Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the second Advance Tunnel Contract (ATC2) package on the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension – between Jane Street and the future Mount Dennis Station.

The Eglinton Crosstown West Extension is a 9.2-kilometre extension of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT (future TTC Line 5). The extension will run mostly underground, westward from the future Mount Dennis station to Renforth Drive.

The Province will also release a RFQ for the transit project’s elevated section of tracks between Scarlett Road and Jane Street in the coming weeks. Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx will evaluate the submissions and announce a shortlist of qualified proponents for both contracts in Spring of 2022.

The RFQ is the first step in the procurement process to select teams to deliver the ATC2 work for the project.

A request for qualifications is the first step in the procurement process for a major project like this.

It’s used to identify project teams that have the right experience and abilities to take on the project. Qualified teams are then asked to participate in the next step of the procurement – the request for proposals (RFP) — which Metrolinx expects to release next spring.

“It’s really exciting to see the progress being made on the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension,” said Joshua Engel-Yan, Metrolinx program sponsor for the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension.

“Every milestone we reach brings us closer to bringing higher-quality rapid transit to transit riders in Mississauga and Etobicoke, and to people across the region.”

Featured image: Work is underway at the tunnel launch site at Renforth Drive. (Metrolinx)

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