Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Advance Tunnel Contract package for the Yonge North Subway Extension. The Yonge North Subway Extension will extend the TTC’s Line 1 subway service approximately 8 kilometres from the existing terminus at Finch Station into the City of Richmond Hill.

“The RFP release is the next critical step in our government’s plan to extend subway service north from Finch Station to communities in Markham, Vaughan and Richmond Hill, for the first time ever,” said Prabmeet Sarkaria, Minister of Transportation. “As York Region grows, we’re building the Yonge North Subway Extension to ensure our transit infrastructure keeps up, while providing people with access to better, more reliable public transit.”

Three teams were shortlisted through a Request for Qualification (RFQ) process conducted earlier this year and are now invited to respond to the RFP. The teams and their prime team members are:

CrossTransit Group

  • Applicant Leads: VINCI Construction Grands Projets, Ferrovial Construction Canada Inc.
  • Design Prime Team Member: SENER SES Canada Inc.
  • Construction Prime Team Members: Ferrovial Construction Canada Inc., Janin Atlas Inc.

North End Connectors

  • Applicant Leads: Aecon Infrastructure Management Inc., Dragados Canada Inc., Ghella Canada Ltd.
  • Design Prime Team Members: EXP Services Inc., TYPSA Inc.
  • Construction Prime Team Members: Aecon Infrastructure Management Inc., Dragados Canada Inc., Ghella Canada Ltd.

Toronto-York Tunnel Connectors

  • Applicant Leads: Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc., Bouygues Construction Canada
  • Design Prime Team Members: Hatch Ltd., Parsons Inc.
  • Construction Prime Team Members: Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc., Bouygues Construction Canada

These teams will respond to the RFP with proposals that detail how they will deliver the project. Upon evaluating the proposals received, IO and Metrolinx expect to award this tunnelling contract in late 2024.

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“Moving the search for a tunnel constructor to the next phase is an important step toward bringing faster, more convenient transit to Toronto, Vaughan, Markham and Richmond Hill. When it opens, the Yonge North Subway Extension will put 26,000 more people within a short walk of the subway and reduce travel times for customers travelling between York Region and Toronto by up to 22 minutes,” said Phil Verster, president and CEO, Metrolinx.

“With today’s release of the shortlisted teams and Request for Proposals for the Advance Tunnel project, we’re one step closer to delivering the Yonge North Subway Extension. This important north-south route further connects York Region and the City of Toronto and will bring fast, efficient transit to commuters and families,” said Michael Lindsay, president and CEO, Infrastructure Ontario.

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