Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to build and finance the Lakeshore East—Central Corridor Expansion project. The infrastructure upgrades are required to accommodate the planned expansion of GO Transit rail service on the Lakeshore East line.
The RFQ outlines the scope of work required, which includes:
- Two grade separations – Scarborough Golf Club Road and Morningside Avenue;
- Track and grading work from Galloway Road to Beechgrove Drive (approximately 3.4 km); and
- All supporting infrastructure, including retaining walls along the central segment of the Lakeshore East corridor.
This project is part of Metrolinx’s planned expansion of GO Transit rail service in support of GO Regional Express Rail (RER). GO RER will provide faster, more frequent and more convenient transit service across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), including electrification of core segments of the GO rail network by 2024-25.
Major infrastructure updates are required to bring this level of service to communities across the region, including: modifying GO stations, improving rail crossings, building required systems for electrification, and adding new locomotives and train control systems.
“We are moving forward with transforming the GO rail network from a rush hour commuter-based rail service to a true regional transit system,” said Steven Del Duca, Ontario minister of transportation. “The improvements we are making to the Lakeshore East corridor bring us another step closer to delivering more GO train service to commuters and families in Toronto, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, and Oshawa.”
The RFQ is the first step in the procurement process to select a team to deliver the project. IO and Metrolinx will evaluate submissions to prequalify project teams with the relevant construction experience. Teams that qualify will be invited to respond to a request for proposals early next year. Interested companies must register with www.merx.com to download the RFQ.
The project is being delivered using IO’s Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model, an innovative way of financing and procuring large, complex public infrastructure projects.