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, into a single mobility hub that will include a new terminal and better access for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.
The project at Kipling includes: an elevated pedestrian bridge; a pedestrian underground tunnel; a new entrance; renovations to the existing Kipling GO Station building and existing TTC pedestrian pick-up and drop off building; a new bus terminal building for MiWay and GO Transit; complete site infrastructure including parking upgrades, and improved vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian access; and a new extension of Acorn Ave south of Dundas St. West with vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian access, including traffic signals.
“The new transit hub will benefit commuters, residents, and businesses from Toronto’s west end and beyond.,” said Josh Colle, chair of the TTC and Toronto city councilor for Ward 15. “With the Kipling Station hub one step closer, the subway extension to York opening before the end of the year, and Smart Track and fare integration making progress, the TTC continues to make transit in the region more affordable and convenient for our customers.”
Three teams, Bird/Kiewit Joint Venture, EllisDon Infrastructure Transit, and Kipling Infrastructure Partnership, were prequalified and invited to respond to a request for proposals in April 2017. All three teams submitted their proposals to design, build and finance this project.
The new hub is part of the largest rail project in Canada as Ontario transforms GO from a commuter transit system to a regional rapid transit system. Weekly trips across the entire GO rail network will grow from about 1,500 to nearly 6,000 by 2024-25, with more frequent rush-hour service coming to the Milton line.
Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx will evaluate the proposals over the next several months. A successful proponent is expected to be announced in 2018.