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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 [...]

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 [...]

Release date announced for RFP for Hamilton's Pier 8 development

Posted on March 15, 2017
The City of Hamilton has announced that the launch date of the Pier 8 Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will be on April 18, 2017. The City’s West Harbour staff formally made the announcement earlier today at MIPIM (Le marché international des professionnels de l’immobilier), the world’s largest real estate exhibition taking place this week in France. The RFQ is the first of a two-stage solicitation process that offers private developers the opportunity to purchase and build on 5.24 hectares of fully serviced, mixed-use lands that are integrated [...]

Most opposition to light rail based on process: report

Posted on March 15, 2017
A new report from the Pembina Institute shows that most opponents to new light rail projects in Ontario aren’t opposed to rapid transit in general, but actually take issue with the process and how decisions are made. Best practices like engaging early, being transparent, and working closely with developers and landowners can go a long way to making a project more likely to succeed. Getting on Board: learning from planning and engagement around rapid transit projects in Ontario, produced in collaboration with Evergreen, studies four rapid transit projects [...]

Contract awarded for Highway 427 expansion project

Posted on March 14, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation have announced that LINK 427 has signed a fixed-priced contract to design, build, finance, and maintain the Highway 427 expansion project. The contract value of the Highway 427 expansion project is approximately $616M, which reflects payments to be made during construction, the substantial completion payment and the monthly service payments before inflation adjustments. Ongoing maintenance and repairs will ensure Highway 427 is kept in good condition over the contract term. LINK 427 will [...]

Understanding Ontario's construction market

Posted on March 13, 2017
A record crowd of more than 300 people gathered at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the Ontario Construction Secretariat’s State of the Industry and Outlook Conference 2017. The annual event provides a snapshot of the Ontario construction market, with a focus on the province’s industrial, commercial, and institutional sectors. Ontario Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn started the day by praising the workforce for the job done to reduce the number of workplace injuries. Since 2003, workplace incidents across Ontario have dropped by more than 50 [...]

Ottawa approves Stage 2 LRT project

Posted on March 10, 2017
Councillors at the City of Ottawa have approved plans for the Stage 2 LRT project, the largest infrastructure project in the city’s history. According to a CBC News report, city officials approved the plan that will see the LRT system extended in three directions, with a substantial completion date expected for 2023. The city hopes to issue the RFP this spring, but that date could change, as officials wait for financial support to be announced by the federal government. Both the city and province have committed one-third of the original $3 billion [...]

Executive committee supports Scarborough subway plan

Posted on March 8, 2017
Toronto Mayor John Tory’s Executive Committee has approved the plan for a one-stop Scarborough subway extension, with an estimated price tag of $3.35 billion. According to an article from the Toronto Star, only one member of the committee voted against the proposal, Ward 43 Councillor Paul Ainslie who supports a previously-recommended light rail transit plan instead of the subway. Organizations lobbying for both plans, subway and LRT, has been very vocal in recent weeks as Toronto City Council looks to make a final decision on what transit plan to [...]

Gordie Howe International Bridge to include pedestrian access

Posted on March 6, 2017
The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) has announced that, as a result of public consultation and feedback and engagement with Canada Border Services Agency and US Customs and Border Protection, the Gordie Howe International Bridge will include a dedicated multi-use path that will accommodate pedestrians and cyclists. WDBA has asked the three proponent teams to include this design element in their responses to the Request for Proposals. It will be up to the Proponents to provide design details to best incorporate this active transportation feature [...]
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