Rewards & Recognition Fall 2018

Teamwork Award

The Overhead Team (Streetcar Maintenance and Infrastructure)

Vincent Balfour
Overhead Linesperson

Peter Benerowski
Overhead Linesperson

Sean Bryce
Overhead Linesperson

Milan Novakovic
Overhead Linesperson

Clancy Friel
Apprentice Overhead Linesperson

Thomas Reilly
Apprentice Overhead Linesperson

  • Overhead Crew 304 was at an intersection waiting to make a left turn onto South Kingsway. A dump truck travelling eastbound made a right turn in full view of the crew and struck a woman crossing, then stopped on top of her. The driver then backed up and ran over her again, tearing her leg open. The driver then fled the scene.
  • Two crew members jumped out of the truck and started to perform first aid with radio communication to the two other crew members who followed the dump truck. One of the members held the woman’s artery by hand to stop the bleeding until emergency services arrived.
  • The dump truck turned again and Crew 301, located just down the road, noticed and started following as well. Together the two crews were able to block the truck when the driver tried to make a three-point turn. When the assailant jumped out of the truck and began to run, members of the team chased him, leading to the apprehension and arrest of the individual.

The King Street Pilot Team (Strategy and Service Planning | Streetcar Transportation)

Conor Adami
Procedures and System Development Senior Planner

Curtis Batuszkin
Transit Stops Supervisor

Darrin Brown
Senior Transportation Planning Technician

Hani Chahine
Roncesvalles Division Assistant Manager

Jacqueline Darwood
Strategy and Service Planning Head

Pranav Dave
Operations Planning Chief Engineer

Francesco Di Noto
Senior Schedule Writer – RT

Narayan Donaldson
Operations Planner

Mark Eskandar
Transportation Planning Technician

Ron Gambin
Transit Scheduling Manager

Tim Lawson
Senior Transportation Engineer

Franco Longo
Senior Schedule Writer – RT

Laurence Lui
Russell Division Assistant Manager

Tim McCallum
Technical Co-ordinator

Albert Oliver
Streetcar Transportation Head

Trevor Pitman
Senior Transportation Engineer

Kevin Shen
Technical Support and Development Supervisor

Jim Sinikas
Transportation Engineering Director

Alexander Takarabe
Database Technician – SMS Project

Erin Wemyss
Russell Division Manager

  • The King Street Pilot Team accomplished this ground-breaking project, which required inter-departmental and external co-ordination. The project led to enhanced service delivery, new initiatives and tools for performance monitoring, successful transit stop relocations and delivery of effective ridership counts.
  • The implementation of the project was achieved through the tenacity of the team to work well with all stakeholders, who collaborated with politicians and business leaders to open up dialogue and implement the project under short timelines, despite public scrutiny. The impact of the project has contributed to faster and more reliable service, increased ridership and improved customer satisfaction.
  • The successful implementation of this project has resulted in significant, measurable improvements to both business and work processes, overall increased efficiencies and elevated levels of safety. The team has provided a basis for future pilots and has set the stage to make transit across the city faster, more attractive and more reliable.
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