Canada, Hurontario Light Rail Request for Proposals Issued

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) on 17 August 2017 to three shortlisted teams to Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Maintain the Hurontario Light Rail Transit project.

A Request for Qualifications had shortlisted in June 2017 the top three teams based on their construction, design, operation and maintenance capability, their experience, their qualified personnel and their financial capacity to deliver the project.

The teams, named Hurontario Light Rail Connection Partners (HLCP), Mobilinx, and Trillium Transit Partners, will now complete for the contract.

The shortlisted teams and their prime team members are:

The Scope of Work includes the following requirements:

-20 km of new dedicated rapid transit between Port Credit GO Station in Mississauga (south of Toronto Pearson International Airport) to the Gateway Terminal in Brampton (northwest of Toronto Pearson International Airport)
-22 stops with connections to GO Transit’s Milton and Lakeshore West rail lines, Mississauga MiWay, Brampton ZĂŒm, and the Mississauga Transitway BRT
-A maintenance and storage facility for the light rail vehicles in the Highway 407 area
-Procurement of a fleet of light rail vehicles (LRV) and operations of the system

Metrolinx President and CEO John Jensen said: “With the announcement of these three teams shortlisted for the Hurontario LRT, we are another step closer to greatly improving transit in Peel Region. This project will be a key part of our regional transportation network, providing residents and businesses in Mississauga and Brampton with a fast, reliable, and convenient way to get where they need to be.”

According to Infrastructure Ontario President and CEO Ehren Cory: “Infrastructure Ontario’s AFP procurement model bridges the gap between public and private sectors to get moving on delivering transit projects. With teams now in place to start preparing their proposals for the Hurontario LRT, we are getting closer to launching another transit project in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.”

Ontario’s Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca stated: “Our government is focused on delivering better rapid transit options to get Ontario moving. We’re making progress and it shows with this next step for the Hurontario LRT. It is proof that we are committed to making your daily commute and travel faster and more convenient than ever before.”

The Hurontario LRT project is being delivered using IO’s Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) delivery model, and thus transfers appropriate project risks to the private sector.

Global infrastructure firm AECOM was selected in April 2016 to provide technical advisory services for the project.

AECOM Awarded Hurontario and Hamilton LRT Technical Advisory Services Contract

The three shortlisted teams will be required to submit their proposals to IO and Metrolinx later in 2017, after responding to the initial RFP. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018, with anticipated completion in 2022.

Passionate about effective Public Transport and keen on learning about new technologies, John C. Ottaviani is currently a Senior Engineer at Egis Rail Saudi Arabia. He collaborates with engineering and railway news magazines and has published a number of public transport related articles.

Writer: John Carlo Ottaviani

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