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Toronto, Feb 12 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Mayor John Tory, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Chair Josh Colle and Budget Chief Gary Crawford announced today, ahead of City Council finalizing the 2018 budget, that they will invest more than $3 million in the reduce crowding in TTC, media reports said.
Toronto City Council is reported to present today with a motion in a meeting asking for grant approval of this investment to fight overcrowding.
Tory reportedly also asked the City Manager and the CEO of the TTC to have staff explore all possible means to accelerate the Transit Network Plan -- Prepared for Metrolinx by IBI Group 2017, including the Relief Line -- a future rapid transit line that would connect downtown Toronto to the Bloor-Danforth Subway east of the Don River.
“I know delays and crowding can be frustrating. I know people want an expanded transit system as soon as possible. I know how maddening it can be when transit and traffic don’t move in this city,” Tory was reported to state. “I want Toronto residents to know that I am dedicated to getting transit and traffic moving. I’m dedicated to building our entire transit network plan. I’m dedicated to making sure the TTC is doing everything possible to minimize delays and ease crowding.”
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This morning, the Mayor and TTC Chair outlined a 10-point plan to help relieve crowding on the TTC which are effective immediately. These are: addition of two subway trains to Line 1 service during the morning peak period which is in addition to the 61 trains that currently operate during the morning rush to move approximately 2,400 more people. Other features are: adjustments of overnight maintenance schedules to ensure better system reliability, more proactive checks by TTC on operating equipment, especially during periods of extreme cold or inclement weather, deployment of more platform staff at Yonge/Bloor and St. George stations to manage crowding, and improved monitoring with additional personnel at the Transit Operations Centre
The features which would be effective in the coming weeks and beyond include: enhancement of TTC's communications with riders and announcements across the system, exploration of possible options by TTC for lower fares during off-peak hours and a plan to use enhanced express bus service to help ease overcrowding on the Yonge Line during peak periods; Tory to discuss with Minister of Transportation and the Premier to ease overcrowding city and region-wide; a plan to chair a regular monthly meeting with senior city, TTC and Metrolinx -- Government of Ontario's agency created to improve the coordination and integration of all modes of transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area -- transit officials to track the progress of our transit expansion projects, including Relief Line
“Over the last four years, we have invested millions of dollars in the TTC. I have championed funding the state of good repair backlog at the TTC, something ignored for too long by past administrations,” Colle was reported to state. “We’re finally doing the hard work of upgrading the aging signal system on Line 1 which will help the system run more reliably and increase capacity for riders.”
"The proposed investments in fighting crowding on the TTC will ensure we are giving relief where possible, as soon as possible. The 2018 budget is once again good news for everyone who uses the TTC – we have made the bold decision to invest in the Hop on-Hop off transfer fare and to begin to phase in the Fair Fare pass for low income riders," Crawford was reported to state.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)