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Geoff Hogan appointed inaugural CEO of SWIFT

Posted on September 15, 2017
The board of directors of the SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Initiative has announced the appointment of Geoff Hogan as SWIFT's inaugural chief executive officer (CEO). Reporting to the board, the CEO is the key management leader of SWIFT and responsible for overseeing a multi-faceted team dedicated to the implementation and delivery of the SWIFT Network, including administration, project management, financial oversight, marketing, and stakeholder outreach. Hogan brings a history of entrepreneurial and management experience to the role [...]

Ontario seeking design concepts for hydrogen-powered GO trains

Posted on September 15, 2017
Ontario is electrifying the GO rail network to transform how people move around the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), and is seeking design concepts for Hydrogen-powered trains as an alternative to conventional overhead wires. Through the GO Regional Express Rail (RER) program, Ontario will deliver faster and more frequent electrified rail service on core segments of the GO rail network and UP Express. As part of planning the electrification, Ontario is undertaking a feasibility study on the use of hydrogen fuel cells. Recent advances in the use [...]

RFP closes for Stouffville Corridor Stations Improvements project

Posted on September 11, 2017
The Request for Proposals (RFP) stage for the Stouffville Corridor Stations Improvements project has closed. The prequalified teams of bidders submitted their proposals to design, build, and finance the improvements to the three GO stations, including new pedestrian connections, track upgrades, and platform canopies. The project also includes a new grade-separated crossing and railway overpass bridge at Steeles Avenue. "Metrolinx is pleased to acknowledge the next step towards upgrading Agincourt, Milliken, and Unionville GO stations,” said Robert Siddall [...]

Canada approves Ambassador Bridge Enhancement Project

Posted on September 7, 2017
The Government of Canada has announced that it has approved the Canadian Transit Company’s application for the proposed Ambassador Bridge Enhancement Project spanning the Detroit River between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan to replace the existing bridge. In addition to approving the Canadian Transit Company’s application, the Government is moving forward expeditiously with the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. The project will see the construction of a six-lane bridge to replace the 87-year-old current Ambassador Bridge, as well as [...]

McCall appointed as Parsons' Toronto Infrastructure Market Leader

Posted on September 6, 2017
Parsons has announced the appointment of Joanne McCall, senior vice president, to the position of market leader for the Greater Toronto Region. She will immediately assume responsibility for growing business in the region, while she continues her current duties as Parsons’ Civil/Structural Division leader for Canada until a replacement is named. In her new role, McCall will oversee regional business development not only in Parsons’ Civil/Structural Division, but also in Parsons’ Transport, Systems, and Industrial divisions. “The Government of Canada [...]

RFP closed for Toronto Courthouse project

Posted on September 6, 2017
The request for proposals stage has closed for teams to submit their bids to design, build, finance, and maintain the new Toronto courthouse located at 11 Centre Avenue, bordered by Chestnut and Armoury Streets. Following a fair, open, and transparent request for qualifications process, two teams—EllisDon Infrastructure and Plenary Justice—were prequalified and invited to respond to a request for proposals in October 2016. The two teams were chosen based on their design and construction capability, experience, facilities management capacity, and financial [...]

Software issues could delay Waterloo ION LRT

Posted on September 5, 2017
The Region of Waterloo has suggested that the ION light rail transit project could face future delays due to software issues with the vehicles to be used on the line. According to an article from the Waterloo Region Record, the project faces new delays as a result of issues with the core operating software used to run the trains. The Region of Waterloo signed a 14-train, $92.4-million deal with Bombardier in July of 2013. The original vehicle schedule delivery stated that the first vehicle for the line was to be delivered in 2016, with all of the vehicles [...]

Del Duca releases statement on station interference

Posted on August 29, 2017
Ontario’s minister of transportation, Steven Del Duca, has issued a statement following the release of a Toronto Star that claimed his ministry interfered with the selection of GO train stations to be built as part of the Regional Express Rail project. Here is Del Duca’s statement in full: "In June 2016 Metrolinx's Board of Directors gave approval for the addition of 12 new GO stations across the network. This decision came as a result of initial business case analysis, extensive consultation with municipal and regional representatives, community [...]

Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat leaving the City of Toronto

Posted on August 28, 2017
The City of Toronto has announced that, after five years as chief planner and executive director of the City Planning division, Jennifer Keesmaat has decided to leave her position effective September 29 to pursue other interests. Keesmaat joined the municipality in September 2012 and since then has successfully championed and led a wide array of projects including the first comprehensive plan for the downtown in 40 years (TOCore), Toronto’s first Council-approved Transit Network Plan (Feeling Congested), OMB reform, Chief Planner Roundtables, the Ravine [...]

Controversy erupts over new GO stations

Posted on August 28, 2017
Questions have arisen over the legitimacy of two stops selected as part of Metrolinx’s $13.5-billion Regional Express Rail project. According to an article from the Toronto Star, two stations originally rejected through Metrolinx’s analysis were later approved as a result of ‘pressure’ from the provincial transportation ministry. The Star obtained over 1,000 pages of documents through a freedom of information request which “ reveal the behind-the-scenes story of how Metrolinx ignored this analysis and approved the two contentious stations [...]
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