Transit Industry Expresses Interest in Eglinton Crosstown LRT Project
TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario
today announced the Eglinton Crosstown LRT Project is one step closer
with the release of a request for proposals to the consortia
pre-qualified to deliver the balance of the Crosstown project, an
integrated system consisting of stations, trackworks, signaling,
communications and other required infrastructure.
A thorough request for qualifications process qualified two consortia:
Crosslinx Transit Solutions and Crosstown Transit Partners. They have
been invited to submit formal proposals for the Crosstown's integrated
system project. Consisting of more than 30 companies, the consortia
have extensive experience and expertise building large transit projects
globally and in Canada, including the Confederation LRT Line in Ottawa,
the spur line for the Union Pearson Express in Toronto, and the
Evergreen Line in Vancouver.
The consortia prime team members include:
Crosslinx Transit Solutions
Crosstown Transit Partners
ACS Infrastructure Canada
Fengate Capital Management Ltd.
OHL Concesiones S.A.
Bechtel Development Company, Inc.
Obayashi Canada Holdings, Ltd.
The Crosstown will run across Eglinton Avenue between Mount Dennis
(Weston Road) and Kennedy Station. The 19-kilometre corridor will
include a more than 10-kilometre underground portion between Keele
Street and Laird Drive. It will have 25 stations and stops, linking to
bus routes, three subway stations and various GO Transit lines.
The Crosstown represents a $5.3 billion (2010) transit improvement
investment - the largest in the history of the region. When in service,
the Crosstown will bring fast, reliable and comfortable transit to
Toronto residents, integrate transit services and create tens of
thousands of design and construction jobs. Construction on the
Crosstown began in 2011 with the west launch area at Black Creek Drive
and Eglinton Avenue. Tunneling from the west began in June 2013 and two
tunnel boring machines are in operation. In November 2013, the east
tunnels contract was awarded and construction on the east launch area
east of Brentcliffe Road will begin in early 2014.
As part of their bid proposals, qualified consortia must include plans
for increasing apprenticeship training on the Crosstown, providing
significant opportunities for local companies, and ensuring design
excellence and community benefits. A copy of the request for proposals
is posted at www.infrastructureontario.ca.
Qualified consortia will spend most of 2014 planning and preparing their
teams and proposals to design, construct, and finance the project's
construction, as well to maintain the stations and trackwork over a
Infrastructure Ontario is managing the procurement of the Crosstown's
integrated system and Metrolinx will oversee detailed design and
construction to ensure that the winning team fulfills all of its
obligations under the project agreement. The TTC will operate the LRT
lines under an operating agreement with Metrolinx.
For more information about Metrolinx's transit plans, explore www.metrolinx.com. To learn more about Infrastructure Ontario, visit www.infrastructureontario.ca.
Infrastructure Ontario is a crown agency of the Province of Ontario that delivers large,
complex infrastructure projects on time and on budget. Over the last
seven years, the province has applied the alternative financing and
procurement model to 87 major projects valued at approximately $42
billion dollars. Infrastructure Ontario also manages one of the largest
real estate portfolios in Canada, provides municipalities and eligible
public sector clients with financing to renew public infrastructure,
and leverages its private-sector expertise to manage major commercial
transactions on behalf of the province.
Metrolinx is the Province of Ontario's regional transportation agency for the
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Currently, Metrolinx has $16
billion worth of projects underway that will make up an extensive
network of regional rapid transit projects. The Eglinton Crosstown
Project is a key project identified in The Big Move, the regional transportation plan for the GTHA. For more information,
go to www.metrolinx.com.
"The new Eglinton Crosstown LRT supports our commitment to improve
public transit service for commuters in the Greater Toronto and
Hamilton Area. This is a crucial piece of transit infrastructure that
will serve the region's increasing population and help strengthen the
— Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure
"This project represents the largest transit investment in Canada,
bringing 19-kilometres of light rail transit to Toronto connecting the
east and west ends of Eglinton Avenue. The Crosstown will provide an
integral transit service for commuters, while helping to improve the
efficiency of public transit in the Toronto area."
— Bruce McCuaig, Metrolinx, President and CEO
The Ontario Construction Secretariat supports Infrastructure Ontario's
initiative to provide good jobs for today and at the same time build
the skilled workforce of tomorrow. By requiring contractors to maximize
the use of registered apprentices, young workers will have more
opportunities to gain the skills required to successfully complete
their training and enhance the competitiveness of the Ontario economy.
Local knowledge requirements will deliver economic benefits, community
benefits and the expertise to keep this project on time and on budget.
— Sean W. Strickland, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Construction
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SOURCE: Infrastructure Ontario
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Paulette den Elzen
Anne Marie Aikins