Friday, February 24, 2017

IO, Metrolinx issue RFQ for Toronto Union Station project

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A rendering of the new platform at Union Station in Toronto. A rendering of the new platform at Union Station in Toronto. Infrastructure Ontario

A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Union Station Enhancement project in Toronto, ON, Canada has been issued by Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx.

The RFQ is for interested parties to design, build and finance the project, which is required to accommodate the planned expansion of GO Transit rail service, which links into Union Station.

The RFQ outlines the scope of work required, which includes:

  • Construction of a new platform, including a new roof structure
  • Development of a new concourse area below the platform
  • Safety and state of good repair works within the train shed
  • A new emergency power system

"The Union Station Enhancement project, which features a new platform and enables expanded GO Transit service, will benefit thousands of commuters by offering more frequent trains and a quicker ride to work or home. Those in communities across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) can cut car trips and increase their transit ridership, helping to reduce traffic congestion and contributing to shorter delivery times for companies moving their products or providing services using busy GTHA highways," said Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure.

This project is part of Metrolinx's work in support of GO Regional Express Rail (RER). GO RER will provide faster, more frequent and more convenient transit service across the 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 Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

"The Union Station Enhancement project will make marked improvements to Union Station that allow for us to proceed with the Regional Express Rail transformation, bringing residents of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area a faster and more efficient way to travel," said Bruce McCuaig, president and CEO, Metrolinx.

IO and Metrolinx say 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 and construction experience. Teams that qualify will be invited to respond to a request for proposals, which is expected to be issued in summer 2017.

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