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Preferred proponent selected for Highway 401 Rail Tunnel Project

By ReNew Canada 06:23AM October 20, 2017

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Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have selected Toronto Tunnel Partners (TTP) as the preferred proponent to design, build, and finance the Highway 401 Rail Tunnel project, in support of the province’s GO Regional Express Rail (RER) program. Members of the TTP team include:

  • Applicant Lead: EllisDon Capital Inc. and STRABAG Inc.
  • Construction: EllisDon Civil Ltd. and STRABAG Inc.
  • Design: WSP Canada Inc., Dr. Sauer & Partners, Amec Foster Wheeler
  • Financial Advisor: EllisDon Capital Inc. and STRABAG Inc.

The selection of TTP is the result of an open, fair, and competitive procurement process overseen by a third party fairness advisor.

IO and Metrolinx expect to reach financial close in late fall 2017, with construction to begin shortly thereafter.

The scope of work for the project includes construction of a second tunnel under Highway 401/409 to accommodate two tracks, future signaling, communications infrastructure, and replacing footings of retaining walls that support the ramp from eastbound Highway 409 to eastbound Highway 401.

“Ontario is moving forward to double capacity on the Kitchener GO Corridor,” said Steven Del Duca, Ontario minister of transportation. “The new rail tunnel under Highways 401and 409 will support two-way, all-day service along the corridor through our GO Regional Express Rail (RER) program, making it easier and more convenient than ever before to take the GO. The new tunnel may also support future high speed rail service on this corridor.”

Work on the Kitchener GO corridor is part of a larger, system-wide plan to improve overall GO Transit service, including the delivery of GO RER. GO RER will provide faster and more frequent service across the GO rail network, with electrified service on core segments, including the Union Pearson Express. It is one of the largest transit infrastructure investments in North America.

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