TTC Board Meeting Highlights (January 10, 2019)
TTC Board Meeting Highlights January 10, 2019
TTC Board starts new term
In its first meeting of the new, four-year term, the elected City Councillors appointed to the TTC Board were sworn-in on Jan. 10. New TTC Chair Jaye Robinson leads the 10-member Board joined by Councillors: Shelley Carroll (Ward 17 Don Valley North), Brad Bradford (Ward 19 Beaches-East York), Jennifer McKelvie (Ward 25 Scarborough-Rouge Park), Jim Karygiannis (Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt) and Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34 Don Valley East and Deputy Mayor). The six appointed Councillors joined the three current citizen Commissioners: Joanne De Laurentiis, Ron Lalonde and Alan Heisey Q.C. A fourth citizen Commissioner to fill a current vacancy is expected to be appointed by City Council in spring 2019.
Board re-elects Heisey as Vice-Chair
The Board re-elected Alan Heisey, Q.C. as its Vice-Chair. Heisey is serving his second term in that role. Citizen Commissioners are appointed by City Council through the City’s Public Appointments process. The TTC Vice-Chair must a citizen member appointed by a vote of the TTC Board.
TTC Audit and Risk Management Committee appointees
The Board appointed the following members to the TTC Audit and Risk Management Committee: Alan Heisey Q.C., Ron Lalonde and Joanne De Laurentiis. Commissioners also voted to dissolve the Budget and Human Resources and Labour Relations committees.
Board Members received a presentation from CEO Rick Leary, which provided an overview of the organization, recent accomplishments, challenges and a vision forward through the Corporate Plan and its 25-year outlook. The TTC is a large, integrated transit system that moves more people daily on its streetcar network alone than any other transit system in the GTHA. “We have at the TTC some of the most talented and dedicated employees who make our system run smoothly and pull off the miracle of moving 1.7 million customers each business day,” Leary said. “This all adds up to a staggering half-a-billion customer trips per year, which makes us the third largest transit system in North America only behind Mexico City and New York City.”
New members named to ACAT
The Board named five new members to the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT): Margo Brodie, Igor Samardzic, Sam Savona, Chris Stigas and Shindujan Yogaratnam. They begin their three-year terms on Jan. 1, 2019. Commissioners thanked outgoing members: Raymond Dell’Aera, Louise Bark, Debbie Gillespie, Angela Marley and Lynn McCormick. ACAT is comprised of Toronto citizens who advise members of the TTC on difficulties faced by people with disabilities and seniors, and recommends the elimination of barriers to accessible public transit.
Runnymede Station elevators
Commissioners received notice of a previously approved award for a contract worth $13.9 million to Duron Ontario Ltd. for the installation of three elevators and associated easier access features at Runnymede Station. Elevators are scheduled to be in service by 2020.
Wilson Station elevators
Commissioners received notice of a previously approved award for contract worth $13.4 million to Ellis Don Civil Ltd. for the installation of three elevators and associated easier access features at Wilson Station. Elevators are scheduled to be in service by 2020.
48 more mini buses for Wheel-Trans
Commissioners received notice of a previously approved contract amendment worth $8.7 million with Creative Carriage Ltd. for the purchase of 48 additional low-floor mini buses for Wheel-Trans. The ProMaster buses are scheduled for delivery in 2019. The procurement of these vehicles is eligible for up to 50 funding under the Government of Canada’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.
2019 Board meeting schedule
The Board approved the 2019 schedule of meetings at Toronto City Hall as follows (held at 1 p.m. unless otherwise indicated):
- Thursday, January 24
- Wednesday, February 27
- Thursday, April 11
- Wednesday, May 8
- Wednesday, June 12
- Wednesday, July 10
- Tuesday, September 24
- Monday, October 21
- Tuesday, November 12
- Thursday, December 12
The Board also approved the schedule of meetings for the TTC Audit and Risk Management Committee:
- Tuesday, February 19
- Wednesday, May 29
- Thursday, September 19
- Monday, December 9
Upcoming Board meetings
The next scheduled regular TTC Board meeting will be on Thurs., Jan. 24 at Toronto City Hall. The meeting will be live-streamed on the Official TTC YouTube Channel.