Friday, September 16, 2016

Infrastructure Ontario, Metrolinx issue two RFQs, one RFP for station, tunnel work

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Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx are moving forward with the procurement process to build four GO rail stations and a rail tunnel to support Go Regional Express Rail (RER).

IO is leading the procurement process while collaborating with Metrolinx. The entities have issued two Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) for work in the Milton and Kitchener Corridors and a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a station on the Stouffville Corridor.

The RFQ on the Milton Corridor is for the design, construction and finance of the Cooksville GO Station project. The project scope includes a new station building with a large public plaza; upgrades to existing rail platform access tunnels; a new six-story parking structure with pedestrian connection to rail platform and redevelopment of existing and new surface parking areas and a bus loop with a minimum of eight bus bays for GO and MiWay bus service.

Along the Kitchener Corridor, an RFQ has been issued to design, build and finance the Highway 401 Rail Tunnel project. The project includes the construction of a second tunnel under Highway 401/409 to accommodate two additional tracks, future signaling and communications infrastructure and replacing footings of retaining walls that support the ramp from eastbound Highway 409 to eastbound Highway 401.

Interested companies in either RFQ must register with www.merx.com.

Concerning the Stouffville Corridor, IO and Metrolinx have shortlisted three teams to submit RFPs for three stations involving the following work:

  • Milliken Station: New east side platform and upgrade of existing west side platform with a full enclosure, passenger access tunnels connecting the platforms with elevators, new Steeles Avenue East pedestrian connection and customer amenities and a grade separation at Steeles Avenue East.
  • Agincourt Station: New second track, new side platforms with a full enclosure, passenger access tunnels with elevators, customer waiting areas, building relocation and customer amenities provisions.
  • Unionville Station: New second track and third turning track, new side platforms with a canopy, passenger access tunnels with elevators, parking expansion and customer amenities.

The successful bidder is expected to be announced in spring 2017.

All of the above mentioned projects are part of Metrolinx's work in support of GO RER, which officials said will provide faster, more frequent and more convenient transit service across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, including electrification of core segments of the GO rail network by 2024-25.

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