TORONTO, Aug. 23, 2017 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to build and finance the Lakeshore East – Central Corridor Expansion project. The infrastructure upgrades are required to accommodate the planned expansion of GO Transit rail service on the Lakeshore East line.
The RFQ outlines the scope of work required, which includes:
- Two grade separations - Scarborough Golf Club Road and Morningside Avenue
- Track and grading work from Galloway Road to Beechgrove Drive (approximately 3.4 km)
- All supporting infrastructure, including retaining walls along the central segment of the Lakeshore East corridor
This project is part of Metrolinx's planned expansion of GO Transit rail service in support of GO Regional Express Rail (RER). GO RER will provide faster, more frequent and more convenient transit service across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), including electrification of core segments of the GO rail network by 2024-25. The program will provide new travel choices for commuters, significantly increase transit ridership, cut journey times and help manage congestion across the GTHA.
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 construction experience. Teams that qualify will be invited to respond to a request for proposals early next year. Interested companies must register with www.merx.com to download the RFQ.
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- According to Ontario's 2017 Long-Term Report on the Economy, every $1 spent on public infrastructure has been shown to increase Gross Domestic Product by $6 in the long term.
- Infrastructure Ontario, collaborating with Metrolinx, is leading the procurement of the Lakeshore East – Central Corridor Expansion project.
- The project is being delivered using IO's Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model, an innovative way of financing and procuring large, complex public infrastructure projects.
- Projects that are delivered using IO's AFP model have a track record of being 96 per cent on budget and 73 per cent on time or within one month of the scheduled substantial completion date.
"We are moving forward with transforming the GO rail network from a rush hour commuter-based rail service to a true regional transit system. The improvements we are making to the Lakeshore East corridor bring us another step closer to delivering more GO train service to commuters and families in Toronto, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa."
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
"This project will raise the level of service for thousands of commuters, providing them with added choice and convenience. Shorter journey times will not only help transit users, they will lead to increased transit ridership and help manage congestion across the entire region."
Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure
"This piece of the East Corridor Expansion project is another critical step in preparing the rail network for increased GO service to Scarborough and neighbouring communities through the GO expansion program."
John Jensen, President and CEO, Metrolinx
"The Lakeshore East - Central Corridor Expansion project is an important component to help deliver the RER program. IO looks forward to reviewing the submissions by the market for this AFP project."
Ehren Cory, President and CEO, Infrastructure Ontario
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SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario
For further information: Bianca Lankheit, Infrastructure Ontario, 416-326-0636; Anne Marie Aikins, Metrolinx, 416-202-5796