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Toronto Transit Commission meets, May 27

The Toronto Transit Commission meets this Wednesday, May 27 at 1 p.m. in the Committee Room #1, Second Floor, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.

The commission is the TTC’s board of directors. It oversees matters of policy and planning, building, maintaining and operating the TTC system and expanding its services and facilities.

Commissioners include City of Toronto councillors and members of the public.

During this meeting, the commissioners will consider staff recommendations to improve off-peak introduce more off-peak service along 43 bus routes. If the commissioners agree, the TTC would restore periods of service that it cut in May 2011 to meet City of Toronto budget targets. Twenty of the 122 service improvements, along five routes, are new periods of service that the TTC has never operated before. With these changes, the TTC will provide “all-day, every-day service” along most of its routes.

Staff are also recommending seven new overnight services and changing or extending 11 other overnight routes. The TTC intends to expand its overnight network to 31 routes so that most Torontonians are within a 15-minute walk to night transit services.

These reports provide details on general proposals that the TTC had previously announced, as part of its 2015 budget submission to City Council. Toronto Mayor John Tory and the chair of the Toronto Transit Commission, Councillor Josh Colle re-announced the changes to off-peak and overnight services during an on-street media event on Kennedy Road at Glamorgan Drive yesterday, Sunday, May 24.

The TTC proposes to introduce most of these changes, starting Sunday, September 6. It will extend the 353 Steeles overnight route to York University’s Keele Campus starting in July to provide night service to the university in time for the PanAm Games. It will implement two of the off-peak service changes in 2016, when it has more buses available.

During the meeting, the commissioners will discuss, among other items, staff reports recommending that they approve:

  • new off-peak services. You can read the report here. (.pdf)
  • new overnight services. You can read the report here. (.pdf)
  • construction of a new entrance to Lawrence Station. You can read the report here. (.pdf)
  • a third-party assessment of the effects of the streetcar right-of-way along St. Clair Avenue. You can read the report here. (.pdf)

They will also review:

  • the Chief Executive Officer’s report for May 2015. You can read the report here. (.pdf)

You can view the agenda for the meeting here.

Toronto Transit Commission meetings are public meetings — anyone may attend. If you wish to speak to the commission about an item on its agenda during this meeting, e-mail the Co-ordinator — Secretariat Services at: before noon tomorrow, Tuesday, May 26.

You can find out more about making a deputation — or presentation — to the commission here.

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