Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to two prequalified teams to design, build, and finance the Union Station Enhancement project. Infrastructure upgrades are required to help accommodate increased capacity as part of the planned expansion of GO Transit rail service, which links into Union Station as the major transit hub in the City of Toronto.
“The Union Station Enhancement Project will make marked improvements to the station that support GO Transit’s planned service expansion and accommodate for further capacity increase initiatives,” said Phil Verster, president and CEO of Metrolinx. “Ultimately, this project is delivering the infrastructure that will enable us to run more trains every day and bringing residents of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area an improved customer experience.”
Teams were selected based on criteria identified in the Request for Qualifications process. Selection criteria included applicable design, construction experience and capacity to finance a project of this size and complexity.
The prequalified teams are:
EllisDon Infrastructure Transit
- Constructor: EllisDon Civil Ltd.
- Designer: AECOM Canada Ltd.
- Financial Advisor: EllisDon Capital
Graham Construction Rail Solutions
- Constructor: Graham Construction & Engineering LP
- Designer: RJC Engineers
- Financial Advisor: Graham Capital Partners
Teams invited to respond to the RFP will begin preparing proposals that detail how they will design, build and finance the project. Once submissions are received, IO and Metrolinx will evaluate the proposals, select a preferred bidder and then negotiate a final contract.
The scope of work for the Union Station Enhancement project includes:
- Replacement of four existing tracks and two narrow platforms with two new tracks and two wider platforms;
- Expansion of Platform 24/25;
- Construction of a new covered south platform;
- Protect for level boarding; and
- Development of a new contiguous concourse area below, extending from York to Bay Street, providing an east-west functionality through the station.
A successful bidder is expected to be announced in winter 2018.
The project is being delivered as a Design Build Finance (DBF) contract using Infrastructure Ontario’s Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model.