The government of Ontario has launched the first two public-private partnership Requests for Qualifications for the design, construction and maintenance of Ontario Line metro project.
The project is being built under three separate public-private partnership contracts and in addition, some segments of the Ontario Line, where the alignment joins GO Transit rail corridors, will be procured separately. Work on these sections is expected to start before construction commences on the three major work packages.
“By issuing these first RFQs we are one step closer to realizing our transit vision and helping to generate economic activity and create tens of thousands of jobs as the province recovers from COVID-19,” Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transport said.
These first two RFQs will include rolling stock systems, an operations and maintenance contract for the entire line and a design-build-finance contract for the southern portion of the Ontario Line. The RFQ for the northern civil package will be released once the successful proponent for the southern civil package is identified.
Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx will evaluate RFQ submissions and the shortlisted companies will be invited to respond to a Request for Proposals in fall 2020.
The 15.5 km Ontario Line will extend from Exhibition/Ontario Place to the Ontario Science Centre. The line will be served by 15 stations including 17 new multi-modal connections to GO Transit network, existing TTC subway stations and tram lines, and the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.
The Ontario line project is estimated at CAD 10.9 billion (USD 8 billion) and it is expected to be completed by 2027.
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) will be responsible for daily operations. Maintenance that the project company could be responsible for includes re-establishing Ontario Line operations, restoring power, coordinating with utility companies or others depending on the source of failure to restore operations.
“Moving forward with these procurement contracts signals the government remains committed to building much needed transit infrastructure to reduce congestion and contribute to the economic recovery and renewal of our province,” Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure.
The Ontario Line is part of the CAD 28.5 billion (USD 21 billion) transport strategy which envisages the expansion to Ontario’s transit network. The vision includes four rapid transit projects, including the Ontario Line metro project. In March, the technical advisors selection process has been launched for the four transit projects which involves the Ontario Line, Scarborough metro, Yonge North and the Eglinton Crosstown West.