Updated January 15: The TTC agenda for this month reveals that the report requested in June 2005 may now be presented in March 2010. I am not holding my breath.
In case you’re wondering, positions 2 through 4 in the queue are occupied by three requests from Vice-Chair Mihevc dating from 2007.
Original post from December 14, 2009:
On June 22, 2005, I gave a presentation at the TTC called Transit Priority on Spadina, Harbourfront and St. Clair. In response to this, then Vice-Chair Olivia Chow moved:
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.
The request was referred to Rick Cornacchia who is now the General Manager of Operations, a post formerly held by Gary Webster, now the TTC’s Chief General Manager. The fall of 2005 came and went with no reports, and in the periodic list of outstanding Commission requests, this motion now holds top rank as the oldest outstanding request. A report was supposed to come forward to the meeting on December 16, 2009, but there is nothing in the agenda.
In the midst of the TTC’s many problems, kvetching about this may seem to be small change, but the underlying issue is not. Many of the complaints about existing operations on private rights-of-way focus on the inadequacy of so-called priority signalling which in some cases actually hinders rather than helps transit operations. This affects both the credibility of the TTC in providing service and in designing the new Transit City routes where speeds considerably in excess of those now achieved by buses is advertised.
Some small changes appear to have happened on Harbourfront as reported by others on this site. If there actually is ongoing progress and improvement, one would expect at least a status report. If there are specific locations where changes cannot or should not be made, the reasons for such a stance should explained.
One almost wishes that now MP-Chow would run for and be elected Mayor next fall. Her report might be ready by then.
(My previous article on this subject from May 2009 includes a link to the 2005 presentation.)