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Transit Commissioner questions value of the TTC board of directors

Transit Commissioner Josh Colle says the TTC board's inability to set Toronto's transit agenda is a 'failing'

Transit Commissioners watch a presentation to the TTC board.
Photo: James Moore/NEWSTALK 1010

It's not the first time someone at City Hall has questioned whether the TTC should get rid of its Board of Directors.

What stands out this time is who was asking.

Transit Commissioner Josh Colle is frustrated by the TTC board's lack of political clout.

"To be honest, I don't even know why we have this commission," he says.

Colle, whose father is a former TTC Chair and who at one time challenged for the same position, does not mince words at Tuesday's meeting:

"I think its time we take a hard look at why this body even exists.  If we're just rubber-stamping (City) staff reports; there's no value in that."

Colle says the TTC might react and chime in on important issues, but it does not lead the discussion or shape the city's transit agenda in any meaningful way.  

The Eglinton-Lawrence city councillor says the Commission's 'failing' is not so much a problem with the people on the board but rather how it is structured.

TTC Chair Maria Augimieri says Colle's criticism raises valid points but believe the board can be given a stronger mandate with a few administrative policy changes.

"I want to look at how, administratively, the board could be changed," she says.

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  1. AbbyW posted on 08/19/2014 11:43 PM
    I find Josh Colle's comments laughable. Councillors on the TTC board are about as useful as they would be performing surgery. They are not professionals, merely amateurs injecting their socialist agenda into a billion dollar business. Examples as the st. Clair streetcar disaster are a perfect example of their incompetence, never mind the fact there was virtually no subway expansion for 30 years. They should stick to running a lemonade stand and let professionals do their job without councillors petty interference.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 08/20/2014 09:28 AM
      @AbbyW LOL.....yet so true...
      Well said here....
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