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Toronto Transit Commission
The board-specific requirements set out below have been updated to reflect the decision of City Council at its meeting of March 5, 6 and 7, 2012 (Item EX16.8).
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Toronto, ON M4S 1Z2
The Toronto Transit Commission moves 465 million people every year - about 1.6 million riders every weekday. The TTC is the third largest public transit system in North America servicing some 4.5 million people in the Greater Toronto Area, with a network of subways, streetcars, buses and Wheel Trans, a specialized service for people who require accessible transportation. The TTC is committed to meeting the growing needs of the region with subway and light rail expansion, carrying an additional 175 million riders by 2021.
The Commission is responsible for the consolidation, co-ordination and planning of all forms of local passenger transportation within the urban area of Toronto, except for railways incorporated under federal and provincial statutes and taxis.
The Commission's functions are to construct, maintain and operate a local passenger transportation system, and to establish new passenger transportation services where required. The Commission may also operate parking lots in connection with the transit system, and may enter into an agreement with municipalities or persons situated within 40 kilometres of Toronto to operate a local transportation service.
Board Size and Composition
The Toronto Transit Commission Board of Directors consists of 11 members composed of:
- 7 Council Members; and
- 4 citizen members.
Chair and Vice-Chair
City Council elects a Council Member as the chair of the Board of Directors upon the recommendation of the Striking Committee. The Board elects a vice-chair from amongst its citizen members.
Term of Office
Council members will serve for a 2-year term of office, at pleasure of City Council, or until successors are appointed, except in the initial term of office (those appointed on March 5th) who are appointed until November 30, 2014, or until successors are appointed.
Effective the October 30, 2012 City Council meeting, the composition of the Toronto Transit Commission will be increased from 7 to 11, by adding 4 citizen members appointed by City Council, whose term shall be:
- Citizen members will serve for a 4-year term of office, generally coinciding with the term of the Council that makes the appointments, at pleasure of City Council, or until successors are appointed; except in the initial term of office for citizen members, where the term will be for the balance of the 2010-2014 term of Council, or until successors are appointed;
- Citizen members will serve a maximum of 2 consecutive 4-year terms to a limit of 8 years, or until successors are appointed; except for maximum service for initial citizen members of one and a half consecutive terms of Council to a limit of 6 years, or until successors are appointed.
Meetings are held regularly once a month and additional meetings may be called.
Remuneration for citizen members of the Commission:
- $5,000 per year;
- $10,000 per year for the citizen Vice Chair of the Commission; and
- a per diem for citizen members of the Commission of $450 per meeting attended.
No remuneration is paid to Members of Council who serve on the Commission.
Citizen members are ineligible for appointment to the Board if they fail to satisfy the eligibility requirements for appointment as set out in the City's Public Appointments Policy.
Persons who are owners, employees or agents of companies that are engaged in business with the Toronto Transit Commission, or could be reasonably expected to engage in procurement opportunities with the Commission on transit related projects, shall not be considered for positions as citizen members on the Board of the Toronto Transit Commission.
Citizen members of the Board of Directors shall have directorship and executive-level experience and collectively represent a range of skills, knowledge and experience with one or more large organizations in the following areas:
- Strategic business management, including transformative change management;
- Financial management, accounting, law, engineering;
- Customer service or marketing management;
- Management or planning with a rail or public transit organization;
- Formulation and/or management of public-private partnerships;
- Capital project/construction management or capital procurement/supply chain management;
- Operations and information technology;
- Labour relations/industrial safety management;
- Professional knowledge and working experience of urban sustainability, intersectionality and inclusive governance; and
- Understanding and/or experience with Toronto Transit Commission operations.