Staff Report #11 Re: 2019 Work Program – Fleet & Facilities – Second Quarter Update

Staff Report #11

August 28, 2019

To All Commissioners

Re: 2019 Work Program – Fleet & Facilities – Second Quarter Update


The report be NOTED and FILED.


The following report is provided as an update on major projects as set out in the 2019 Work Program that are ongoing in nature and were scheduled to commence and/or to be completed in the second quarter, with the lead on same being the primary responsibility of Fleet & Facilities.

Facility Upgrades – Highbury & Wonderland Facilities

The upgrades included in the 2019 capital program relate to both facilities. Projects included in the facility upgrade capital program are intended to ensure the facilities are maintained in a state of good repair as well as to address any issues identified by the Occupational Health and Safety Committee.

Projects that were completed in the second quarter include:

  • Asphalt repairs and replacement at Highbury
  • Ongoing lighting upgrades/replacement in the maintenance area
  • Additional landscape work around the 450 Highbury property
  • Hoist 19 rear post replacement

The remainder of the 2019 projects include:

  • Replacement lighting at both facilities
  • Concrete floor replacement in C Barn (Highbury)
  • Stairs and railing replacement on roof top of A&B Barn (Highbury)
  • Roof top repairs around air make-up units

Remaining Capital Programs relating to Asset Management

Projects included in the Shop/Garage Equipment program which have been completed include:

  • Diagnostic tools to assist mechanics in troubleshooting wiring issues on the bus fleet
  • Replacement of cameras around the facility that were no longer functional
  • Ongoing replacement of tool boxes for mechanics at both facilities

Service Fleet Replacement:

  • Bus Expansion/Replacement programs have commenced. The first four buses are scheduled to be delivered in late October; the remainder of the fleet will have a final delivery date at the end of the fourth quarter. All buses are planned to be in service by the start of the first quarter in 2020.

Ministry of Transportation Regulatory Amendments

A standing item on the annual Work Program is the monitoring and compliance with all Ministry of Transportation (MTO) regulations and amendments. The MTO has changed their practice on required MTO inspection audits for all commercial sites. As of January 2019 the MTO maintains an ongoing updated list of vehicles in the London Transit fleet, broken down by each facility. Given there is no advance notice of audits, there was historically no way to know which facility the buses that were selected by MTO for audit would be. This list helps the MTO streamline the auditing process, and allows the officers to complete their audit with fewer disruptions to service. Audits in the last decade have resulted in zero violations.

Night Shift Review

The Director of Human Resources, ATU Local 741 President and Vice President and the writer formed a working group to undertake a review of the Night Shift at the Highbury location. To date, the working group have interviewed employees, gathered statistical data on the job tasks to be completed on the night shift and reviewed staffing issues. Next phase will be to analyze the information gathered, draft recommendations for improvements with input from the night shift and present same to the General Manager.

Recommended by:

Craig Morneau, Director of Fleet & Facilities

Concurred in by:

Kelly S. Paleczny, General Manager