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ONTARIO

Courtesy of TTC

Rick Leary and his team
are doing their best to make
the TTC 'The Better Way' for
commuters, as its one-time
advertising slogans claim.
"It's a challenge to move
28,000 people per hour on
Line 1's aging infrastructure," he said. With the
limited funds the TTC has
at hand, "we have to balance investing in new signal systems, upgrading our
track and power, replacing
tunnel linings, making sure
ventilation and drainage is
appropriate, and moving
the amount of people that
are required-while at the
same time looking to the
future knowing that we have
to keep up with the growth
that is occurring."
It is growing demand on
the TTC-which already
has more traffic than it can
handle on Line 1 during
rush hours-that is making
life difficult for Leary. He
would prefer not to spend
money replacing the 1954era signalling system on Line
1, but that system "can only
handle 26-28 trains per hour
at Yonge and Bloor South,
and we know that we have to
get to 32-34 trains per hour
in the future. Aging infrastructure and older signal
systems don't accommodate
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STREETCAR OPERATORS
wave to one another
along Spadina Ave.

that type of throughput, so
we're upgrading now to be
ready for the future."
Rather than simply giving the TTC a much-needed cash influx and letting
Leary and his people get on
with the job, the Ford government has thrown the
situation into confusion
and delays with the Getting
Ontario Moving Act.
Of course, the Premier's
decision to recommit the
provincial government to
supporting mass transit directly could prove to be good
news for the TTC. (Reviewing
the funding legacy of Ford's
1990s predecessor Mike Harris, the Globe and Mail newspaper noted that "The transit
systems that make the cities
work are crumbling for lack
of funds.") But there is also
the danger that the TTC's
expansion plans, and day-today subway operations, may
be delayed and impaired in
this latest round of provincial/
municipal financial football.
If this happens, Rick
Leary's plans to make the
TTC run better today and be
ready for growth tomorrow
may indeed "gang aft a-gley,"
as Burns wrote.


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