Today’s Commission meeting included one of the more embarrassing presentations I have seen at the TTC in some time. It wasn’t meant that way, but that’s how it came off. The topic was the Subway Service Improvement Plan.
The first problem was that this is really two reports in one. The first major topic is delays, their causes and what the TTC is doing or can do to reduce them. This material was presented in a less than thrilling manner, and most Commissioners were visibly not paying attention.
The second topic was the subway car fleet plan. This has always been something of a black art influenced as much by whatever size order Bombardier needs to have for Thunder Bay this week rather than solid planning. However, when the TTC’s own numbers don’t add up and there are blatant mistakes in the analysis, that’s when it gets embarrassing.
The report is not available online, and you will have to take my word for the material as I don’t feel like scanning the whole thing in. A warning for the faint of heart. This post contains a lot of numbers and a discussion of service levels and fleet requirements. If this isn’t your cup of tea, skip the rest of this item. Continue reading