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TTC debates deal on subway screens

KEVIN MCGRAN
TRANSPORTATION REPORTER

A plan to replace outdated Metron screens that show the time and public information on subway platforms with large multi-message flat-screen TVs is on hold because the TTC wants a better deal.

“The public information on the screen is too small; nobody can see them unless they’re close up,” said TTC chairman Howard Moscoe. “The content needs to be revised because there has to be more public information, less advertising.”

For the money the TTC is paying, Moscoe also wants the 132 old screens replaced by up to 264 of the new, flat screens.

OneStop Communications won the bid to replace the Metron screens, agreeing to pay the TTC about $770,000 over seven years. OneStop will buy, install and operate the screens — complete with the right to run ads — for seven years. After that, the TTC will own the screens.

Mike Girgis, president of OneStop, said Friday he would talk to Moscoe to try to resolve the issues.

The Metron screens show the time and scroll public information, although they break down frequently. The new flat screens will have the look of an all-news station like CP24, showing the time, the weather, a scroll of news and public information. But the biggest part of the screen will be devoted to ads.

At this month’s TTC commissioners meeting, critics spoke against the new screens, saying there was too much advertising on them. They also said the areas devoted to public interest were too small and that would lead to crowding in areas where the screens were located.

TTC staff also released a survey that said passengers overwhelmingly liked the new screens, which were tested at Yonge-Bloor, St. George and Eglinton subway stations.

“The consumer satisfaction that the report gushed at, I have trouble accepting,” said Moscoe.

The matter will come up again at next month’s TTC commissioners meeting. “The thing will be given a rough ride,” said Moscoe. “Some members of the commission are looking at the financials and are saying: did we really get a good deal?”




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