Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design, build, and finance the Early Stations’ Improvement project. The infrastructure upgrades on the GO transit lines are required to accommodate the planned increase in GO rail networks.
The RFQ outlines the scope of work required, which includes:
- Rail platform edge tile;
- Service information digital signage;
- Electrical capacity and electrical room upgrades;
- New fare device installations and replacement of existing devices;
- Elevator parts upgrades;
- Secured bike parking;
- Electric vehicle charging stations;
- Provisions to accommodate rail electrification at select locations; and
- Minor station site access improvements.
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 Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), including electrification of core segments of the GO rail network by 2024-25.
Major infrastructure updates are required to bring this level of service to communities across the region, including: adding track, modifying GO stations, improving rail crossings, building required systems for electrification, and adding new locomotives and train control systems.
“This package of system-wide improvements is the next step in preparing for increased GO service through the Regional Express Rail program,” said John Jensen, president and CEO of Metrolinx. “We are pleased to reach yet another milestone in expanding the GO rail network to bring faster, more frequent rail service to the people of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.”
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 construction experience. Teams that qualify will be invited to respond to a request for proposals anticipated for winter 2017. Interested companies must register with www.merx.com to download the RFQ.