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May's Commission meeting

This month’s Commission meeting (on Wednesday, May 11) once again features a number of agenda items that will be of interest to transit fans and riders:

  • A pilot project to introduce time-based transfers on the St. Clair streetcar during the track reconstruction project (similar to the transfer policy already in place in other systems such as Mississauga and Hamilton).
  • The introduction of debit card technology to eight key subway stations for the purchase of Metropasses (Yonge/Bloor, Dundas, Union, Davisville, which already have credit card technology, plus Kipling, Downsview, Finch, and Kennedy), with the possibility of expanding the system to more stations and to pay for other types of passes.
  • The adoption of the 122 Graydon Hall route extension (after a trial period that started in September 2004) during peak periods and midday on weekdays.
  • The introduction of new Blue Night service on Lawrence East, Sheppard East, Steeles East, and Finch West (route extension to Woodbine Racetrack), while maintaining existing dowtown Blue Night routes that had been previously recommended (PDF, 1.0 MB) for elimination (306 Carlton, 322 Coxwell, 316 Ossington).
  • The concerns of riders regarding the new platform video screens currently being tested by the TTC.
  • The status of the proposed new regional bus terminal at Kipling Station (including negotiations with Mississauga Transit and GO Transit, who would use the new terminal), and other related redevelopment proposals at the Six Points interchange and Islington station.
  • Finally, a contract for design services and construction support to rebuild parts of Roncesvalles and Russell Carhouses and Harvey Shops. This is the first step in preparations to rebuild the TTC’s fleet of CLRVs, which is scheduled to begin in 2008 and is hoped to extend the streetcars’ lives by 10 to 15 years (and will include installation of air conditioning — something for streetcar riders to think of as the summer quickly approaches).
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