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RFQ issued for Early Stations’ Improvements project

Posted on July 28, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design, build, and finance the Early Stations' Improvement project. The infrastructure upgrades on the GO transit lines are required to accommodate the planned increase in GO rail networks. The RFQ outlines the scope of work required, which includes: Rail platform edge tile; Service information digital signage; Electrical capacity and electrical room upgrades; New fare device installations and replacement of existing devices; Elevator [...]

Prequalified teams invited to bid on OPP Modernization Phase Two Project

Posted on July 24, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) have released a request for proposals (RFP) to the three prequalified teams to design, build, and finance nine new detachments for phase two of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Modernization project. Teams were selected following the request for qualifications process that began in January 2017. The following teams were shortlisted based on their design and construction experience, as well as the qualified personnel and financial capacity, to deliver a [...]

Dufferin Street bridge work completed for GO RER

Posted on July 24, 2017
The Government of Ontario has announced the completion of the Dufferin Street Bridge Widening project, a milestone in the GO Regional Express Rail (RER) program. Passing over Queen Street West, the Dufferin Street Bridge has been widened to accommodate the additional track needed to increase service levels between Toronto and Barrie on the Barrie GO corridor. Ontario is also partnering with the City of Toronto to extend the West Toronto Railpath multi-use trail. The trail will run along the existing rail corridor, connecting cyclists and pedestrians [...]

RFP closed for Highway 401 Tunnel Project

Posted on July 24, 2017
The request for proposals (RFP) stage has closed for prequalified teams to submit their proposals to design, build, and finance the Highway 401 Rail Tunnel project, as part of the GO Regional Express Rail (RER) program. The tunnel is a portion of the work being done on the Kitchener GO Corridor as part of the investment in the RER program. Following Infrastructure Ontario's request for qualifications process, three teams—Kiewit, TK Linx, and Toronto Tunnel Partners‑were prequalified and invited to respond to a request for proposals in February 2017 [...]

Ontario announces upgrades to Highway 6 in Guelph

Posted on July 17, 2017
The Ministry of Transportation has started the next phase of design work to upgrade the Hanlon Expressway (Highway 6) to a full freeway from Maltby Road northerly to the Speed River. The project will improve commute times to help people get home to their families faster and keep goods moving efficiently. Traffic volumes on Highway 6 in Guelph range from approximately 25,000 to 45,000 vehicles per day. The plan includes: The construction of new interchanges at Kortright Road/Downey Road and at Stone Road like the one completed at Laird Road in 2013; Replacing [...]

Ontario seeking feedback on draft northern transportation strategy

Posted on July 17, 2017
Ontario has released a draft strategy to guide transportation policy in Northern Ontario for the next 25 years and is seeking feedback from the community. A first of its kind in Ontario, the strategy outlines the province's vision and goals for Northern Ontario's transportation system, and actions to address the unique challenges faced by the region across all modes of transportation—air, rail, road, and marine. The draft strategy strengthens and builds on the current transportation system to improve quality of life, maintain vital connections, prepare [...]

Ontario invests in rehabilitation of 131 hospitals

Posted on July 12, 2017
The Government of Ontario has announced that it will provide funding for repairs and upgrades to 131 hospitals this year, in an effort to provide patients with high-quality care in a safe and healthy environment. Minister of health and long-term care Dr. Eric Hoskins made the announcement at the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, which will receive over $2.3 million this year to revitalize its facilities. “Hospitals appreciate the support of the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund for maintaining buildings and systems essential to high-quality care,” [...]

Ottawa looks to adjust Stage 2 LRT plan

Posted on July 7, 2017
City of Ottawa officials are discussing the possibility of further extending one of the lines already being extended as part of the $3-billion Stage 2 LRT project. The new alignment would move Bowesville Station to the edge of the urban boundary just southeast of the Bowesville and Earl Armstrong intersection, bringing rail almost a full kilometre closer to the Riverside South community. The new alignment also takes advantage of an existing City-owned rail corridor, ultimately reducing the environmental impact on sensitive green spaces, in addition to [...]

Toronto to receive $4.8 billion for transit

Posted on July 6, 2017
Toronto mayor John Tory has released a letter acknowledging that the city will receive $4.8 billion from the federal government for future transit projects. The funding Is part of phase two of the federal government’s public transit infrastructure funding. “I would like to thank Minister Sohi and the federal government for providing transformative transit investments based on the ridership of municipal transit systems, of which the TTC carries the highest number of riders from throughout the region every day. Tory notes that the funding awarded [...]

Early success for pole-mounted energy storage pilot program

Posted on July 6, 2017
A pole-mounted energy storage system located in Toronto's North York neighbourhood is showing positive results in the early stages of a pilot program. Put into service in August 2016, the energy storage system is mounted to the top of an existing hydro pole. The system stores energy during off-peak hours and releases power as needed. The project team is currently monitoring how the technology responds to real-time data. From initial results, the energy storage system has demonstrated an ability to reduce strain on the local transformer. The pilot continues [...]
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