Update 2 October 23: At today’s meeting, the Commission referred this matter back to staff for clarification and revision of dates for some outstanding reports. This is a delicate way of saying “try harder”. A revised timetable will come back to the November meeting.
Original October 17 post:
David Crawford, who was browsing the TTC agenda, sent along the following tidbit.
I notice from the Report on outstanding business being presented to the Commission next week that another report is being brought to the Commission, IN APRIL 2009. After 4 years we may know why transit priority isn’t a priority!!
June 22, 2005 (Deputations)
Transit Priority on Spadina, Harbourfront and St. Clair
Vice-Chair Chow moved the following:
1. That staff be requested to take the necessary action to implement transit priority signalling on Spadina by September 2005 at all locations where it is not already active, with a report back in the Fall of 2006 on the impact.
2. That recommendations 2 to 6 embodied in Mr. Munro’s submission be forwarded to TTC staff and City Transportation staff, with a joint report back to the fall meetings of the TTC and Planning and Transportation Committee.
Report to be forwarded to Commission in April 2009.
The oldest item on the list of old business dates from 2002 and deals with transit shelters on College Street – that complex matter is supposed to be resolved in February 2009!
Let’s see. Then-Commissioner Chow has been elected, twice, to the House of Commons. Howard Moscoe is no longer Chair of the TTC. Fall 2005 came and went quite some time ago. Service on College Street does arrive slightly more often than once every seven years.
I know how much work it is to craft the finely-honed articles I publish here, and with the extensive gestation for these reports, we should see masterpieces! Of course, we may get an epic almost as long as the journey of the bold Spadina car, or an elegant haiku (brevity is the soul of wit, after all) inviting decades of speculation on the exact meaning of “priority”.
Updated 10:55 pm:
My deputation of June 22, 2005, to which staff were directed to respond, is linked for reference.
Another report request dates from May 2008 by Adam Giambrone who wants to know about the applicability of trolley buses to mjor TTC routes. The report is claimed to be coming back in September 2009.