Toronto has a new subway line on the horizon and the project has come one step closer to stage one.
Last week, Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario confirmed they had selected preferred bidding teams for two major Ontario Line construction contracts. The Ontario Line will be brought together through various contracts involving various partners, but the Ontario Line South Civil, Stations and Tunnel (South Civil) contract and the Ontario Line Rolling Stock, Systems, Operations and Maintenance (RSSOM) contract are among the most importants.
#ItsHappening – We are approaching the start of major construction work on the Ontario Line with the selection of preferred teams for two Ontario Line construction contracts. Learn more about the teams and what they will help bring to life > https://t.co/D3isewuzfu #TOTransit pic.twitter.com/71m3fVIxgT
— Ontario Line (@OntarioLine) September 15, 2022
In a press release last week, Infrastructure Ontario announced that the Ontario Transit Group (OTG) has been selected as the preferred team to deliver the South Civil contract, and Connect 6ix has been selected for the RSSOM contract.
Ontario Line South Contract — Preferred Bidder Team: Ontario Transit Group
- Responsible candidate: Ferrovial Construction Canada Inc., VINCI Construction Grands Projets
- Design Team: AECOM Canada Ltd., COWI North America Ltd., GHD Limited, SENER Group
- Construction team: Ferrovial Construction Canada Inc., Janin Atlas Inc.
- Financial advisor: Agentis Capital
Ontario Line RSSOM Contract — Preferred Bidder Team: Connect 6ix
- Lead Applicant: Plenary Americas, Hitachi Rail, Webuild Group (Salini Impreglio Canada Holding Inc.), Transdev Canada Inc.
- Design Team: Hitachi Rail, IBI Group Professional Services (Canada) Inc.
- Construction team: Hitachi Rail, Webuild Group (Astaldi Canada Design & Construction Inc. and Salini Impreglio Civil Works Inc.), NGE Contracting Inc.
- Operations, maintenance and rehabilitation team: Hitachi Rail, Transdev Canada Inc.
- Financial Advisors: National Bank Financial Inc., Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
But nothing is set in stone yet.
A Metrolinx blog post explains that selecting a “preferred proponent” is just one step toward securing a partnership.
“After evaluating all bids received in response to a Request for Proposals, a “Preferred Proponent” is selected based on how well their bid meets the contract requirements. Once a team is selected as the preferred bidder, negotiations continue until a final contract is signed.
The same post confirms that the official contracts will be awarded later this year.
“The selection of preferred developers for these contracts is an important step as it brings us closer to the start of major construction work and provides Toronto with better, faster and more integrated public transit,” said Malcolm MacKay, Metrolinx Sponsor for the project. “Toronto residents are ready for new and expanded stations, better connections and the latest in automotive technology. »
The future Ontario line will be 15.6 km long and will include 15 stops, running from Exhibition Place, downtown and to the Ontario Science Centre. By adding this extra infrastructure, the hope is to alleviate congestion on other subway lines, like the Yonge-University line, while giving commuters more options to connect to other transit systems by common and getting around the GTA.
Zakiya is an editor at STOREYS. Previously, she reported on real estate for Post City Magazines, Apartment Therapy and Curbed. She also writes a quarterly series for a Canadian design publication.
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