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Toronto Transit Commission meets September 30



The Toronto Transit Commission meets for the last time before the municipal election — and the last time with Councillor Adam Giambrone as chair — tomorrow, Thursday, September 30.

The new City Council will appoint the next transit commissioners, when it first meets in early December.

The Commission has a heavy agenda to discuss during its meeting, which takes place at 1 p.m. in Committee Room 1, second floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.


Among many (many, many) other items, the Commissioners will discuss staff reports

  • forwarding a glossy 60-page report from the Chair of the Commission reviewing what the TTC had accomplished during the last seven years. (You can read the staff report and the Chair’s report here. (.pdf))
  • responding to the recommendations of the TTC Customer Service Advisory Panel. (You can read the staff report here. (.pdf))
  • recommending that the Commission approve the final design, artwork and finishes for Finch West Station on the future subway extending the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina line to Vaughan. (You can read the staff report here. (.pdf))
  • recommending that the Commission approve renaming Downsview Station as “Sheppard West Station” and finalizing the names of all other stations along the new subway line. (You can read the staff report here. (.pdf))
  • updating the Commission on staff proposals to launch an electronic newsletter later this year. (You can read the staff report here. (.pdf))
  • recommending that the Commission not approve increasing service along the 510 Spadina route south of King Street West. (You can read the staff report here. (.pdf)
  • recommending that the Commission approve extending service along the 53 Steeles East route to Morningside Heights at all times of the week. (You can read the staff report here. (.pdf))
  • updating the Commission on service to Long Branch along the 501 Queen route. (You can read the staff report here. (.pdf))
  • updating the Commission on the status of the downtown rapid transit expansion study. (You can read the staff report here. (.pdf))
  • updating the Commission on plans to celebrate the TTC’s 90th anniversary in 2011. (You can read the staff report here. (.pdf))
  • reviewing the timing of future extensions to Transit City light rail lines, including:
  • extending the Sheppard East Line to the Toronto Zoo and building a branch line along McCowan Road to the Scarborough Centre;
  • extending the Finch West line to the Woodbine Live entertainment complex and Toronto Pearson International Airport; and
  • extending the Jane line southward along South Kingsway to the Queensway, where it would meet the Waterfront West line and extending the 512 St. Clair line westward from Gunn’s Loop to Jane Street.

(You can read the staff report here. (.pdf))

  • updating the Commission on staff plans for winter operations, including an aggressive ticketing and towing strategy to remove vehicles blocking TTC buses and streetcars during and after storms. (You can read the staff report here. (.pdf))

The Commission will also review a number of presentations that are not yet available, including presentations on the 2011 capital and operating budgets, automatic fare collection and open fare payment systems, the Transit City projects and business case for platform-edge doors (meaning the so-called “suicide barriers”) in subway stations.


You can read the agenda for the meeting here. You can read the supplementary agenda for the meeting here.


Toronto Transit Commission meetings are public meetings. If you wish to speak to the Commission about an item on its agenda, e-mail the Co-ordinator — Secretariat Services at: gso@ttc.ca before noon today, Wednesday, September 29 (Better hurry!). You can find out more about making a deputation — or presentation — to the Commission here.

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