CANADA: Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have appointed a group of companies led by HDR as Technical Adviser for Toronto’s Ontario Line metro project.

The partnership of HDR, Mott MacDonald, Stantec, Systra and Comtech will provide a range of planning, engineering, environmental, design and construction oversight services for the C$10·9bn project.

The 16 km metro line from Ontario Place/Exhibition Place to the Ontario Science Centre is intended to serve fast-growing areas such as Liberty Village, as well as underserviced priority neighbourhoods including Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park. It is planned to have 15 stations and is expected to serve 400 000 passengers/day.

‘The Ontario Line represents an exciting investment for Toronto, one that will not only provide relief for the existing subway system but will also create connections with the existing and planned transit network’, said HDR Senior Vice-President Tyrone Gan.

According to HDR, initial planning and design work has already begun, with service estimated to start by 2027.

The Ontario Line is one of four projects announced in the Province of Ontario’s 2019 Budget as part of its Subway Transit Plan for the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area. Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have awarded contracts for the provision of legal services during the programme to McCarthy Tetrault, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin and Blakes, Cassels & Graydon.