TORONTO, April 4 /CNW/ - The TPA today announced that after taking into
consideration the Environmental Assessment Screening Report and
comments emanating from public participation in its review of the
Environmental Assessment (EA), it has concluded that the proposed
pedestrian/services tunnel and perimeter road project is unlikely to
cause significant, adverse environmental effects. The final screening
report is now available on the TPA website.
The EA, which has been underway for more than a year, is an important
part of the tunnel planning process. With this report now in hand and
as a result of its analysis, the TPA continues to consider proceeding
with the project. The TPA is now issuing the Request for Proposals
(RFP) to the three consortia vying to design, build, finance and
maintain the proposed tunnel.
The EA found that the proposed pedestrian/services tunnel is unlikely to
cause significant, adverse environmental effects. Some minor,
localized and short-term construction related effects are expected, and
the Report included recommended measures to mitigate these
effects. The TPA will ensure that these mitigation measures are
implemented, and has included them as requirements in the RFP.
Although not required for the Project, the TPA also provided reports
prepared by RWDI, a renowned air quality expert, which considered the
air quality and noise impacts of the Billy Bishop Airport operating at
its forecast 202-slot capacity. According to the EA, prepared for the
TPA by Dillon Consulting: "RWDI concluded that there would not be
significant effects on air quality or noise impacts from the Billy
Bishop Airport as the aircraft slots are fully utilized."
As previously announced, the TPA initiated an environmental assessment
in February 2010, as required under applicable legislation. The
environmental assessment considered not only the construction and
operation of the proposed project, but also the cumulative effects of
the project related to airline passenger use, local vehicular traffic,
and noise and air quality impact, among other factors. After an
initial public consultation session held on March 24, 2010, the TPA and
the independent environmental assessment consultant Dillon Consulting
maintained a public exchange and dialogue process that included making
information available on the TPA's website, obtaining and considering
comments and questions, obtaining information from government agencies,
and meeting with stakeholders. The 95-page draft environmental
assessment screening report was made available for distribution and
public review on November 16, 2010. On November 30, 2010, the TPA held
a second public meeting to obtain further input on the environmental
assessment and the proposed project. A third public meeting was held
on January 12, 2011, with January 28, 2011 being the cut-off date for
comments about the report.
In August 2010, the Toronto Port Authority issued a Request for
Qualification (RFQ) to interested parties to indicate their interest in
and qualifications for the proposed Billy Bishop Airport
Pedestrian/Services Tunnel Project.
In accordance with the terms of the RFQ, and with the participation of
P3 Canada, the TPA shortlisted three qualified proponents that will be
invited to participate in the next, and final stage of the selection
process: the Request for Proposal (RFP) stage.
The three consortia invited to bid on the project - Forum Infrastructure
Partners, Elite Tunnel Group and City Airport Tunnel Partners -
represent a cross section of leading local and international
construction and design firms. These teams have been chosen from a
group that originally exceeded 50 private sector proponents. "The
project has attracted interest from a broad cross-section of well known
Canadian, American and European proponents with the right combination
of experience and financial capacity to partner with us," said TPA
Chairman Mark McQueen. "The success of the revitalization of Billy
Bishop Airport has brought about a delightful challenge - we need to
ensure that our infrastructure lives up to the airport's popularity."
The consortia have six months to submit proposals to the TPA for its
consideration and review.
The public-private partnership (P3) procurement process which the TPA is
following, would reduce costs, ensure on-time and on-budget delivery of
the project, and enhance the potential for innovations in public
McQueen reiterated that the tunnel would be paid for by passengers who
use the popular Billy Bishop Airport. As previously announced, 100 per
cent of the cost of design, building, financing and maintaining the
tunnel will be ultimately borne by departing passengers via Billy
Bishop Airport's existing $20 Airport Improvement Fee (AIF). For
comparison purposes, each passenger at Pearson International Airport
currently pays an AIF of $25 per departing flight.
In 2010, approximately 1.2 million passengers used the airport, an
almost 50 fold increase in five years. The TPA is expecting more than
1.5 million passengers in 2011.
The TPA's professional advisors include Dillon Consulting, NORR
Architects, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Brookfield Financial, Deloitte &
Touche LLP, Gowlings LLP, P3 Canada, Marsh Canada and P1 Consulting.
Consortia for Proposed Pedestrian Tunnel
City Airport Tunnel Partners (CAT) is a joint venture between Fengate Capital and Aecon Concessions.
Fengate Capital is an investment management firm that manages
investments in infrastructure, and Aecon Concessions is the
infrastructure and investment arm of Aecon Group, Canada's largest
publicly trade construction and infrastructure development company.
Aecon Concession is joined by Honeywell Limited Canada, which offers
comprehensive maintenance and repair services.
Elite Tunnel Group is a team of six companies with extensive Canadian and international
expertise. It includes Macquarie Capital Group Limited, a global
provider of banking and investment services; McNally Group of
companies, an expert on heavy civil projects with expertise in
tunnelling and marine construction; Morrison Hershfield, a Canadian
owned consulting firm; Golder Associated Limited, an engineering firm
with expertise in ground engineering and environmental services; Scott
Associates Architects, a Toronto-based firm, with an international
reputation in aviation facilities design; and the State Group Inc, one
of North America's leading multi-trade contractors and facilities
management companies, based in Toronto.
Forum Infrastructure Partners is a consortium comprising members, Forum Equity Partners Inc., PCL,
Arup, Trow, Technicore Underground and ZAS Architects. Forum is a
development and investment company specialising in P3 transactions, PCL
is a Canadian construction industry leader; Trow is one of the largest
engineering and consulting firms in Canada; Arup is a full service
design consultant working in more than 35 countries; Technicore is a
specialist in the tunnelling industry; and ZAS is a Canadian
architectural firm, with expertise in public infrastructure.
SOURCE Toronto Port Authority
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