to the Public Forum. Please note that all return trips will be organized after the event finishes at 9:00 p.m. and will not be scheduled in advance.
Watch the event as it is live-streamed and follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #TTCAccess.
Name: Derrick DaZilva
Years of Service: 34
I’ve been working for the TTC for 34 years now. The first 18 months I spent as a part-time worker doing yard work, before I transferred to the Collector division to work as a Collector. Here I sell fare media to the public, which means I’m interacting with people a lot. I think it’s the best part of my job, speaking with our customers. I think it is so important in my job to have a positive outlook on life, and to really love working with people and interacting with them, including my wonderful coworkers. I have a few magic words I live by: ‘how are you,’ and ‘have a nice day.’ These words go a long way.”
Triplinx trip planner launches on ttc.ca
Whether you’re travelling around the city or outside the bounds of the TTC, the new trip planner at ttc.ca is designed to connect you to your destination. Features of the new planner include:
- Complete trip itineraries
- Route schedules and maps
- Fare information
- Para-transit information
The new planner is powered by Triplinx, the official trip planner and transportation resource for the GTHA. It is a collaboration between Metrolinx and 11 transit providers across the GTHA, including Brampton Transit, GOTransit and MiWay (Mississauga Transit).
Click here to use the new Triplinx trip planner.
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