Preferred proponent selected for GO Transit’s East Rail Maintenance FacilityWritten by Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor
Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario (IO) have selected Plenary Infrastructure ERMF as the preferred proponent to design, build, finance and maintain the East Rail Maintenance Facility (ERMF) project. The facility is being built in Whitby to support GO Transit's planned service expansion in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
The project includes construction of the yard tracks along with a 500,000-square-foot facility to accommodate storage for 13 12-car passenger trains, with capacity for nine more in the future; maintenance bays for crews to conduct light and heavy maintenance work, as well as stations to fuel, wash and power GO trains and staff and visitor parking with capacity to expand in the future.
IO and Metrolinx will now begin negotiating contract details with Plenary and expect to reach financial close in March 2015. Funding for the project is provided by the province of Ontario via Metrolinx, with the federal government through PPP Canada, providing a portion of the funding for up to 25 percent of eligible costs.
“This is an exciting milestone for this project,” said Steven Del Duca, minister of transportation. “The new maintenance and storage facility supports GO Transit’s expansion plans, including our commitment to implement Regional Express Rail. This is proof of our government’s commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario families.”
The facility is part of Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan to provide residents and businesses in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area with fast, convenient and integrated transit.