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Visitor centre would roll out TTC's story

Published On Fri Feb 19 2010

Tess Kalinowski
Transportation Reporter

Cities such as New York, San Francisco and London, England, attract tourists, history buffs and transit fans to museums dedicated to their unique transportation systems.

The TTC is considering doing something similar, preserving its history in a transit museum.

While the idea is still being studied, a vacant bus garage across from the Coxwell subway station is considered the front-runner location for what’s being called a transit visitor or interpretation centre.

On Wednesday, councillors on the Toronto Transit Commission approved the second phase of a study that would look at how the facility could be governed, including a possible not-for-profit board that would raise funds to support the venture.

“We see (the Toronto centre) as more than a place to display historic vehicles,” said Ted Silberberg of Lord Cultural Resources, the company hired to study the idea.

But not all TTC commissioners agreed with the plan. “This certainly should not be a priority for the commission now,” said Peter Milczyn. He voted against a second phase of the $120,000 study.