CANADA: Infrastructure Ontario and Greater Toronto transport agency Metrolinx have issued a request for qualifications seeking parties interested in a contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the planned Hurontario Light Rail Transit project.
The 20 km line to the west of Toronto would run from Port Credit GO station in Mississauga to the Gateway Terminal at Steeles Avenue in Brampton. The 22 stops would include connections to GO Transit’s Milton and Lakeshore West commuter rail routes and local bus services.
Hurontario would be the first LRT project procured by Metrolinx and IO through a DBFOM contract. Responses to the RFQ will be evaluated for relevant experience and financial capacity, with pre-qualified teams then invited to respond to a request for proposals in spring 2017.
Earlier this year Metrolinx awarded CH2M, Boxfish, Comtech and Turner & Townsend a programme management consultancy contract covering the Hurontario and Hamilton light rail projects, while AECOM has a seven-year contract to provide advisory services.
IO said the Hurontario LRT project would double transport capacity on the corridor, offering significantly improved journey times and helping to ‘transform Hurontario Street into a vibrant people-oriented corridor’.
'People should be able to move around their cities quickly and efficiently, whether they drive a car, ride a bike, or rely on public transit', said Minister of Infrastructure Bob Chiarell on October 18. ‘The Hurontario LRT will improve on the options available to Mississauga and Brampton residents and visitors while increasing the quality of travel and life for everyone in the region.’