TTC chair Josh Colle and Deputy Alan Hazy will speak at a meeting of the Council with the proposal to grant extended authority to the transportation company of Toronto, including the issuance of permits for taxi driving, management of Bicycle rental and management of road duties. If this is implemented, the proposals will transform transportation in Toronto to an organization that is responsible not only for the metro and buses, but also bicycles, trains, ferries and major roads.
“The focus of any transport authority of the city including the TTC, should be shifted from the position of the service provider to the organization, which controls the mobility and functioning of various types of transport in the city of Toronto, said in the petition. – Moving to a model similar to the London transport network, we will be able to coordinate and integrate the daily operations for transporting people more efficiently.”
In this extended single organization, TTC will:
• participate in licensing and issuance of permits for taxi service, car rental and Bicycle traffic;
• perform all responsibilities for the administration of Parking;
• manage pricing of roads;
• include in their structure other transit lines, not currently owned by the TTC, such as the Eglinton Crosstown.
The Council will forward the materials to study the feasibility and costs that would entail a reorganization of city departments. It is unclear how long it will take to implement.
A second petition, which will be considered, calls to give control of the urban transport service and ferry system Toronto.
Colle said he hopes that these proposals will translate public debate into the mainstream of the broader concept of “mobility”, which takes into account the various ways in which people can get from one place to another.
“Cities change, people move, and we, as a government, must keep pace with this,” said Colle.
And Colle and Hazy agree that the success of the London model of urban transport network so efficient because it integrates all forms of public transport in the framework of one regulatory body.
Hazy says that this type of integration is not in the greater Toronto area, where there are several agencies responsible for different aspects of transport policy and management.
“We need to start a dialogue with the ultimate goal of transit coordination on a city and regional basis,” said Hazy.