While I was at the TTC today, I took the oppurtunity to find out what is going on with this endless project. Here’s an update.
The Ramps at St. Clair West
Due to problems with the contractor (no specifics), the work has been on hold. However, the impasse is now resolved, work has (or will shortly) resume and completion is planned for the end of October.
The New Shelters
The now-and-forever project to install new shelters on the completed portion of the line is getting rather comic. They were supposed to come in August, then in September and now they might get here this month, but don’t hold your breath. October, maybe. Considering how long ago this line was designed, the idea that we are only now getting delivery of the shelters is a huge joke.
Why Are The Buses Not On The Right Of Way?
It seems that the buses are afraid of falling off because of clearance problems. Of course, if they hadn’t put those dumb centre poles on the right-of-way, this would not be an issue.
I cannot help thinking that all of these and similar problems are rooted in what passes for design and project management. The TTC can run an efficient project (just look at the recent reconstruction at Kennedy Station), but some on some projects everything that can go wrong does. They can’t blame it all on SOS or Hydro.