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TTC Board backs CEO's call for transit improvements

Nine proposals to speed up service on the TTC will be part of 2015's transit budget request

A TTC bus makes its way down Dundas Street.
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A slate of upgrades to TTC service proposed by CEO Andy Byford has been backed by the Transit Commission.

Commissioners voted unanimously to support the request on Tuesday, which was part of the CEO's regular report.

Byford's proposal was a 'wish list' of measures his report calls "simpler, cheaper, and faster to implement than major rapid transit investments."

They include plans to put more buses on the streets.

It calls for express bus service on 20 routes across Toronto, as well as service every 10 minutes at bus and streetcar stops along some lines.

Overnight service would be expanded in some areas.

Byford is also calling for the TTC to allow boarding of streetcars and some buses at the rear doors, a plan aimed at cutting down on traffic delays but one that also requires fare inspectors to be hired to enforce the proof-of-payment system.

The report also recommends TTC fares expire within 2 hours of being issued.

The changes stand to be costly.

They would require $288 million in purchases, like buses and other equipment 2015 and 2019.

That's in addition to another $65 million per year to cover things like labour, fuel, and maintenance, as of 2018.

Transit Commissioners adopted Byford's report but it will not be put into action immediately.

The TTC will have to make a pitch for the funding to make the improvements when 2015 city budget deliberations start next year.

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  1. frankling posted on 08/19/2014 05:50 PM
    City council has to forget this notion that every improvement means more spending. It doesn't. Find the money in savings and then implement the changes. That way every improvement leads to a leaner healthier organization. For example, put back the token machines, remove ticket takers. Transfer ticket takers to rear door streetcar duty. Easy Peasy. Throw some express buses on King and Queen at rush hour.
  2. frankling posted on 08/19/2014 05:51 PM
    City council has to forget this notion that every improvement means more spending. It doesn't. Find the money in savings and then implement the changes. That way every improvement leads to a leaner healthier organization. For example, put back the token machines, remove ticket takers. Transfer ticket takers to rear door streetcar duty. Easy Peasy. Throw some express buses on King and Queen at rush hour.
  3. frankling posted on 08/19/2014 05:51 PM
    City council has to forget this notion that every improvement means more spending. It doesn't. Find the money in savings and then implement the changes. That way every improvement leads to a leaner healthier organization. For example, put back the token machines, remove ticket takers. Transfer ticket takers to rear door streetcar duty. Easy Peasy. Throw some express buses on King and Queen at rush hour.
  4. frankling posted on 08/19/2014 05:51 PM
    City council has to forget this notion that every improvement means more spending. It doesn't. Find the money in savings and then implement the changes. That way every improvement leads to a leaner healthier organization. For example, put back the token machines, remove ticket takers. Transfer ticket takers to rear door streetcar duty. Easy Peasy. Throw some express buses on King and Queen at rush hour.
  5. frankling posted on 08/19/2014 05:51 PM
    City council has to forget this notion that every improvement means more spending. It doesn't. Find the money in savings and then implement the changes. That way every improvement leads to a leaner healthier organization. For example, put back the token machines, remove ticket takers. Transfer ticket takers to rear door streetcar duty. Easy Peasy. Throw some express buses on King and Queen at rush hour.
  6. Jack posted on 08/19/2014 06:44 PM
    As long as there are still lazy, irritable union members taking naps in the ticket booths, there will still be room at the TTC to cut employees and repurpose that money for USEFUL purposes instead.
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