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York commits to electric bus demonstration

Posted on March 27, 2017
The Regional Municipality of York has confirmed its involvement in the Pan-Ontario Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial by approving the purchase of six fully battery electric transit vehicles to operate in the Town of Newmarket, Ont. The Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) brought York Region Transit together with funding partners, research teams, technology tools, and manufacturing stakeholders. The York Region project is unique as it is the first time an e-bus project is being supported by a power provider, Newmarket-Tay [...]

Alberta announces $149 million restoration at U of A

Posted on March 24, 2017
The Government of Alberta is investing $149 million over four years to restore the University of Alberta’s historic Dentistry/Pharmacy Building. The renovated building will serve as the university’s new administrative hub, where all administrative processes including Office of the Registrar will be relocated. It will also provide an increase in student service space to 17,800 square metres and free up room across campus that will be repurposed for student learning areas. Along with the long-term benefits, the project will create an estimated 18,750 [...]

GNWT releases RFQ for Tłı̨chǫ all-season road

Posted on March 24, 2017
The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has begun the formal procurement process for the Tłı̨chǫ All Season Road (TASR) by releasing the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain an all-season road to Whatì. “Construction of the Tłı̨chǫ All Season Road is a priority of the 18th Legislative Assembly,” said Robert McLeod, minister of finance for the government of the Northwest Territories. “The project is a critical piece of infrastructure that will result in significant benefits for the Tłı̨chǫ [...]

Canada approved for Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Posted on March 24, 2017
Canada has been named as one of 13 applicants approved for inclusion in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Its approval marks the first North American country to become part of the Bank. According to an article from the Toronto Star, the China-led bank will provide infrastructure capital for major projects in countries throughout the continent. The federal government has been supportive of the bank since its creation in 2015, believing that it will open new global opportunities for Canadian companies. The addition of 13 new applicants brings [...]

Ontario extending Richmond Hill GO transit line

Posted on March 24, 2017
Ontario is extending the Richmond Hill GO line with the construction of a new GO station at Highway 404 and Bloomington Road. The new station will extend the Richmond Hill GO rail line north from the current terminus at Gormley GO Station, and will offer commuters living in Aurora and Whitchurch-Stouffville convenient access to GO Transit service. The station will be fully-accessible and include a 765-space parking structure, charging for electric vehicles, heated shelters, a platform snowmelt system, a kiss & ride area and a covered six-bay bus [...]

Pomerleau unveils its new vision, values

Posted on March 23, 2017
After a coast-to-coast expansion and the celebration of its 50th anniversary, both in 2016, Pomerleau decided to revisit its corporate vision and values. “It was a perfect moment to reflect on our evolution and our future goals—and the ideal time for us to rethink a vision and values that are in line with our ambitions,” said president and CEO Pierre Pomerleau. “These are values that will grow with us—and that will make us grow. They will guide our behaviour and our decisions from now on,” he explained. Internal focus groups with employees [...]

Alberta commits $270.6 million to the University of Calgary

Posted on March 23, 2017
The Government of Alberta is committing $270.6 million over four years for 500 new study and classroom spaces with the renovation of the MacKimmie Complex and Professional Faculties building at the University of Calgary. The investment will renew student spaces for the faculties of Nursing and Social Work and improve student access to post-secondary education. It will also mean more room for student services, increase student study and classroom spaces, and create a centre for entrepreneurship. Redevelopment work at the existing four-storey MacKimmie [...]

Alberta to twin Highway 15 bridge

Posted on March 23, 2017
The Government of Alberta plans to fully twin the critical Highway 15 corridor between Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan. The much-needed project involves construction of a second bridge crossing the North Saskatchewan River at the southern entrance to the City of Fort Saskatchewan and twinning the remaining two-lane section of Highway 15 towards Edmonton. An expanded Highway 15 bridge will support economic development and diversification by improving the connection between Fort Saskatchewan and Sturgeon County through the Industrial Heartland. This [...]

RFQ issued for Lakeshore East—East Corridor Expansion

Posted on March 23, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to build and finance the Lakeshore East - East 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: Right-of-Way (ROW) works to construct 11 kilometers of third track infrastructure between Beechgrove Road and Durham Junction Expansion and upgrade of two rail bridges at [...]

Investments in roads is Ontario’s traffic solution: survey

Posted on March 21, 2017
A new survey released by a broad consortium of both public and private sector transportation organizations found that more than nine in ten Ontarians (96 per cent) support government investment in transportation infrastructure, and among those surveyed, ranked investments in roads and bridges as number two on their list of top infrastructure spending priorities. A majority of Ontarians feel that traffic is at least somewhat of a concern in their daily lives, and many see investments in road infrastructure as the solution to road traffic concerns across [...]
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