MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT) project.
The RFQ outlines the scope of work required, which includes:
- 20 kilometres of new dedicated rapid transit between Port Credit GO Station in Mississauga to the Gateway Terminal at Steeles Avenue in Brampton
- will serve 22 stops with connections to GO Transit's Milton and Lakeshore West rail lines, Mississauga MiWay, Brampton Züm, and the Mississauga Transitway BRT;
- a maintenance and storage facility for the light rail vehicles at Highway 407
- procurement of a fleet of light rail vehicles and operations of the system
The Hurontario LRT project is an example of the Ontario government's commitment to invest in priority rapid transit to create an integrated transit system throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GHTA). The Hurontario LRT project will mean a doubling of the corridor's capacity to move people, and significantly improved transit travel times. The LRT will help transform Hurontario Street into a vibrant people-oriented corridor connecting communities and accommodating anticipated growth.
The RFQ is the first step in the procurement process to select a team to deliver the project. IO and Metrolinx will evaluate submissions to prequalify project teams with the relevant experience and financial capacity to deliver a project of this size and complexity. Qualified teams will be invited to respond to a request for proposals in spring 2017.
Interested companies must register with www.merx.com to download the RFQ.
Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history — about $160 billion over 12 years, supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province with projects such as hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit. Since 2015, the province has announced support for more than 475 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life. To learn more about infrastructure projects in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
- The Hurontario LRT project is being procured as a Design, Build, Finance, Operate, Maintain (DBFOM) contract using IO's Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) delivery model. AFP transfers the appropriate risks associated with design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the project to the private sector.
- Hurontario will be the first LRT delivered by Metrolinx and IO as a DBFOM contract. Metrolinx has been working closely with the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Region of Peel to integrate their standards and requirements to integrate the new LRT with municipal transit systems.
"With today's announcement we are taking the next steps needed to deliver on our commitment to help manage congestion and offer more convenient travel options for residents of Mississauga and Brampton."
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
"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. 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. I look forward to seeing work begin on this important project and know those affected will be glad to see it progressing."
Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure
"Moving forward with procurement for the Hurontario LRT represents a major step towards 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."
Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO, Metrolinx
"We are excited to put our proven expertise in modern project delivery to work on the Hurontario LRT project. Our AFP approach protects the taxpayer from many of the traditional, costly risks to major projects by partnering in the right way with the private sector."
Ehren Cory, Divisional President, Project Delivery, Infrastructure Ontario
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SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario