Item - 2015.EX1.12

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on December 11, 2014 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Executive Committee on December 5, 2014 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on December 11, 2014.
  • See also Item EX1.6

EX1.12 - Request for Report on Review of SmartTrack and Regional Express Rail Plans

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

 City Council on December 11, 2014, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council direct the City Manager, in collaboration with the Toronto Transit Commission and the Provincial Government and its agencies, to bring forward an interim report to the January 22, 2015 meeting of Executive Committee to provide an accelerated work plan for a review of the SmartTrack and Regional Express Rail plans, including the required transit and urban planning rationale utilizing a gender equity lens, environmental assessment, business case analysis, and implementation schedule.

 

2.         City Council authorize the City Manager to retain the following specialized services to support the review of the SmartTrack plan:

 

a.           the University of Toronto to support the planning analysis and required transit modeling;

 

b.           Strategic Regional Research Associates for assessing development scenarios along the SmartTrack alignment; and

 

c.           Third party peer reviewers of all SmartTrack analysis.

 

3.         City Council direct the City Manager to include in the assessment of development scenarios along the SmartTrack alignment referenced in Part 2.b. above, the density impacts for adjoining neighbourhoods and planning analysis for the proximity of the tracks to the residential neighbourhoods and the impacts to be considered with a 15 minute service level.

 

4.         City Council direct the City Manager to provide to Members a copy of the terms of reference and/or scope of work for the specialized services being retained to support the review of the SmartTrack plan referenced in Part 2 above.

 

5.         City Council amend the 2015 Interim Estimates report contained in Item EX1.6 to include additional funding of up to $750,000 in the 2015 interim capital estimates, reflecting 50 percent of the Transit Expansion Initiatives capital project to conduct the various studies, and analyses, as outlined in Parts 1 and 2 above.

 

6.         City Council authorize the City Manager to engage Provincial and Federal officials and Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area municipalities as needed to review the SmartTrack and Regional Express Rail implementation plans and to pursue required partnership funding.

Background Information (Committee)

(December 4, 2014) Letter from Mayor John Tory on Request for Report on Review of SmartTrack and Regional Express Rail Plans
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-73931.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(December 10, 2014) E-mail from Sharon Yetman (CC.New.EX1.12.1)
(December 11, 2014) Submission from Councillor Paula Fletcher, Ward 30, Toronto-Danforth - Extract of Items PG14.9 and MM22.19 (CC.New.EX1.12.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cc/comm/communicationfile-50521.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Out of Order)

That, in the event staff are directed to conduct a study on the Sheppard Subway, City Council direct the City Manager to consult stakeholders and conduct traffic studies that take into account proposed development along Sheppard Avenue.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata ruled motion 1 by Councillor Karygiannis out of order as the Sheppard subway is not the matter before Council.


2 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That City Council amend Executive Committee Recommendation 1 so that it now reads as follows:

 

1.         City Council direct the City Manager, in collaboration with the Toronto Transit Commission and the Provincial Government and its agencies, to bring forward an interim report to the January 22, 2015 meeting of Executive Committee to provide an accelerated work plan for a review of the SmartTrack and Regional Express Rail plans, including the required transit and urban planning rationale utilizing a gender equity lens, environmental assessment, business case analysis, and implementation schedule.

Vote (Amend Item) Dec-11-2014 3:30 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX1.12 - Wong-Tam - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 41 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Frank Di Giorgio, Rob Ford
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Maria Augimeri, Ron Moeser

3 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paula Fletcher (Carried)

That:

 

1.  City Council direct the City Manager to provide to Members a copy of the terms of reference and/or scope of work for the specialized services being retained to support the review of the SmartTrack plan referenced in Recommendation 2.

 

2.  City Council direct the City Manager to include in the assessment of development scenarios along the SmartTrack alignment in Recommendation 2.b., the density impacts for adjoining neighbourhoods and planning analysis for the proximity of the tracks to the residential neighbourhoods and the impacts to be considered with a 15 minute service level.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Dec-11-2014 3:31 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX1.12 - Fletcher - motion 3
Total members that voted Yes: 42 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Rob Ford
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Maria Augimeri, Ron Moeser

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

As it pertains to Executive Committee Recommendations 1 to 3, as amended.

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Dec-11-2014 3:34 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX1.12 - Adopt the item as amended - Parts 1, 2 and 3
Total members that voted Yes: 42 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Rob Ford
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Maria Augimeri, Ron Moeser

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

As it pertains to Executive Committee Recommendation 4.

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Dec-11-2014 3:35 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX1.12 - Adopt the item as amended - Part 4
Total members that voted Yes: 42 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Rob Ford
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Maria Augimeri, Ron Moeser

Rulings (City Council)

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata ruled Councillor Karygiannis's questions out of order as they were beyond the scope of the Item under consideration.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata ruled Councillor Mammoliti's questions out of order as they were beyond the scope of the Item under consideration.

EX1.12 - Request for Report on Review of SmartTrack and Regional Express Rail Plans

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

 The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council direct the City Manager, in collaboration with the Toronto Transit Commission and the Provincial Government and its agencies, to bring forward an interim report to the January 22, 2015 meeting of Executive Committee to provide an accelerated work plan for a review of the SmartTrack and Regional Express Rail plans, including the required planning, environmental assessment, business case analysis, and implementation schedule.

 

2.         City Council authorize the City Manager to retain the following specialized services to support the review of the SmartTrack plan:

 

a.           the University of Toronto to support the planning analysis and required transit modeling;

b.           Strategic Regional Research Associates for assessing development scenarios along the SmartTrack alignment; and

c.           Third party peer reviewers of all SmartTrack analysis.

 

3.         City Council amend the 2015 Interim Estimates report (EX1.6) to include additional funding of up to $750,000 in the 2015 interim capital estimates, reflecting 50 percent of the Transit Expansion Initiatives capital project to conduct the various studies, and analyses, as outlined in Recommendation 1 and 2 above.

 

4.         City Council authorize the City Manager to engage provincial and federal officials and Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area municipalities as needed to review the SmartTrack and Regional Express Rail implementation plans and to pursue required partnership funding.

Origin

(December 4, 2014) Letter from Mayor John Tory

Summary

The SmartTrack plan is a cornerstone of my election platform. Moving forward on SmartTrack requires an informed public debate and City Council's direction to proceed with this vital transit expansion initiative.  An analysis of the SmartTrack plan to consider its public policy and cost/benefit implications, based on sound and objective evidence is the necessary first step in its delivery.

 

During my first meeting with Premier Wynne we agreed that the City of Toronto must work closely with the Province when considering and implementing SmartTrack which we both see as complementary to the Province's vision for transit in our region. Both Premier Wynne and I were pleased to confirm to the public following our meeting that our respective officials are already working together to identify these implications and collect the relevant facts and evidence.

 

The SmartTrack plan depends on the success of the provincial Regional Express Rail (RER) plan and their 2014 Budget commitment to transform the regional transportation system by providing significant new travel choices across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. A committed working relationship and collaboration across city and provincial officials is required to integrate the SmartTrack plan with the Metrolinx RER initiative.

 

With the support of City Council, I will be formally asking the City Manager to work with my office to coordinate a review of the SmartTrack plan in close collaboration with the Toronto Transit Commission and the Provincial Government and its agencies. The review will require appropriate resourcing to expedite various studies, including planning and environmental assessments, business case, and system integration analysis.  All resulting evidence and options will be brought forward to Council for their deliberation.

 

The SmartTrack plan also depends on successful partnership and collaboration with the federal government and Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area municipalities. City, Provincial and Federal investments in transit expansion must be aligned with economic development strategies, both in the city and the region. This is the vision that we must communicate and advance with provincial and federal government and regional municipalities with the goal of creating a long term partnership to finance and implement this vital transit expansion plan. With City Council's support, I will be working to enhance our intergovernmental relations to advance the SmartTrack initiative.

 

To immediately move forward on the SmartTrack initiative, I am recommending the attached actions for Executive Committee's consideration.

Background Information

(December 4, 2014) Letter from Mayor John Tory on Request for Report on Review of SmartTrack and Regional Express Rail Plans
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-73931.pdf

Speakers

Councillor Janet Davis
Councillor Gord Perks

Motions

Motion to Add New Business at Committee moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Carried)

Motion to Adopt Item moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Dec-05-2014

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 13 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Gary Crawford, Frank Di Giorgio, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council