Transit Commission


Meeting #:
Champlain Room, 110 Laurier Avenue West, and by electronic participation
  • Chair Glen Gower, 
  • Vice-Chair Cathy Curry, 
  • Councillor Riley Brockington, 
  • Councillor Marty Carr, 
  • Councillor Jeff Leiper, 
  • Councillor Wilson Lo, 
  • Councillor Shawn Menard, 
  • and Councillor Tim Tierney 
  • Councillor David Hill 

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Except where otherwise indicated, reports requiring Council consideration will be presented to Council on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, in Transit Commission Report 10.

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No Declarations of Interest were filed.

File No. ACS2024-FCS-FSP-0002 – City-wide

  • Report Recommendation(s)

    That the Transit Commission recommend that Council:

    1. Approve the budget adjustments as detailed in Document 1;
    2. Approve the closing of the capital project identified in Document 2;
    3. Return to source or (fund) the following balances and eliminate debt authority from the budget adjustments and capital account closure:
      • Transit Capital Supported Reserve:  $20,232,778
      • Development Charges: ($378,000)
      • Debt Authority: $6,635,000
    4. Authorize staff to perform the necessary financial adjustments as detailed in Documents 1 and 2.
    Carried as amended
  • Moved byR. Brockington

    WHEREAS additional capital adjustments were identified after the agenda was released on January 30, 2024, which require changes to the Report and supporting Document 1; 

    WHEREAS these capital adjustments have a net zero impact on the overall financials noted in the report but require Council approval;

    WHEREAS the revised Report and Document 1 were distributed to Council and published on the City’s agendas and minutes web portal on February 7, 2024;

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Transit Commission amend the section entitled “Recommendation 1 - Budget Adjustments Requiring Council Approval” of the Report as follows:

    Document 1 presents the budget adjustments requiring Council approval.

    The overall impact of the departmental budget adjustments is a net decrease of $27.731 million in the previously approved net budget authority for the projects listed in Document 1. This resulted in capital funding decreases from Transit Capital reserves of $21.474 million and $6.635 million of transit debt plus funding increases of $378,000 for development charges. Included is a transfer of capital authority in support of 2024 costs to recruit, train and onboard additional operating staff to maintain service reliability, open O-Train Lines 2 and 4 in 2024 and be ready to test and open the eastern extension of O-Train Line 1 in 2025. The reduction in capital accounts from which the transfers would be made will not have an effect on transit service quality. The return of funds to reserves will provide funding and mitigation, to help offset any 2023 shortfall.

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Transit Commission amend the report’s supporting Document 1 by adding an additional row, attached to this motion and on file with the City Clerk, to the bottom of the table on page 1.


File No. ACS2024-TSD-SRTD-0001 – City-wide

  • Report recommendation(s)

    That Transit Commission receive this report for information.


There were no in camera items.

Submitted by Vice-Chair C. Curry on behalf of Councillor S. Plante:

With respect to snow clearing operations at Para Transpo stops, can staff please provide the following information:

  1. How many posted Para Transpo stops are there, and where are they? (List of locations, or on a map, would be helpful).
  2. Where is this information available to the public?
  3. What is the policy/documented operational practice for snow clearing at posted Para Transpo stops? (is the stated policy that they do not clear the stops? Where is that written? Who’s policy is it?)
  4. What is the policy/documented operational practice for clearing regular bus stops? (For comparison)
  5. What is the rationale for the policies in questions 2 and 3 (such as why are they cleared, or why are they not cleared).
  6. How are the different posted Para Transpo stops treated differently (such as if it's on private property, city property, CCOC, or other property.)

There was no other business.

Next Meeting: Monday, March 18, 2024.

The meeting adjourned at 2:13 pm.