10/31/2012 06:32 EDT | Updated 12/31/2012 05:12 EST

TTC to notify residents of construction plans following complaints

TORONTO - Developing a system to give residents earlier warnings about transit construction projects is a new priority for the Toronto Transit Commission.

Toronto city council voted Wednesday to require the TTC to create an early warning procedure so that councillors and residents will be informed of new construction as soon as possible.

The proposal arose from a report by ombudsman Karen Crean regarding complaints that the TTC did not properly notify residents of development plans.

The report alleges the TTC did not inform residents about its plan to bulldoze several homes for a second subway exit to Donlands station and Greenwood station.

TTC chief executive officer Andy Byford says he wants the commission to start being "good neighbours" to residents of communities where it is doing work.

The TTC has until Feb. 1, 2013 to hammer out the details of the warning procedure.