Request for Qualifications Issued for New Maintenance Facility for GO
TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - Together with Metrolinx, Infrastructure
Ontario has released a request for qualifications to pre-qualify and
shortlist companies to design, build, finance and maintain the new East
Rail Maintenance Facility for GO Transit. The facility will accommodate
light and heavy maintenance work and provide additional train storage
to support GO Transit's planned service expansions, such as two-way,
all-day train service.
This project will create jobs and make public transit within the Greater
Toronto and Hamilton Area more reliable; it is one of the most
important investments in support of Metrolinx's regional transportation
plan, The Big Move.
The company selected for the East Rail Maintenance Facility will provide
design and construction elements to pursue LEED® Silver or greater
designation by incorporating sustainable practices in its design and
At more than 600,000 square feet, the maintenance facility will provide
daily maintenance for up to twenty-two 12-car passenger trains. It will
18 storage tracks
an electrical substation for power supply to facility and trains
progressive maintenance bays used for train inspection and maintenance
a coach shop
a diesel shop
a paint shop
a wheel shop
locomotive and train wash buildings
a fuelling station
The project will proceed under Infrastructure Ontario's Alternative
Financing and Procurement delivery model - a public-private partnership
model. This provides the opportunity to transfer project risks to the
private sector, which commits to delivering projects on time and on
The request for qualifications is the first step in a competitive
tendering process to select a company to design, build, finance and
maintain the East Rail Maintenance Facility project. A copy of the
request is available at www.merx.com.
Submissions will be evaluated to shortlist companies with the design,
construction and maintenance capability and experience, the qualified
personnel and the financial strength to deliver the project.
Shortlisted teams will be invited to respond to a request for
proposals, expected to be released in late winter 2013.
Through the P3 Canada Fund, the federal government will provide a
portion of the funding for eligible construction costs. The Province of
Ontario and Metrolinx will be responsible for the remaining costs.
Infrastructure Ontario is working with Metrolinx to deliver the East
Rail Maintenance Facility. Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown
corporation dedicated to managing some of the province's larger and
more complex infrastructure renewal projects - ensuring they are built
on time and on budget.
Metrolinx is an agency of the Province of Ontario. The East Rail Maintenance
Facility is just one way Metrolinx is working to transform the regional
transportation system in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
For more information about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.
"The new maintenance and storage facility supports GO Transit's
expansions, including our commitment to bring two-way, all-day GO train
service to commuters in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The
McGuinty government's unprecedented public transit investments continue
to make taking transit a better choice for commuters, reducing
congestion on our roads and contributing to a better quality of life
for Ontario families."
— Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Transportation and Minister of
"This project will provide an important contribution to the realization
of The Big Move by increasing our maintenance and storage capacity and
enabling more frequent and efficient GO Transit service to the Greater
Toronto and Hamilton Area."
— Bruce McCuaig, Metrolinx, President and CEO.
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SOURCE: Infrastructure Ontario
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