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Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design build and finance the Lakeshore West Corridor Infrastructure Improvements project. The infrastructure upgrades are required to accommodate the planned expansion of GO Transit rail service on the Lakeshore West line. “We are excited…

December 11, 2017 @ 8:53am

The Government of Quebec has officially launched a study of a third transportation link to connect Quebec City and Levis. This study is in line with the mandate of the project office, which is to carry out and monitor all the steps and studies necessary for the implementation of a…

December 08, 2017 @ 7:15am

Ontario Minister of Transportation has announced the release of the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for upgrades to the Lakeshore West GO corridor. The upgrades to the Lakeshore West GO corridor include: - Track improvements and other work to enable increased service at Exhibition Station; - Mimico Station rehabilitation; - Long…

December 07, 2017 @ 10:40am

CDPQ Infra, a subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, has announced its decision to keep its tender process for the Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM) open and launch a period of intensive discussions with the qualified consortiums for the engineering and construction contract. As such the tender process…

December 04, 2017 @ 4:04pm

To build a modern transportation network across the GTHA and Waterloo region, we need to upload all municipal and regional transit agencies to the Province. The Toronto Region Board of Trade is releasing an uploading strategy to show how this is possible. The Board’s strategy is a response to Metrolinx’s…

November 27, 2017 @ 7:11am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to three shortlisted teams to design, build, and finance the Rutherford GO Station project. Three teams were selected to submit proposals: EllisDon Infrastructure Transit, Link Rutherford Station, and Steelhead. The project includes:  A new multi-level parking structure with…

November 23, 2017 @ 1:31pm

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design, build, and finance the Milton Corridor project, which consists of an expansion of Milton GO Station, redevelopment of Meadowvale GO Station, and a new Stations Operations West Facility. The RFQ outlines the scope…

November 15, 2017 @ 8:33am

If you thought Uber was a disruptor, wait until automated vehicles (AV) backed by smartphone apps for "mobility on demand" begin to eat into taxi and public bus services in the early 2020s, then begin to disrupt car ownership in the late 2020s. How this could impact municipal infrastructure is…

November 10, 2017 @ 8:39am

La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec‘s (La Caisse) $6.04-billion Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM) continues to draw both national and international attention as the public sector looks for new ways to finance the construction of infrastructure assets. “We’ve had, really from the beginning, a manifestation of very significant interest…

November 02, 2017 @ 3:30pm

The Government of Ontario has moved into the next phase of procurement with the close of the request for proposals to design and build the new transit hub at Kipling Station. Ontario is integrating the subway, GO train, and local and regional bus services, including GO, TTC, and MiWay services,…

November 01, 2017 @ 7:49am

BC Transit and its Sea to Sky local government partners have released a study showing there is public interest in a potential transit service connecting the communities along the Sea to Sky corridor, from Metro Vancouver to the Pemberton Valley. The Sea to Sky Corridor Regional Transit Study was a…

October 20, 2017 @ 6:50am

The latest data from TransLink shows the public is using transit more than ever before. For the nine months ending September 30, 2017, the number of average weekday journeys increased 6.2 per cent compared to the same period in 2016. With the exception of February 2010 during the Olympic and…

October 18, 2017 @ 3:24pm

The National Assembly of Quebec has passed Bill 137 on the Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM). The purpose of this legislation is to promote the rapid implementation of the REM, which is the most important public transit project since the creation of the Montréal metro in 1967. “The REM project will…

September 29, 2017 @ 6:51am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have shortlisted three teams to design, build, and finance the Rutherford Station project. The infrastructure upgrades are required to accommodate the planned expansion of GO Transit rail service on the Barrie line. Teams were selected based on criteria identified in the Request for Qualification (RFQ)…

September 27, 2017 @ 10:08am

The Request for Proposals (RFP) stage for the Stouffville Corridor Stations Improvements project has closed. The prequalified teams of bidders submitted their proposals to design, build, and finance the improvements to the three GO stations, including new pedestrian connections, track upgrades, and platform canopies. The project also includes a new…

September 11, 2017 @ 6:46am

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) has introduced the Plan stratégique organisationnel 2025, STM’s strategic organizational plan for 2025. Banking on the positive momentum enjoyed by public transit, as well as an evolving context that provides major opportunities for contributing to the development of Montréal, this strategic organizational plan…

August 31, 2017 @ 7:07am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to build and finance the Lakeshore East—Central Corridor Expansion project. The infrastructure upgrades are required to accommodate the planned expansion of GO Transit rail service on the Lakeshore East line. The RFQ outlines the scope…

August 24, 2017 @ 6:04am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design, build, and finance the Davenport Diamond Rail Grade Separation project. This project is part of Metrolinx's work to provide faster, more frequent and convenient transit service across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area…

August 17, 2017 @ 1:18pm

The troubled relationship between Bombardier and Metrolinx took another turn for the worse this week after it was revealed that Bombardier has filed a court application over being prohibited to bid on the Regional Express Rail (RER) operator procurement contract. According to an article from the Toronto Star the application,…

August 16, 2017 @ 6:34am

The Government of Ontario announced a significant milestone in the expansion of transit services in the Greater Toronto Area with the first piece of track for the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) project now installed. The 19-kilometre Eglinton Crosstown LRT, which will open in 2021, will connect Mount Dennis…

August 09, 2017 @ 11:43am

A new report from the Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy & Governance has examined large transit infrastructure projects to provide key metrics for how to monitor, track, and measure their success. The report, Delivering Benefit: Achieving Community Benefits in Ontario, was commissioned and financially…

August 03, 2017 @ 9:02am

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…

July 28, 2017 @ 9:25am

The governments of Canada and Quebec have announced an investment of over $59.6 million for 32 projects for Quebec City's Réseau de transport de la Capitale, under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. The Government of Canada will invest over $33.1 million in these projects, and the Government of Quebec will…

July 20, 2017 @ 8:44am

Edmonton City Council has approved its new transit strategy, which will modernize Edmonton’s transit system over the coming years. “Over 20,000 Edmontonians participated in the development of the transit strategy,” says Sarah Feldman, general supervisor of city wide strategy. “We very clearly heard people have different expectations of transit depending…

July 13, 2017 @ 5:43am

Toronto mayor John Tory has released a letter acknowledging that the city will receive $4.8 billion from the federal government for future transit projects. The funding Is part of phase two of the federal government’s public transit infrastructure funding. “I would like to thank Minister Sohi and the federal government…

July 06, 2017 @ 10:29am

The Government of Alberta has announced that it will provide one-third of the project cost for Calgary’s Green Line LRT Stage 1. The province will provide up to $1.53 billion over the next eight years. The funds will come from the Climate Leadership Plan. The Calgary Green Line will serve…

July 06, 2017 @ 10:17am

The City of Ottawa has exercised the option, under the current contract, to utilize equipment continuity, knowledge, and cost efficiencies, and has signed a fixed-price variation agreement worth $349 million with Rideau Transit Group Partnership (RTG) for the rolling stock and onboard equipment for Stage 2 of the Confederation Line.…

July 04, 2017 @ 7:09am

Metrolinx has released its agenda for the meeting of its board of directors on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017. In its report to the board, the Capital Projects Group (CPG) is advancing its growing program projects, including the Regional Express Rail (RER) program, the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT), Finch…

June 26, 2017 @ 12:17pm

On Friday, Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre and  Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation, announced up to $333 million in federal funding for the Finch West Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. The Finch West LRT  amounts to a $1.2 billion investment from the Government of Ontario into the City of Toronto’s transit infrastructure.…

June 26, 2017 @ 8:18am

Canada’s largest urban development project broke ground on a central feature of the emerging downtown precinct in the City of Vaughan. The PwC-YMCA Tower, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, will combine Class-A office space, amenities, and services and be situated at the heart of SmartCentres Place. The developers are Smart…

June 20, 2017 @ 9:52am

The Government of Ontario has announced the commencement of the GO Rail Network Electrification Transit Project Assessment Process. The process builds on public consultations held last year and will assess the environmental impacts of converting core segments of the GO rail network, including the UP Express, from diesel to electric.…

June 19, 2017 @ 7:03am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced up to $1.09 billion in funding for the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Stage 2 Project, which will better connect the east, west and south areas of Canada’s capital. The Government of Ontario has also made a similar funding commitment to the project. The City…

June 16, 2017 @ 7:26am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced support for a federal investment of $1.283 billion to support the Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM) light rail network in Montréal, subject to necessary due diligence. The announcement will make it possible to finalize the financing of the project and meet the construction schedule of the…

June 16, 2017 @ 4:49am

TransLink's board of directors and the Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation have officially launched the Mobility Pricing Independent Commission and announced its chair and vice-chair who will lead its work to examine how pricing could potentially solve key transportation challenges in the Metro Vancouver region. The launch was set in…

June 08, 2017 @ 7:40am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have shortlisted three teams to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. The three teams were selected based on the criteria identified in a Request for Qualifications process that began in October 2016. Selection criteria included design, construction, maintenance,…

June 08, 2017 @ 6:01am

The Government of Québec has introduced new governance of public transit in the Montreal metropolitan area. The primary goal of Law 76 is to amend the organization and governance, led by the transition committee. Laurent Lessard, minister of transport, sustainable mobility and transportation electrification, has announced that the Council of…

June 06, 2017 @ 6:59am

The governments of Canada, Ontario and Toronto announced a joint commitment to plan and design the relief line transit project in downtown Toronto. Through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, the Government of Canada will be providing more than $27 million to support the planning and preliminary design of a relief…

June 05, 2017 @ 6:20am

Mayors Jim Watson and Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin announced an agreement between Ottawa and Gatineau that will better integrate the regional transit network. This agreement, a first in the history of the two cities, will help ensure efficient connections between the two transit systems when the O-Train’s Confederation Line begins service. It…

May 29, 2017 @ 6:17am

Toronto City Council has approved a plan to continue preliminary work the next phase of its multi-billion-dollar transit system expansion. The plan includes moving forward with two projects: the Downtown Relief Line and the extension of Line 1 on Yonge Street. The Downtown Relief Line, with current cost estimates of…

May 25, 2017 @ 7:29am

Metrolinx is appealing a court decision that has prevented them cancelling a $770-million contract with Bombardier for light rail vehicles (LRVs). According to an article from the Toronto Star, the notice of appeal follows last month’s decision from an Ontario judge, which stated that Metrolinx must go through a dispute…

May 25, 2017 @ 6:33am

The request for proposals stage has closed for teams to submit their bids to design, build, and finance the Cooksville Station project, part of the GO Regional Express Rail (RER) program. Following the request for qualifications process, two teams - EllisDon Infrastructure Transit and Kenaidan Obayashi Transit Partner - were…

May 24, 2017 @ 6:36am

The City of London is moving forward with a plan for a $440-million bus rapid transit (BRT) system. According to an article from the London Free Press, the finalized routes for the BRT would provide the city with access along major corridors in all directions, with access to the city…

May 17, 2017 @ 6:42am

The City of Winnipeg has launched its Eastern Corridor Study, which aims to identify the route for a new rapid transit corridor connecting downtown and eastern Winnipeg, as well as a plan for the Louise Bridge. “The launch of the Eastern Corridor Study represents an important next step toward the…

May 05, 2017 @ 6:18am

The Region of Waterloo has launched phase 1 of its bidding process to select the private developer who will build the large mixed-use transit hub on Victoria and King Street in Kitchener. The new transit hub will feature seamless access to multiple modes of transportation and integrated residential, office, and…

May 05, 2017 @ 6:12am

After an extensive search and evaluation of highly qualified candidates, the City of Burlington has announced Sue Connor as their new director of Burlington Transit. Ms. Connor began her career in 1976 working for Canada Post, moving quickly through the ranks of the government agency over the next 12 years…

April 19, 2017 @ 7:12am

The Government on Ontario, alongside officials from the City of Mississauga, TTC, and Metrolinx, have announced a plan to redevelop Kipling Station into a major transit station that integrates subway, regional rail, and inter-regional bus services into a single hub. The redevelopment includes the area around the Kipling GO Station…

April 03, 2017 @ 10:39am

The federal government has announced that it will invest more than $1.8 billion in the GO Transit Regional Express rail project in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area. The funding announced is through the New Building Canada Fund – Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component. Along with the province’s contribution to the GO Transit…

March 31, 2017 @ 7:30am

Ontario has announced a partnership with Toronto Hydro to build a battery energy storage system for the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) line, which will increase the reliability of the line, lower operating costs, and reduce emissions. Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca and MPP for York-South Weston Laura Albanese…

March 28, 2017 @ 7:08am

The Regional Municipality of York has confirmed its involvement in the Pan-Ontario Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial by approving the purchase of six fully battery electric transit vehicles to operate in the Town of Newmarket, Ont. The Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) brought York Region Transit…

March 27, 2017 @ 11:51am

Ontario is extending the Richmond Hill GO line with the construction of a new GO station at Highway 404 and Bloomington Road. The new station will extend the Richmond Hill GO rail line north from the current terminus at Gormley GO Station, and will offer commuters living in Aurora and…

March 24, 2017 @ 6:32am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to build and finance the Lakeshore East - East Corridor Expansion project. The infrastructure upgrades are required to accommodate the planned expansion of GO Transit rail service on the Lakeshore East line. The RFQ outlines…

March 23, 2017 @ 6:03am

CDPQ Infra has announced a partnership with the Union des producteurs agricoles du Québec (UPA) and the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM). This partnership will enable the creation of an agricultural land trust and, eventually, a metropolitan agricultural park, to promote the use of agricultural land and its activities, thereby…

March 21, 2017 @ 8:16am

Councillors at the City of Ottawa have approved plans for the Stage 2 LRT project, the largest infrastructure project in the city’s history. According to a CBC News report, city officials approved the plan that will see the LRT system extended in three directions, with a substantial completion date expected…

March 10, 2017 @ 7:59am

Toronto Mayor John Tory’s Executive Committee has approved the plan for a one-stop Scarborough subway extension, with an estimated price tag of $3.35 billion. According to an article from the Toronto Star, only one member of the committee voted against the proposal, Ward 43 Councillor Paul Ainslie who supports a…

March 08, 2017 @ 7:24am

As the Government of Canada looks for ways to transition to a low-carbon economy, executives at VIA Rail are doing their part to provide a transportation solution that will remove millions of carbon dioxide production each year. Speaking at the Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum in Montréal, VIA Rail President and…

March 06, 2017 @ 10:22am

Officials at the City of Calgary have confirmed that approximately $100 million has already been spent in preparation of the Green Line LRT. According to an article from the CBC, the initial investment has focused on land acquisition and pre-design work associated with the new light rail transit system. The…

February 28, 2017 @ 9:11am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design, build, and finance the Union Station Enhancement project. The infrastructure upgrades are required to accommodate the planned expansion of GO Transit rail service, which link into Union Station as the major transit hub…

February 23, 2017 @ 1:36pm

The City of Ottawa has provided an update about plans to move forward with the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Project. City Staff also provided a detailed presentation of a related report on Stage 2 LRT, in advance of the tabling of the report at the Finance and Economic Development…

February 22, 2017 @ 9:36am

Metrolinx has released a statement expressing its disappointment over Bombardier’s lack of ability to meet its contractual needs regarding the Eglinton LRT project. Here is the statement: “Metrolinx has been concerned for some time about the performance of Bombardier and their ability to deliver a quality product on time to…

February 15, 2017 @ 8:12am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Hamilton Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. The RFQ outlines the scope of work required for the Hamilton LRT B-Line, which includes: 11 kilometres of new dedicated rapid…

February 02, 2017 @ 8:00am

BC Transit is beginning a request for proposal (RFP) process to introduce Real Time, automatic vehicle location (AVL) enabled technology on buses in seven transit communities, including Kamloops, Nanaimo, Comox Valley, Squamish, Whistler, Kelowna and Victoria. BC Transit aims to introduce the customer-facing features of the Real Time technology in…

January 26, 2017 @ 8:44am

An inter-regional transit terminal has broken ground at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre that will play a key role in the intermodal transit hub to support this burgeoning urban community adjacent to Toronto. The transit terminal, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, will serve York Region Rapid Transit’s extensive bus network and have…

January 24, 2017 @ 1:19pm

On January 20th, Canada's big-city mayors urged Prime Minister Trudeau to use his government's next budget to launch a new era of public transit and to tackle Canada's housing affordability crisis head-on. "Our discussion with the Prime Minister today focused on the budget — as really a once-in-a-generation opportunity both…

January 23, 2017 @ 11:57am

TransLink announced the beginning of expanded transit services it will be rolling out in 2017 as part of the 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transportation. TransLink has added more SkyTrain and SeaBus services, which will begin to reduce wait times and crowding. Over the coming weeks and months TransLink will…

January 19, 2017 @ 7:30am

A study outlining the preferred route for the proposed Scarborough subway extension has been delayed, adding additional costs to the project. According to an article from the Toronto Star, the report was supposed to be on the agenda for next week’s executive committee meeting. However, an official at the City…

January 11, 2017 @ 9:51am

There is more than $186 billion invested in the biggest infrastructure projects currently under development in Canada, according to information released today in the annual Top100 Projects report. The Top100 Projects report, produced each year since 2006 by industry magazine ReNew Canada, researches and analyses several hundred projects each year…

January 11, 2017 @ 7:55am

Toronto City Council has voted 32-9 in support of Mayor John Tory’s proposal to introduce road tolls to the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway. According to the Toronto Star, the final decision will not be made until sometime in 2017, but the council vote provides Tory with a strong…

December 14, 2016 @ 8:30am

The Canadian Global Cities Council (CGCC), a coalition of Canada’s eight largest urban regional chambers of commerce, is calling for airport policy reform to align Canada with global best practices, and for our international airports to be factored into transit infrastructure planning by all levels of government. Economic performance is…

December 08, 2016 @ 7:18am

A major milestone in the O-Train Confederation Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) project was celebrated as the first light rail vehicle (LRV) assembled in Ottawa began testing on the track between Blair and Cyrville stations. Vehicle testing along the alignment from Blair Station to Tunney's Pasture will continue until the…

December 05, 2016 @ 7:35am

The governments of Canada and Alberta have announced new funding for 89 public transit projects across the province, for a total investment of more than $500 million. The funding includes $270.3 million for 52 new projects across Alberta through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF). The federal government is providing…

December 05, 2016 @ 7:09am

A report published by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) explains how Toronto Pearson International Airport is poised to become one of the world's next top tier international airports, providing air connectivity to as much as 80 per cent of the world's economies. The report, Growing Canada with a Mega…

December 02, 2016 @ 8:04am

CDPQ Infra, a subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, has announced the addition of three new stations to the Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM) project. The Bassin Peel, McGill and Édouard-Montpetit stations will improve downtown Montréal service and further integrate the REM into the métro system through connections…

November 29, 2016 @ 8:12am

CDPQ Infra, subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, has announced the companies and consortiums that qualified as part of the qualification process for the completion of the Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM) project. Qualified companies and consortiums will have the opportunity to participate in the international call for…

November 11, 2016 @ 2:22pm

The City of Toronto’s planning department has been asked to review a potential new route for the Scarborough subway extension. According to an article from the Toronto Star, the new route has been proposed by the Glen Andrew Community Association. Lorne Ross, the former planning commissioner for Scarborough who works…

October 28, 2016 @ 8:39am

Plans are in motion to explore improved transit service for the Sea to Sky corridor — a growing region that the B.C. government has identified as a priority area for expansion. “As the population along the Sea to Sky corridor continues to increase, our transit services must keep pace,” said…

October 21, 2016 @ 6:53am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a vendor to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Hurontario LRT project, and procure a fleet of light rail vehicles. The new LRT line will bring 20 kilometres of new, dedicated rapid transit between Port Credit…

October 19, 2016 @ 11:19am

Transit authorities in Vancouver are hoping that the federal government intends to come through on its promise to provide 50 per cent of funding for transit projects. According to an article from the CBC, the city is looking for billions in funding commitments from the federal government to help expand…

October 17, 2016 @ 7:47am

The province will construct new, multi-level parking structures to help address the parking demands at Maple and Rutherford GO stations, which will provide 1,200 new spots at each station. Metrolinx will also be adding new pedestrian tunnels at both stations that will connect to the future second track and platform,…

October 13, 2016 @ 7:53am

The City of Calgary today celebrated a groundbreaking event for the Stoney Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Bus Storage and Transit Facility. The new 44,300 square metre facility will provide storage and maintenance space for Calgary Transit’s new fleet of CNG buses, as well as diesel buses that are currently stored…

October 11, 2016 @ 6:15am

An operations, maintenance, and storage facility designed and built by York Region Rapid Transit Corporation (YRRTC) has received LEED Silver certification from the Canada Green Building Council. The facility has been built to store and maintain York Region Transit/Viva bus rapid transit vehicles, and is located near Leslie Street and…

October 05, 2016 @ 6:29am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design, build and finance the Cooksville GO Station project. This project is part of Metrolinx’s work to provide a faster, more frequent and convenient transit service across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The…

October 04, 2016 @ 7:44am

In the wake of growing struggle by Bombardier to meet deadlines for delivering transit vehicles, a Toronto Star report suggests Metrolinx will consider other options for supplying the new Finch West LRT. According to the article, the consortia bidding on the Finch West LRT are allowed to “include a vehicle…

September 29, 2016 @ 9:03am

CivicAction, in partnership with Deloitte, has released a report providing recommendations on how to guide infrastructure investments in Phase 2 of the federal government’s Investing in Canada program. The report, Infrastructure for Today and Tomorrow: Ensuring we get it right, consulted with municipal and provincial leaders in order to “…understand…

September 29, 2016 @ 7:09am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design, build and finance the Highway 401 Rail Tunnel project that will support the infrastructure needed to expand GO rail service on the Kitchener Corridor. The RFQ outlines the scope of work required, which…

September 20, 2016 @ 9:05am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to three shortlisted teams to design, build, and finance the GO Transit station improvements on the Stouffville Corridor. The teams were selected based on criteria identified in the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process that began in July 2016.…

September 19, 2016 @ 11:59am

In its new report Unlocking Value: A Strategy to Finance Transit Expansion with Existing City Assets & Revenue, Toronto Region Board of Trade is revealing a strategy for the City of Toronto to raise up to $1-billion to fund and finance its transit and transportation infrastructure needs. If action is…

September 15, 2016 @ 6:07am

Brampton Transit’s launch of the Züm Queen West service has marked the final project milestone of an ongoing partnership between the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Brampton. With the completion of the Züm routes, the remaining project work will include the purchase of buses,…

September 09, 2016 @ 7:42am

The Ryerson City Building Institute (CBI) and Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) co-launched the Suburbs on Track report, which explores the benefits of transit-oriented communities. The report emphasizes how these communities are walkable and safe, support local businesses, generate ridership to pay for transit while providing more mobility choices and…

September 09, 2016 @ 6:03am

The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario have reached a bilateral agreement that will provide more than $2.97 billion in combined funding for transit projects. The Government of Canada is providing Ontario with $1,486,680,000 under the new Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, and will cover up to 50 per…

August 24, 2016 @ 7:52am

Crews contracted by Metrolinx have begun marking utility locations underneath the proposed route for Hamilton, Ontario’s light rail transit system, in case municipal politicians decide to move forward with the project. The City of Hamilton has been granted $1 billion for the construction of the LRT after requesting the funding…

August 16, 2016 @ 10:07am

One year after the final contract was signed, the Confederation Line Light Rail Transit project in Ottawa is on time and on budget, with tunnel excavation 10 per cent complete. The tunnel is part of a 12.5-kilometer light rail system that will replace the city’s current fleet of diesel powered…

February 12, 2014 @ 10:06am

The province announced recently that work is set to begin on building the new Highway 407 East from Brock Road in Pickering to Harmony Road in Oshawa. The $1-billion project will create 900 direct construction jobs as well as "thousands more spin-off jobs in local companies," according to a press release.…

May 29, 2012 @ 7:43am

According to a new report released by Ontario’s public transit agency, Metrolinx, all new transit projects in Toronto will be subject to a value for money review to be conducted by Infrastructure Ontario (IO). This includes the construction of several light rail transit (LRT) lines, along with the maintenance and…

April 24, 2012 @ 10:50am

The Manitoba government tabled its budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year yesterday, leaning hard on its financial commitment to transportation, social infrastructure, and downtown development in the province’s cities. In his budget speech, Finance Minister Stan Struthers said last year the Province committed to provide the equivalent of one percentage…

April 18, 2012 @ 12:03pm

Ontario's budget, tabled yesterday, is missing needed policy direction targeting economic development for the Toronto region, says the Toronto Board of Trade (TBOT). In a release yesterday, president and CEO of TBOT Carol Wilding said, “This budget needed to strike a balance between economically necessary austerity measures with  the longer term…

March 28, 2012 @ 5:24am

The ministers forum is always a crowd favourite at the ROMA/OGRA annual conference. This year, lines had formed at microphones before the session officially started. Representatives from Ontario’s small, rural communities weren’t about to miss the chance to make their issues known—it may be their only real chance to engage…

February 27, 2012 @ 4:28pm

This week's Meeting of the Minds in Boulder, Colorado, has been a mix of those who need to promote the personal vehicle and those who argue the car is a dinosaur that needs to give way to walkable/bikeable downtowns (like Denver's 16th street mall). Overheard this week, a mass of…

September 23, 2011 @ 8:53am

“With the destruction of Toronto’s Transit City plan, a strange new phenomenon has developed around transit policy in Canada. Calgary, previously associated with big oil and big cars, is quickly outpacing Toronto when it comes to transit policy.” – Page 21, Top 100 Projects white paper ReNew Canada’s report, Top…

July 11, 2011 @ 6:04am

In total, Ontario's infrastructure system is valued at more than $266 billion—and the province has an infrastructure deficit estimated at more than $100 billion. But the Province has been steadily investing in infrastructure since 2003 in an attempt to narrow the infrastructure gap. Today, from the University of Ottawa, Infrastructure…

June 24, 2011 @ 8:32am

A new forecast scenario published by the Construction Sector Council (CSC) says big industrial and utility construction projects will expand steadily—though not evenly across all locations—in Ontario until 2019. In fact, so many jobs will be created that there aren't enough skilled workers to fill the slots. Construction Looking Forward: An assessment…

May 24, 2011 @ 6:17am

Based on an extensive public consultation process the city of Victoria, British Columbia, has chosen its new preferred option for public transit: Light Rail Vehicles. According to Manuel Achadinha, BC Transit president and CEO, LRT was the right choice. “To meet the goals of the public and local government, LRT…

April 28, 2011 @ 9:56am

Edmonton’s strategic land-use plan, The Way We Grow, has been approved, paving the way for, hopefully, a little less paving. The Municipal Development Plan will guide the City as it develops more detailed master plans for growth and development over the next 10 years. According to the City, the goal…

May 27, 2010 @ 4:47am

Now that the City of Edmonton has its bid in for Expo 2017, it has to speed up expansion of its LRT lines to NAIT, southeast and west. Last week, the City released a report on its plans to spend over $3 billion to build these new transit lines in time.…

May 03, 2010 @ 6:24am

According to Radio-Canada, the City of Montreal has released some official plans for the much-debated redesign of the crumbling Turcot Interchange. It will remain an elevated expressway, but will have a circular structure. The other difference: transit. One lane of the expressway will be devoted to public transit. According to…

April 21, 2010 @ 1:28pm

"Public transit infrastructure needs for the period 2010-2014 stands at $53.5 billion," said The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) President and CEO Michael Roschlau in a release Wednesday. These findings have been published in a new infrastructure report. CUTA surveyed transit systems across the country on two dimensions: expenditures currently…

April 01, 2010 @ 7:50am

The federal government will invest $92 million over four years to the Retire Your Ride program, which encourages Canadians to scrap their cars. The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) is making the program the focus of its new awareness campaign. "Trade in your old car and choose public transit, the…

February 22, 2010 @ 6:50am

The feds said funding announcements would start to come out ASAP, and it seems to have started. Ottawa is getting $376 million for a variety of public works projects, many of which are in the transportation and water sectors. Two thirds of the funding comes from provincial and federal economic…

June 08, 2009 @ 7:25am

Edmonton's not wasting the opportunity to fast track some projects in this economic climate. Yesterday, the province and federal government today announced up to $100 million each in funding transit initiatives that the City classified as top priority. The City will pitch in its third, as well. "This major investment…

May 01, 2009 @ 6:02am

As expected, Bombardier won the contract to build the TTC's new streetcars. The Montreal company beat out Siemens to win the $1.23-billion contract to build 204 cars-the biggest light-rail vehicle purchase in North American history. The existing cars date back to the late 1970s and early 1980s and are nearing…

April 24, 2009 @ 1:47pm

As auto manufacturers struggle, the new funding for transit in Ontario is bringing work over to the rail side of the transportation spectrum. Thunder Bay's Bombardier plant will be filling orders for 20 new bi-level railcars. GO Transit will be using the railcars to add capacity to existing lines. The…

April 04, 2009 @ 3:08pm

Manitoba has somehow managed to balance its 2009 budget, increase its spending by 4.4 per cent and reduce debt payments for the year to $20 million (compared to $110 million last year). A small surplus of $54 million is forecast. Finance Minister Greg Selinger told the legislature, "Revenues are flattening…

March 27, 2009 @ 6:33am

The City of Ottawa has released a list of infrastructure priority projects. Once approved by Council, the city will submit what it's calling "ready-to-go infrastructure projects" to the feds for funding under the economic stimulus package announced in Budget09. "This will accelerate the completion of transit, asset renewal and construction…

March 24, 2009 @ 1:53pm

Construction boarding is up at Union Station today, finally. Renovations to Union Station, Toronto's transit hub, were on Minister Flaherty's list of Toronto projects to be fast-tracked. Federal Transportation, Communities and Infrastructure Minister John Baird told Globe & Mail reporters, "We are prepared to move very quickly to make things…

February 09, 2009 @ 8:16am

[caption id="attachment_1648" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Canada Line at the YVR."][/caption] B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell, as well as other government representatives and project partners, was one of the first passengers on a trial run of the Canada Line from Bridgeport Station to the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) Station today. "The Canada Line…

November 12, 2008 @ 2:10pm

Ottawa city staff is recommending delaying $84-million in major road projects, including construction on Highway 174 between Blair Road and St. Joseph Boulevard, reports the Ottawa Business Journal. The decision follows a series of public consultations, an 'affordability analysis' and a decision to prioritize transit infrastructure over road investments, the…

November 12, 2008 @ 12:10pm

On November 13, 2008, an estimated 50,000 participants and volunteers from corporations, organizations, and universities around the world will focus on a common global concern-transportation usability and its impact on our environment. World Usability Day 2008 will launch the Global Transport Challenge to help individuals measure their everyday travel usage;…

November 10, 2008 @ 1:43pm

The City of Toronto has launched its new Major Capital Infrastructure Coordination Office. As recommended by Mayor David Miller's Fiscal Review Panel, the office provides new high-level leadership and coordination of the city's priorities for infrastructure renewal. The appointment of Peter Crockett, P. Eng. as director of the office took…

November 04, 2008 @ 11:03am

All 73 wind turbines of the Carleton wind farm have been erected, announced Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. today. Access roads and the electrical sub-station have also been completed. The commissioning is underway and commercial operations should begin by November 30, 2008. Innergex owns 38 per cent of the Carleton wind…

October 20, 2008 @ 12:12pm

Transit leaders have renewed their call on federal party leaders to make public transit investment a key priority. "There is a definite and urgent need to commit significant new investment in public transit infrastructure for Canadian communities," said Steve New, Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) chair. "Canadians believe that transit…

October 10, 2008 @ 10:41am

Yesterday, reports the Toronto Star, Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion promised to spend $70 billion over 10 years on Canada's aging infrastructure, a move celebrated by Toronto Mayor David Miller and other municipal leaders. "Our cities and communities are facing an infrastructure deficit that is affecting Canadians' quality of life (and)…

September 19, 2008 @ 8:38am

Transit leaders from across Canada today called on federal party leaders to pledge increased funding for transit during the current federal election campaign. The call to action was supported by the release of an economic study that analyzed the optimal supply and demand for urban transit in Canada. "This economic…

September 16, 2008 @ 9:32am

The plan for a new bridge between the United States and Canada has been stalled in the U.S. Senate, reports the Detroit Free Press. State and federal highway officials outlined arguments for a new Detroit River crossing near Zug Island to a panel of state lawmakers last Friday at the…

August 18, 2008 @ 9:25am

Ontarians' ideas have shaped new rules for the expansion of the Greenbelt's boundaries. These new criteria, released yesterday, will be used to assess municipal requests to expand the Greenbelt, helping to grow and further protect more forests, wetlands and farmlands. Municipalities can seek guidance from the province before submitting their…

August 14, 2008 @ 8:38am

Metrolinx is seeking public input to help shape a strategy to create a better transportation system across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Two new White Papers set out a vision, goals and objectives and propose specific policies and concepts for a new Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). "The White…

May 09, 2008 @ 11:13am

The completion of the restart and refurbishment of Bruce A Units 1 and 2 is expected to cost in the range of $3.1 to $3.4 billion, up from an original 2005 estimate of $2.75 billion, stated yesterday’s announcement from TransCanada Corporation.The review, completed by Bruce Power, its owners and independent…

April 18, 2008 @ 12:51pm