City Council Leadership and Action on Key Issues
Dateline September 2004 - St. Clair Avenue upgrade - City Council approved a project that will establish dedicated streetcar lanes along St. Clair Avenue West between Yonge and Keele Streets. Existing streetcar tracks needed to be replaced and the Toronto Transit Commission favoured the approved plan, which will improve public transit service, reduce traffic congestion and make the street safer for drivers and pedestrians. The City expanded the project to include other improvements such as "streetscaping" and new lighting to make the street attractive for residents, shoppers and businesses along St. Clair.
Dateline March 2005 - New Buses - City Council adopted a 2005 budget for the City of Toronto which includes funding for 100 additional buses for suburban routes. In April the TTC announced that 150 new buses have arrived so far in 2005 with another 100 to come. Over 800 new buses will be in Toronto by 2007 - over 1/2 of the TTC's fleet.
Dateline June 2005 – Rack It and Rocket - a one-year pilot program to put bike racks on buses, so that cyclists can take their bikes with them on designated routes. The bike rack pilot program started June 19, 2005, with buses equipped with a rack that can hold up to two bikes.
Dateline September 2005 – Transferable Metropasses - On the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the TTC's Metropass in 1980, the City announced that Metropasses will now be transferable and good for any one person riding at a time.
Dateline September 2005 - Green Fleets - In a step towards "Greening the Bus Fleet", the TTC launched a nine-month bio-fuel test on 180 buses. The project, testing a bio-diesel fuel that is a mixture of vegetable oil and diesel, focuses on two areas: environmental performance in TTC service conditions and evaluation of test results from other transit properties.
Dateline December 2005 - Spadina Subway Extension - City Council endorsed an environmental assessment study for the Spadina subway line, which recommends a 6.2-kilometre extension of the subway from Downsview station to York University and Steeles Avenue in the northwest part of Toronto. The proposed inter-regional extension would have stations at Sheppard Avenue, the Keele Street and Finch Avenue intersection, the York University Commons, and Steeles Avenue in Vaughan. City Council agreed to ask the federal government to invest $10 billion to expand the subway and commuter rail network in the Greater Toronto Area.