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Metrolinx files appeal over Bombardier decision

Posted on May 25, 2017
Metrolinx is appealing a court decision that has prevented them cancelling a $770-million contract with Bombardier for light rail vehicles (LRVs). According to an article from the Toronto Star, the notice of appeal follows last month’s decision from an Ontario judge, which stated that Metrolinx must go through a dispute resolution process with Bombardier rather than cancel the contract outright. Bombardier has stated publicly that it still plans to meet its commitment to deliver the light rail vehicles in time for the opening of the Eglinton LRT in [...]

Peel Region receives $103 million for water infrastructure

Posted on May 24, 2017
The governments of Canada and Ontario have announced that 30 new projects in the Region of Peel have been approved under the Government of Canada's Clean Water and Waste Water Fund. The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding for these projects—over $69 million. The provincial government is providing up to 25 per cent of funding for these projects—over $34 million, and the recipient will provide the balance of funding. Thanks to this investment, residents in the Region of Peel will benefit from a number of sewage pumping stations [...]

RFP closed for Cooksville Station project

Posted on May 24, 2017
The request for proposals stage has closed for teams to submit their bids to design, build, and finance the Cooksville Station project, part of the GO Regional Express Rail (RER) program. Following the request for qualifications process, two teams - EllisDon Infrastructure Transit and Kenaidan Obayashi Transit Partner - were prequalified and invited to respond to a request for proposals in January 2017. Both teams have submitted their proposals by the deadline. Over the next several months, Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx will evaluate the proposals [...]

Ontario government to investigate high speed rail corridor

Posted on May 19, 2017
The Government of Ontario has announced that it will spend $15 million on an environmental assessment (EA) to determine the feasibility of a high speed rail line in southwestern Ontario. The proposed line would run from Toronto to Windsor, with potential stops at Pearson International Airport, as well as in Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Chatham-Kent, and Windsor. The announcement was made by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne in London, who suggested that the project is needed, in part, because Ontario is “outgrowing our current transportation network.” The [...]

Bidders selected for Brockville General Hospital redevelopment

Posted on May 18, 2017
Five companies have been invited to compete for the contract to build and finance the Brockville General Hospital Redevelopment Project. An open, competitive request for qualifications process, overseen by Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Brockville General Hospital, began June 2015. This process identified five teams with the construction and financial capacity to deliver a project of this size and scope. The prequalified teams invited to submit proposals for the project are: EllisDon Corporation M. Sullivan and Son, Ltd. PCL Constructors Canada [...]

Ontario to overhaul land use planning appeals system

Posted on May 17, 2017
Ontario is taking action to overhaul the province's land use planning appeals system to give communities a stronger voice and ensure people have access to faster, fairer, and more affordable hearings. In the coming weeks, legislation will be introduced to create the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, which would, if passed, replace the Ontario Municipal Board. The new tribunal would be mandated to give greater weight to the decisions of local communities, while ensuring that development and growth occurs in a way that is good for Ontario and its future. This [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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