November 19, 1998.
To:Strategic Policies and Priorities Committee
Re:1998 Wheel-Trans Budget - Update
The Budget Committee on November 18, 1998 recommended to the Strategic Policies
and Priorities Committee and Council that the Toronto Transit Commission Report No.
15, entitled, "1998 Wheel-trans Budget - Update" from the meeting of the Toronto
Transit Commission on November 4, 1998, be received and considered as part of the
Budget Committee deliberations on the 1999 Operating Budget.
The Budget Committee on November 18, 1998, had before it a communication (November 5,
1998) from the General Secreatary, Toronto Transit Commission, forwarding Toronto Transit
Commission Report No. 15, entitled, "1998 Wheel-Trans Budget - Update".
Item No. 6
c.Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Director of Budgets
Chief Administrative Officer
Chief General Manager, Toronto Transit Commission
General Secretary, Toronto Transit Commission
(Communication dated November 5, 1998 addressed to the
City Clerk from the
General Manager, Toronto Transit Commission)
At its meeting on Wednesday, November 4, 1998, the Commission considered the attached
report entitled, "1998 Wheel-Trans Budget - Update"
The Commission received the report for information, and requested that a copy be forwarded
to the Budget Committee with a request that they provide additional 1998 Wheel-trans
funding of $625,000 which is required to met additional demand for service, legal expenses
associated with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms challenge and increased Orion fleet
The foregoing is forwarded to the Budget Committee for consideration at its meeting on
November 18, 1998.
(Report No. 15 from the Toronto Transit Commission from its meeting on
November 4, 1998 regarding the
1998 Wheel-Trans Budget - Update
That the Commission receive this report for information and for transmission to the city of
Toronto Budget Committee to request additional 1998 Wheel-Trans Operating Funding of
$625,000 required to meet additional demand for service, legal expenses associated with the
charter of Rights and Freedoms challenge and increased Orion fleet maintenance.
On June 17, 1998, the Commission approved the Wheel-Trans Budget Update report which
requested additional funding of $625,000 in order to meet the increased demand for
Wheel-Trans service costs associated with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms challenge of
the Wheel-trans application process and Eligibility Criteria, and additional costs of
maintaining the aging fleet of Orion buses.
The City of Toronto Urban and Economic Development Committee, at its meeting of July 13,
1998, recommended adoption of the report and that same day the City Budget Committee
recommended Wheel-Trans provide sufficient service to achieve a 2-3% unaccommodated
rate for the balance of 1998 and to report back in November on the source of funding.
Due to a longer than anticipated approval process, the additional taxi service required to meet
increased demand was not put in place until August. As a result, Wheel-Trans will spend
approximately $260,000 of the $400,000 originally requested in order to achieve a 2-3%
unaccommodated rate from mid-August to year end.
To date, the costs incurred in the Charter Challenge are approximately $240,000, or $90,000
over the original request of $150,000.
The additional funding of $75,000 to maintain the aging fleet of Orion buses will be expended
to meet scheduled service levels.
The following table reflects anticipated spending in each of the areas.
WHEEL-TRANS FUNDING REQUEST
*The Charter Challenge continues to require expenditures for legal services which may result
in additional funding required by year end 1998. If further funding is required, it will be the
subject of a Commission Report.
In order to meet the revised 1998 trip demand, the $38.2M Wheel-Trans Operating Budget
will be fully expended. Therefore, the additional funding cannot be accommodated within this