TTC Board Meeting Highlights (June 2014)
June 24 Meeting
Ride with WorldPride
TTC Chair Maria Augimeri began the TTC Board Meeting by stating how proud the TTC is to be a participant in WorldPride 2014 festivities. A rainbow-wrapped bus has been operating on the 94 Wellesley route and will be part of this year’s Pride Parade on June 29. A commemorative plaque was recently installed at Wellesley Station to honour the diverse community hosting WorldPride. The TTC also celebrated WorldPride with a special Family/Group weekend pass.
Scarborough subway extension update
The TTC Board received a report on the status of the Scarborough subway extension from Kennedy Station, along a McCowan Avenue corridor, to Sheppard Avenue East.
The project is jointly managed by the City and the TTC under the guidance of a City/TTC Transit Executive Committee, co-chaired by the City Manager and the TTC CEO. The City will manage the environmental assessment phase of the project with support from TTC staff. Public consultation is expected to begin in early 2015.
The Scarborough Subway (a McCowan alignment) would be 7.6-km long and include three stations at Lawrence, Scarborough Centre and Sheppard. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018 and end in 2023. Total cost of the project, including the demolition of the Scarborough RT, is estimated at $3.5 billion.
Service adjustments responding to Eglinton-Crosstown LRT construction
TTC Board Members received an update on the adjustments being made to TTC bus services affected by the construction of the Eglinton-Crosstown LRT. On the 32 Eglinton West route (west of Yonge Street) between six and 12 buses have been added depending on the operating period. East of Yonge Street, service has been boosted by eight buses in the morning rush and seven buses in the afternoon rush on the following routes: 34 Eglinton East, 51 Leslie, 54 Lawrence East, 56 Leaside and 100 Flemingdon Park. Temporary schedule and route changes are also being made to reduce the effects from construction. TTC staff will continue to work closely with Metrolinx and the City to improve service quality along the Eglinton corridor during construction.
Councillor Peter Milczyn moving to Queen’s Park
The TTC Board received with thanks a letter from Commissioner Peter Milczyn advising of his upcoming departure from the TTC Board. On June 12, Milczyn was elected to serve as MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore. Milczyn served on the Commission for close to eight years.