Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued Requests for Proposals (RFP) for two major works packages for the Ontario Line: Pape Tunnel and Underground Stations and the Elevated Guideway and Stations contracts.

Six teams have been shortlisted and invited to bid on the packages, which are being delivered using a Progressive Design-Build delivery model. Shortlisted teams were selected based on criteria identified in the Request for Qualifications process that began in November 2022, which included their design and construction experience.

The contract for the Pape Tunnel and underground stations will deliver three kilometres of twin tunnels and two new stations – one at Cosburn Avenue and another at Pape Avenue, where the all-new Ontario Line will connect to the existing Line 2. The contract will also include the construction of two new portals, which will be where the line transitions between above-ground and underground operations.

The contract for the elevated guideway and stations includes a three-kilometre elevated guideway, emergency exit buildings, and five above-ground stations – two within Metrolinx’s existing rail corridor (Riverside-Leslieville and Gerrard) and three along the elevated guideway in the northern part of the route (Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park, and the Science Centre).

“All governments are working together to make progress on transit. The Ontario Line is a key part of the province’s multi-billion dollar transit plan being built across Toronto and these RFPs help ensure this project keeps moving forward. We need to get transit built and I am committed to working with the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada to deliver much-needed transit lines for our residents as quickly as possible,” said Jennifer McKelvie, Deputy Mayor of Toronto.

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“We received significant interest from the market in these progressive design-build contracts and look forward to seeing their proposals that will deliver more tunnels, stations and a new elevated guideway for the northern segment of the Ontario Line,” said Michael Lindsay, president and CEO of Infrastructure Ontario.

The following teams and their prime team members were invited to respond to the RFPs:

Pape Tunnel and Underground Stations

Community Transit Link

  • Applicant Lead: STRABAG Inc.
  • Design Team: STRABAG Inc., Arup Canada Inc.
  • Construction Team: STRABAG Inc.

Pape North Connect

  • Applicant Leads: Webuild S.p.A., FCC CONSTRUCCIÓN, S.A.
  • Design Team: IBI Group Professional Services (Canada) Inc., AECOM Canada Ltd.
  • Construction Team: Webuild S.p.A., FCC CONSTRUCCIÓN, S.A.

Trillium Subway Partners

  • Applicant Leads: Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc., Eiffage Innovative Canada Inc., Amico Infrastructures Incorporated
  • Design Team: WSP Canada Inc. (Lead Designer), Typsa Canada Inc., LEA Consulting Ltd.
  • Construction Team: Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc., Eiffage Innovative Canada Inc.

Elevated Guideway and Stations

Rail Connect Partnership

  • Applicant Leads: SNC-Lavalin Major Projects Inc., Bird Construction Industrial Services Ltd.
  • Design Team: T.Y. Lin International Canada Inc., Entuitive Corporation
  • Construction Team: SNC-Lavalin Major Projects Inc., Bird Construction Industrial Services Ltd.

Transit Expansion North

  • Applicant Leads: Pomerleau Inc., Aecon Infrastructure Management Inc., Bouygues Travaux Publics S.A.S.
  • Design Team: Parsons Inc., SYSTRA International Bridge Technologies Canada, Inc., GHD Limited
  • Construction Team: Aecon Infrastructure Management Inc., Bouygues Travaux Publics S.A.S.

Trillium Guideway Partners

  • Applicant Leads: Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc., Amico Infrastructures Inc., Dufferin Construction Company, a division of CRH Canada Group Inc.
  • Design Team: WSP Canada Inc.
  • Construction Team: Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc., Amico Infrastructures Inc., Dufferin Construction Company, a division of CRH Canada Group Inc.
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Teams will begin preparing proposals that detail how they will deliver these projects. Proposals will be evaluated by IO and Metrolinx and the top-ranked team for each project will work collaboratively with Metrolinx during a Development Phase, expected to start in 2024. Once the Development Phase is completed, Metrolinx will have the option to sign a contract with the successful team.

The Ontario Line will be a 15.6-kilometre new rapid transit line in Toronto running between the Ontario Science Centre and Exhibition/Ontario Place, with 15 stations along the way. The new line will provide more than 40 connections to other subway, bus, streetcar, light-rail transit and regional rail services.

Feature image: (Metrolinx)

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