At its November meeting, the TTC considered various matters other than the 2013 budgets on which I have already reported.
The new “citizen” members of the TTC were sworn into office: Maureen Adamson, Nick Di Donato, Alan Heisey and Anju Virmani. Ms. Adamson was elected Vice-Chair of the Commission under a new Council-approved structure where the Vice-Chair is chosen from the citizen member ranks. At this point we know little of where the newcomers will take the Commission beyond background articles such as one in The Star.
Although they may claim to be focused on customer priorities, whether this will survive the political onslaught of budget constraints and the organizational morass of “TTC culture” remains to be seen. Commissioners tend to catch a “TTC disease” when it becomes easier to defend what the TTC has done and the official management outlook than to ask difficult questions, publicly, about how things could be better. At least there is a CEO in place whose goals lie in improvement, not in justifying more of the same.