Ontario issues RFQ for existing stations renovations project

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Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design, build and finance the existing stations renovations project, which is part of the stations and off-corridor program. The project is part of a larger, system-wide plan to improve GO Transit service.

The scope of work includes:

– Upgrades to 22 existing stations, including:

– Upgrades to station buildings, platforms and signage

– Upgrades to bus loop, parking and passenger pick-up and drop-off upgrades.

The project is part of the province’s GO RER program, which will provide faster and more frequent service on the GO Transit Rail network with electrification on core segments, including the Union Pearson Express. Major infrastructure updates are required to bring this level of service to communities across the region, including: modifying GO stations, improving rail crossings, building required systems for electrification, and adding new locomotives and train control systems.

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 design, construction experience and financial capacity to undertake a project of this size and complexity. Teams that qualify will be invited to respond to a request for proposals in winter 2018/2019. Interested companies must register with www.merx.com to download the RFQ.

Ontario is investing $21.3 billion to transform the GO rail network from a commuter transit system to a regional rapid transit system. The project is being delivered as a design, build, finance contract using Infrastructure Ontario’s alternative financing and procurement model, which transfers risks associated with construction and financing of the project to the private sector.

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