Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to three shortlisted teams to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the Hamilton Light Rail Transit (LRT) project.

“This exciting milestone represents major progress in bringing improved transit and greater connections to Hamilton,” said Phil Verster, president and CEO of Metrolinx. “The LRT will connect McMaster in the west to Eastgate Square in Stoney Creek, supporting the transit needs of a growing city and continuing to move Hamilton forward.”

The three teams were selected based on the evaluation of criteria identified in a Request for Qualifications process that began in February 2017. Selection criteria included design, construction, maintenance, and operational experience, as well as the financial capacity to deliver a project of this size and scope.

The shortlisted teams and their prime team members are:

CityLine Transit Group

  • Equity providers: ACS, Aecon, CRH, TIAA
  • Constructors: Dragados, Aecon, Dufferin
  • Design team: Parsons, HDR, Amec, RDHA
  • Operation, Maintenance, and Rehabilitation team: ACS, Aecon, CRH, Serco

Ei8ht Transit

  • Equity providers: EllisDon, Fluor, Bombardier
  • Constructors: Fluor Canada, EllisDon Civil, Bombardier
  • Design team: WSP/MMM, Hatch, Gh3, Bombardier
  • Operation, Maintenance, and Rehabilitation team: EllisDon Facilities Services, Bombardier


  • Equity providers: Astaldi, John Laing, Hitachi-Ansaldo, Amico, Transdev
  • Constructors: Astaldi, Hitachi-Ansaldo, Amico, Bot
  • Design team: IBI, Hitachi-Ansaldo, Daoust Lestage, Morrison Hershfield, Exp Services, Arcadis
  • Operation, Maintenance, and Rehabilitation team: Transdev, Hitachi-Ansaldo, Astaldi

The Hamilton LRT project includes:

  • 14 kilometres of new dedicated rapid transit from McMaster University through downtown Hamilton to Eastgate Square, from the west end of the city to the east;
  • 17 stops along Main Street / King Street / Queenston Road corridor with connections to the Hamilton bus network and the GO Transit network, including a pedestrian connection to the Hamilton GO Centre station; and
  • The procurement of a fleet of light rail vehicles; and
  • An operations, maintenance and storage facility.
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Teams have been invited to respond to the RFP and will begin preparing proposals that detail how they will deliver the project. Upon evaluating the proposals received, IO and Metrolinx expect to select a preferred proponent, followed by contact award with the successful proponent in 2019.

Construction is anticipated to start in 2019, with an estimated completion date of 2024. The Hamilton LRT project is being delivered using IO’s Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain delivery model.


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