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London moving forward with bus rapid transit

Posted on May 17, 2017
The City of London is moving forward with a plan for a $440-million bus rapid transit (BRT) system. According to an article from the London Free Press, the finalized routes for the BRT would provide the city with access along major corridors in all directions, with access to the city core, Western University, Fanshawe College, and Victoria Hospital. One of the major sticking points had been the need to address an alternative route through a freight rail corridor, which runs just north of the downtown. However, an original plan for an underground tunnel [...]

QUEST signs MOU with NRCan to develop smart energy solutions

Posted on May 17, 2017
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) – CanmetENERGY – Ottawa and QUEST - Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on the advancement of smart energy solutions across Canada. The collaboration is intended to facilitate joint research and technical support for micro-grids, community energy planning, distributed energy resources and integration, combined heat and power (CHP), district energy, as well as develop and support programming, networking, and training activities for Canadian communities. “QUEST [...]

TransLink launches electric bus trial

Posted on May 16, 2017
TransLink has begun a three-month test of an electric battery-powered bus. It is one of a number of environmentally friendly bus technology trials TransLink plans to launch to help the region meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals. The bus in this demo, supplied by BYD Canada at no cost to TransLink, uses slow-charge technology with an advertised range of approximately 250 kilometers on a single charge. It will be recharged nightly at the Vancouver Transit Centre where the electric trolley fleet is based, and will run on routes in Vancouver. This trial [...]

Council approves phase 1 of Green Line LRT

Posted on May 16, 2017
Calgary City Council has voted in favour of building phase 1 of the Green Line light rail transit (LRT) system. According to a report from CBC News, council approved the current version of the route by a vote of 12-3. The $4.5-billion transit system is designed to run from 16th Avenue North to 126 Ave. S.E., with an underground tunnel running through the downtown portion of the route. The City of Calgary and the federal government have both committed one-third of the project funding, approximately $1.5 billion each, with a provincial commitment yet [...]

SWIFT announces RFPQ/RFP for fibre-optic infrastructure

Posted on May 15, 2017
The Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Network is releasing a two stage Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ)/Request for Proposal (RFP) process this spring to begin investing nearly $300 million in building broadband in Southwestern Ontario. The network will be competitively bid and designed through a multi-stage RFPQ/RFP process. The RFPQ process will contain two stages and will be used to establish a list of pre-qualified Telecom Service Providers to submit proposal(s) in response to subsequent RFP(s) for the network construction. The [...]

Manitoba launches Municipal Road and Bridge Program

Posted on May 12, 2017
The Government of Manitoba is now accepting 2017 proposals through a single-window application intake for the Municipal Road and Bridge Program. The Municipal Road and Bridge Program was developed in partnership with the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM), and includes two program components: the Municipal Road Improvement Program and the Municipal Bridge Program. Municipalities and Northern Affairs communities can submit applications for cost-shared funding for municipal road and bridge projects. In addition to the $747 million that Manitoba [...]

Highway 19 upgrades underway in Alberta

Posted on May 12, 2017
Construction is underway on the $25-million upgrade of a section of Highway 19 in Alberta. The work includes upgrading and installation of traffic signals at 34 Street (Range Road 252) and construction of a new intersection to the west at 42 Street. Highway 19 will be widened from two lanes to six lanes along the 1.8-kilometre section of road at the east end of the highway. In addition, ramp improvements will be made at the Highway 2 interchange. Alberta Transportation is cost-sharing the project with Remington Development Corporation and Edmonton International [...]

Metrolinx orders LRVs from Alstom

Posted on May 12, 2017
Metrolinx has entered into an agreement to purchase 61 Citadis Spirit light rail transit vehicles (LRVs) from Alstom, with the intention of having them available for use on the Eglinton Crosstown project if necessary. Seventeen of the 61 LRVs will be purpose-built for use on the Finch West LRT, with the other 44 to be available for the Eglinton LRT, should they be needed to help open the line by the end of 2021. The LRVs were scheduled to be delivered by Bombardier, but the company’s ability to do so has been put into question based on their inability [...]

Edmonton approves ambitious Sustainable Building policy

Posted on May 10, 2017
Edmonton’s City Council has approved a new Sustainable Buildings Policy, the most ambitious for a major Canadian city with a carbon intensive electricity grid. “Energy and climate change are the top sustainability and resiliency challenges facing Edmonton. We know that 39 per cent of Edmonton’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 42 per cent of our energy consumption is from buildings,” says Jenny Hong, senior project manager for the Energy Transition Strategy. “It’s important for the city to show leadership in sustainable building practices [...]

RFQ issued for Rutherford Station project

Posted on May 10, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design, build and finance the Rutherford Station project. The infrastructure upgrades are required to accommodate the planned expansion of GO Transit rail service on the Barrie line. The RFQ outlines the scope of work required, which includes: New multi-level parking structure with integrated station building Re-design of surface parking, kiss and ride, bus loop and pedestrian access Rail/road grade separation on Rutherford Road New [...]
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