Thursday, December 07, 2017

RFQ issued for Metrolinx Lakeshore West GO corridor projects

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RFQ issued for Metrolinx Lakeshore West GO corridor projects Twitter/Steven Del Duca

Ontario and Metrolinx are proceeding with planned improvements for the Lakeshore West GO Transit corridor with the issuance of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ).

The planned upgrades to the Lakeshore West GO corridor include track improvements and other work to enable increased service at Exhibition Station, where Ontario Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca and Member of Provincial Parliament for Trinity-Spadina Han Dong made the RFQ announcement on Dec. 7.

"The sum total of this work will mean more and better GO service for people along the Lakeshore West GO line. These improvements and upgrades are part of our plan to increase GO service across the [Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area]. We are always looking for new ways to provide a better experience for commuters, and we are doing this by investing in the transit and transportation system that they deserve," said Minister Del Duca.

Nearly a dozen projects are part of the planned Lakeshore West enhancements and in addition to the Exhibition Station improvements, other work to be performed includes:

  • Mimico Station rehabilitation
  • Long Branch Station improvements, including accessibility enhancements
  • Upgrades to enable increased service at Clarkson and Bronte Stations
  • Grade separations at Kerr Street and Burloak Drive
  • Replacement of the Drury Lane pedestrian bridge
  • Further expansion of the Lewis Road layover facility

These improvements and upgrades are part of the larger GO Regional Express Rail (GO RER) Program, which will transform the GO network into a regional rapid transit system. The province has committed CA$21.3-billion (US$16.6-billion) to the GO RER program, which includes additional track, GO station modifications, improved rail crossings, systems for electrification and new locomotives and train control systems to enable more frequent service.